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.
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.
- Sunday was frustrating for the Rainiers, and you can read about it in the game story from The News Tribune.
- Felix became the fourth-youngest pitcher in baseball history to reach 2,000 strikeouts as the Mariners polished off a sweep of the Oakland A’s.
- John McGrath has a column on how a great pitcher (Felix) can allow two homers to a player who is not exactly a household name.
- The Mariners have just three games in the next five days, so Lloyd McClendon is considering juggling the starting rotation.
- Tumwater resident Stephen Vogt is suddenly an all-star candidate.
- Jona Keri’s new edition of The 30 includes a look at former Rainiers star Michael Pineda and his Yankees. Pineda had 16 strikeouts yesterday.
- Former Mariners pitching coach Carl Willis was hired by the Red Sox.
- In the PCL, El Paso stunned Las Vegas by scoring three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 3-2 victory. Steven Matz pitched seven more scoreless innings.
- Reno and Salt Lake made up for Saturday’s rainout by splitting a doubleheader.
- Sacramento played another marathon, this time dropping a 17-inning game to Albuquerque, 5-4. It only took 4 hours, 56 minutes – which is rather remarkable.
- Barry Zito and Nashville shut out Round Rock, 7-0. Josh Hamilton went 1-for-3 on rehab for the Express, and he talked to The Tennessean.
- Iowa’s Junior Lake helped out in a 14-2 pasting of the Sky Sox.
- New Orleans starter Pat Misch bounced back from his record-setting HBP performance to toss six scoreless innings with no hit batters in a 7-0 win at Memphis. The Zephyrs go for a rare road sweep today.
- Oklahoma City at Omaha was rained out yesterday – they’re playing a makeup doubleheader in Omaha today.
Early start today!