Omaha gave the Rainiers something to remember on Memorial Day, stunning Tacoma with five runs in the eighth to win 8-5.
This one felt like a Tacoma win. The Rainiers built the lead when Jesus Montero hit a two-out, two-run double in the third inning. Tacoma took a 5-2 lead into the seventh inning stretch.
Omaha scored one run in the bottom of the seventh, but Tony Zych got a big double play grounder to escape a jam.
Mayckol Guaipe was summoned for the eighth, and he’s had an excellent season so far. Here’s what happened:
- Batter grounds out.
- Rainiers drop a routine pop fly, batter reaches first.
- Dusty Coleman hits his second career Triple-A home run, 5-5 tie.
- Batter reaches on infield single off glove of diving third baseman.
- Rey Fuentes lines two-run homer to right field, Omaha leads 7-5
Omaha added another run, and the Rainiers lost their fourth in a row and dropped a season-worst nine games under .500
Here are some bad stats that can’t continue (Right? They can’t possibly continue): during the four-game losing streak, Tacoma has allowed 38 runs on 60 hits. That’s 9.5 runs and 15 hits per game. Yikes.
Hopefully things will turn around tonight. Omaha is the two-time defending Triple-A Champion, but they are only 22-23 this year.
Yesterday: Omaha stunned Tacoma, overcoming a 5-3 deficit in the bottom of the eighth when Dusty Coleman and Rey Fuentes each hit two-run homers in the inning. Neither player is a power hitter.
Roster Move: Seattle activated Austin Jackson from the disabled list and optioned reliever Danny Farquhar to Tacoma.
Today: Tacoma (18-27) at Omaha (22-23), 4:35 (Pacific).
Opponent Affiliation: Omaha is the Kansas City Royals affiliate.
Season Series: Omaha leads, 1-0.
Starting Pitchers: LHP Mike Montgomery (3-4, 3.83) at RHP Aaron Brooks (3-3, 3.76)
Montgomery has been sick this week; we hope he is recovered enough to give the Rainiers a much-needed start of decent length. Brooks went 12-3, 3.88 for Omaha last year, then he tossed a complete game shutout in Game Five of the PCL Championship Series against Reno.
Injury Update: Stefen Romero has missed three straight games with a hip flexor; he’s listed as day-to-day. Also, reliever Edgar Olmos is away from the team for the birth of his child; he’ll come back as soon as possible.
Hot Rainiers: Pat Kivlehan is 6-for-15 with two homers in his last four games. Speedy Leon Landry has hit safely in six straight and is walking at a good clip. Franklin Gutierrez is 6-for-12 over his last three games.
Look Out For: Rey Fuentes hit the game-winning homer yesterday; he’s 8-for-16 over his last four games. And while he didn’t play yesterday, catcher Francisco Pena (Tony’s kid) hit 27 homers for the PCL champions last year, but he’s off to a slow start in 2015. That being said, he has hit safely in four straight games and ripped his second HR of the season against Reno on Friday.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 4:20 (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 includes comments from manager Pat Listach. The story from the Omaha paper has perspective from Rey Fuentes and manager Brian Poldberg.
- Robinson Cano had a pair of key hits and Roenis Elias tossed a gem in the Mariners win at Tampa on Monday night.
- Ryan Divish has more on the Mariners roster move and what is going to happen later this week.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook includes his thoughts on the upcoming tough roster decision.
- This week’s edition of The 30 from Jonah Keri swings back around to the Mariners.
- Here’s a fun report on a road trip to the Mariners new Bakersfield affiliate.
- In the PCL, Memphis is red-hot. The Redbirds reeled off their eighth straight win, taking down first-place Fresno 5-1 in the series opener. Fresno Bee columnist Marek W. says the real show in Fresno occurs during batting practice.
- For four days, the Oakland A’s are back at Raley Field. The River Cats honored alum Barry Zito, then got shut out by Nashville 5-0.
- Reno’s Jamie Romak homered in an 8-3 win at Iowa. The story focuses on still-red-hot Iowa Cubbie Taylor Davis.
- Las Vegas lefty Duane Below pitched his first career complete game and shutout in his last start, which came against Tacoma. Then yesterday he tossed another CG in a 9-2 win over Colorado Springs.
- Corey Seager hit his first two Triple-A home runs in Oklahoma City’s 6-1 win at Salt Lake.
- Round Rock’s field was flooded, so the Express will host El Paso in a doubleheader today.
- Second verse, same as the first: Albuquerque was rained out at New Orleans and they are playing two today.
- ESPN’s Keith Law updated his Top 25 Prospects list and the No. 1 and No. 2 spots go to players in the PCL (Insider access required for link).
Looks like we’ll be dodging rain showers in Omaha tonight. This is no place for a rainout – let’s get ’em in.