The Rainiers got what they were looking for on Monday: a win on getaway day in Fresno, and the right to claim a .500 record on the road trip.
Now the Rainiers return to Cheney Stadium for an eight-game homestand, highlighted by the annual Salute to Armed Forces Night on Saturday.
Salt Lake is in town for the first four games – the Rainiers just split a series with them in Salt Lake City, and then the Bees dropped three-of-four at home to Reno while the Rainiers were in Fresno.
The Bees roster has changed a bit in just four days, adding infielders Efren Navarro and Ryan Jackson, as well as reliever Chad Smith.
After the Salt Lake series, we’ll get our first look at the Las Vegas 51s, who had a 14-game win streak end on Friday.
It should be a fun homestand and we hope to see you at the ballpark!
Yesterday: Justin Germano was the only pitcher to shine (on both clubs), allowing just two runs over seven innings in Tacoma’s 9-7 win at Fresno. Stefen Romero and Jesus Montero each had three hits for Tacoma. The Rainiers earned a split of the series and finished the road trip 4-4.
Today: Salt Lake (12-19) at Tacoma (14-18) 6:05 PM.
Opponent Affiliation: Salt Lake is the LA Angels affiliate.
Season Series: Tied, 2-2.
Starting Pitchers: LHP Andrew Heaney (4-0, 4.15) at RHP Sam Gaviglio (2-3, 5.83).
Roster Move: Tacoma transferred pitcher Trey Cochran-Gill back to Class-A Bakersfield. I’m sure we’ll see him for a longer stint down the road.
Hot Rainiers: Stefen Romero enjoyed his last three days in Fresno, going 5-for-11 with two homers. He has 13 RBIs over his last eight games. Jesus Montero has a seven-game hitting streak during which he is 13-for-28. Justin Germano‘s ERA sits at 1.74 after yesterday’s win.
Look Out For: Catcher Jett Bandy went bonkers the last four games, going 8-for-14 with ten RBIs. Marc Krauss has a ten-game hitting streak with 16 hits and 13 RBIs. The Bees also got Efren Navarro back from the Angels three days ago – he’s always a contender for the batting title when he’s in the PCL.
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.
- In the Rainiers game story for The News Tribune, manager Pat Listach suggests that PCL stands for Potential Comeback League.
- Larry Stone identifies several problem areas for the Mariners, but says there is plenty of time to fix them.
- The Mariners are looking for a boost from some veteran relievers.
- In the PCL, Reno edged Salt Lake 5-4 in front of over 15,000 kids yesterday. The Bees hope their kids day creates future fans. It was one year after the same event was marred by an ear-biting brawl.
- Las Vegas had a good start from Tyler Pill and beat El Paso, 3-1.
- Juan Perez and Sacramento walked-off Albuquerque, 5-4.
- Omaha blew out Oklahoma City in both games of a doubleheader.
- Round Rock beat Nashville in ten innings, 8-2. That’s right: they scored six runs in the top of the tenth.
- Dallas Beeler got roughed up in Iowa’s 13-7 loss to Colorado Springs.
- Memphis edged New Orleans in ten innings, 2-1, to avoid a four-game sweep.
- Fresno is adding top prospect Carlos Correa today.
- There was a scary bus accident in the Carolina League. Rainiers players were talking about this – everyone in Triple-A spent time in the bus leagues.