Early Mistakes Cost Tacoma

Tacoma made throwing errors on back-to-back plays in the second inning, leading to three unearned runs on Sunday afternoon. Those runs ended up deciding the game, as Fresno held on for a 3-2 victory over the Rainiers.

It was an unlucky day for Tacoma hitters, who had numerous hard-hit balls turn into outs. In particular, Fresno left fielder L.J. Hoes made a great diving catch of a Jesus Montero drive in the eighth inning, likely saving the tying run from scoring.

It was just that kind of game for Tacoma, which needs a win today to salvage a split of the series and a split of the road trip. The difference between a 4-4 road trip and a 3-5 road trip seems bigger than just one game: when you play .500 ball on the road, you feel pretty good about it.

We have the noon start today, and then the club returns home to face Salt Lake on Tuesday night.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Fresno scored three unearned runs in the second inning and hung on for a 3-2 win over Tacoma. Stefen Romero homered for the second straight game.

Today: Tacoma (13-18) at Fresno (16-14) 12:05 PM.

Opponent Affiliation: Fresno is the Houston Astros affiliate.

Season Series: Tacoma leads, 4-3.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Justin Germano (1-1, 1.50) at RHP Dan Straily (2-2, 4.44).

Roster Move: Tacoma added outfielder Leon Landry to the roster prior to Sunday’s game; he had been in extended spring training recovering from an illness. A speedy outfielder, Landry spent the last two seasons with Double-A Jackson. He hit .280 with 25 stolen bases last year.

Hot Rainiers: Stefen Romero has homered in consecutive games, and he has hit four of his six home runs this season against Fresno. Both Ketel Marte (15 games) and James Jones (14 games) saw their lengthy hitting streaks end on Sunday.

Look Out For: Fresno’s Alex Presley is 7-for-12 in this series.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 11:50 (Pacific) on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.

PCL Scoreboard: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.

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Early start today!

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