Tacoma shook up the pitching plans and then split a doubleheader with the Salt Lake Bees on Thursday night.
The Rainiers started Forrest Snow in the first game, as planned, but decided to turn game two into a bullpen game instead of using starting rotation member Mike Montgomery.
Andrew Kittredge made the spot start in the second game, and he delivered four shutout innings to help the Rainiers get a 4-0 win.
Montgomery – and the rest of the starting rotation – was pushed back one day. He’ll pitch tonight.
There could be further rotation adjustments this week: Snow left yesterday’s game after four innings with back trouble. He didn’t look like his usual self during the four innings he did pitch, but he gutted through it and allowed just two runs on solo homers. At this point we don’t know if Snow will make his next start, which is scheduled for the Tuesday day game.
Tonight we have the final game of the Salt Lake series, and the Rainiers need a win to get a split of the four-gamer. It’s fireworks night so stick around for the postgame show!
Yesterday: The two teams exchanged shutouts in the doubleheader on Thursday night. Salt Lake took the first game 2-0 behind left-hander Adam Wilk, who had Rainiers hitters mystified. Tacoma extracted its revenge in game two, claiming a 4-0 win. Surprise starter Andrew Kittredge delivered four shutout innings to lead the way.
Today: Salt Lake (14-20) at Tacoma (15-20) 7:05 PM.
Opponent Affiliation: Salt Lake is the LA Angels affiliate.
Season Series: Salt Lake leads, 4-3.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Nick Tropeano (1-1, 4.20) at LHP Mike Montgomery (3-2, 3.19)
At the risk of jinxing this into a 14-12 game, I’m excited by this pitching match-up. Tropeano led the PCL in ERA last year; he has a terrific change-up. Montgomery has been the Rainiers top starter so far. This could be a good duel tonight.
Hot Rainiers: Stefen Romero had a homer and a double in the second game. Romero has three homers in his last six games, and five homers so far this month.
Look Out For: Tacoma held Jett Bandy to an 0-for-3 last night, but still he is 11-for-21 with three HRs and 14 RBIs in his last six games.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 6:50 (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.
- The Rainiers game story from The News Tribune is right here.
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