Fairly new outfielder Leon Landry had a huge game as Tacoma topped Round Rock on Saturday evening, 7-3. It was the second straight win for the Rainiers.
Playing in just his 14th Triple-A game, Landry homered twice and made a terrific diving catch in right field. His first home run was a three-run blast which gave Tacoma a 4-0 lead in the third inning (part of a six-run Rainiers rally).
Landry has hit clean-up the last two days after doing it only one time previously in his 4.5-year professional career. He hasn’t been a power hitter in his career, but he’s been putting together good at-bats for the last two weeks so Cory Snyder decided to give him a shot in that spot. I’d say it worked.
Landry’s huge game overshadowed an effective outing by starter Forrest Snow, who allowed one run over six innings, and two more scoreless frames from hot reliever Logan Bawcom.
Yesterday: Leon Landry belted two home runs and made a diving catch to support starting pitcher Forrest Snow, and the Rainiers made it two straight wins with a 7-3 victory over Round Rock on Saturday.
Roster Moves: Prior to the game yesterday the Rainiers added pitchers Logan Kensing and James Gillheeney to the roster. Kensing was recently re-signed and has been working out at extended spring training; he was a PCL All-Star for Tacoma last year. Gillheeney returns to the club (for the first time this year) from Double-A Jackson.
Today: Round Rock (30-18) at Tacoma (21-29), 1:35.
Opponent Affiliation: Round Rock is the Texas Rangers affiliate.
Season Series: Tacoma leads, 2-0.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Alec Asher (0-0, 5.06) at LHP James Gillheeney (—)
Gillheeney is up from Double-A Jackson, where he went 3-1, 2.58 in 11 appearances (four starts). He’s starting in Mike Montgomery’s slot. Montgomery is “on hold” because the Mariners need a starter on Tuesday and they haven’t figured out what they are going to do yet. Since Montgomery is pitching well and is on the 40-man roster he’s a possibility to take that spot.
Injury Update: Stefen Romero has missed eight straight games with a hip flexor; he ran the bases and took batting practice yesterday.
Hot Rainiers: Leon Landry has hit safely in ten of his last 11 games, going 14-for-34. Franklin Gutierrez is 11-for-26 over his last seven games. Reliever Logan Bawcom has allowed just one run in his last 14.1 innings pitched.
Look Out For: Tyler Pastornicky went 3-for-5 yesterday, and he’s hit in 11 of 12 games since joining Round Rock on May 16th.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 1:20 (Pacific) on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here. It’s a Sunday, so Pacific Northwest broadcasting legend Bob Robertson joins me on the air. Among his many accomplishments, he called Tacoma Giants television games in 1960.
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 focuses on Leon Landry.
- My Sunday Minor League Notebook for the paper looks at a teenage Mariners pitcher and some top prospects in the PCL.
- The Mariners dropped a 4-3 decision to Cleveland on Saturday and are a game under .500 again.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook reports that James Paxton won’t throw for two weeks.
- John McGrath writes that having a big payroll isn’t the most important thing in Major League Baseball. He also provides his power rankings.
- My alma mater won a ridiculous 14-inning game in the NCAA Regional.
- Ryan Divish took a tour of the Mariners competition in the AL West.
- Rainiers reliever Logan Bawcom gets a shout-out in this Q&A with Mets rookie Noah Syndergaard.
- Dude named Derek Fisher had 12 RBIs in one game for Lancaster in the California League. I wanted to see what a 12 looked like in the RBI column of a box score – check it out here.
- In the PCL, Sacramento’s long regional nightmare is over: the River Cats held on to beat Colorado Springs, 4-3, and end their franchise record ten-game losing streak.
- Starting pitching was the story as Fresno picked up a 2-1 win at Oklahoma City. Once again the dueling top prospects Carlos Correa and Corey Seager each went hitless. The Daily Oklahoman did a Q&A with PCL home run leader Jon Singleton.
- New Orleans ripped a hole in the sky above Aces Ballpark, 14-3.
- Nashville took down Las Vegas 6-1, and the Sounds have won six straight games.
- Salt Lake dropped a 6-2 decision at Memphis.
- A pair of rehabilitating Padres couldn’t come through with the bases loaded in El Paso’s 8-3 home loss to Iowa.
- Kyle Parker came a single away from hitting for the cycle in Albuquerque’s 9-5 win over Omaha.
Like day games? We have another on Monday: 11:35 AM first pitch at Cheney Stadium, to wrap-up the Round Rock series.
New Orleans comes in on Tuesday and they are currently slated to start ex-Rainiers pitcher Travis Blackley on Wednesday and Washington State Cougar Adam Conley on Friday.