Tacoma continued winning, picking up an exhilarating 4-3 victory in ten innings on Thursday night.
After watching Albuquerque starter Jon Gray shut down the Tacoma offense for eight innings, the Rainiers fell behind 3-2 in the top of the tenth inning.
With one out in the bottom of the inning, James Jones bounced a single through the left side of the infield. That brought Jesus Montero to the plate, facing ‘Topes closer Justin Miller.
Montero picked up two strikes, fouled off a couple of pitches, and then lined a long home run over the R-Yard in left field to give Tacoma the 4-3 victory.
Here is a link to video of the homer.
It was not just the Rainiers first walk-off homer of the season – it was their first walk-off win of any kind in 2015.
The victory brings the Rainiers record up to 10-3 over the last 13 games, and Tacoma took sole possession of second place in the division.
With the Rainiers still seven games behind first-place Fresno, for now we should probably just focus on reaching .500: the Rainiers have improved to 29-32, so the .500 mark is within reach.
Yesterday: The Rainiers won their fourth in a row, 4-3 in ten innings over Albuquerque. Down 3-2 in the bottom of the tenth, James Jones singled and Jesus Montero lined a long walk-off homer over the R-Yard in left field.
Today: Albuquerque (26-35) at Tacoma (29-32), 7:05.
Opponent Affiliation: Colorado Rockies.
Season Series: Albuquerque leads, 5-4.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Eddie Butler (—) at RHP Justin Germano (5-2, 2.61)
Butler was just optioned to Albuquerque after going 3-6, 4.80 in 11 starts for the Rockies. This will be his first minor league appearance of the season.
Germano enters tonight’s game with the seventh-best earned run average in the PCL.
Hot Rainiers: Franklin Gutierrez extended his hitting streak to 16 games last night, making it the longest by any Tacoma player this season (the franchise record is 26). He’s 23-for-62 during the streak, which is a .371 batting average. Reliever Logan Bawcom escaped an inherited jam last night and has allowed just one run in his last 18.2 innings pitched. Sam Gaviglio‘s last three starts: 3-0, 1.21.
Look Out For: Albuquerque shortstop Cristhian Adames has hit three home runs in five games played at Cheney Stadium this season. Catcher Dustin Garneau is 7-for-15 over his last four 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 reports the game had a bad start and a good finish.
- The Mariners were shut down in Cleveland yesterday, 6-0. A big series with Houston starts tonight.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook includes a trade rumor, a draft pick signing, and more.
- New acquisition Mark Trumbo may be heating up.
- The Mariners’ Bakersfield affiliate has one player in the California-Carolina League All-Star Game.
- No Mariners appear on this week’s edition of the Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet.
- In the PCL, Fresno edged Salt Lake 5-4 on a controversial home run by Max Stassi in the top of the ninth inning.
- Las Vegas broke open a close game by scoring six runs in the eighth inning and beat Reno, 11-6. Across town in Vegas, the boredom caused by rehabbing from arm surgery led a Rays prospect to his new career as a poker pro.
- El Paso banged out 15 hits in a 9-6 win over visiting Sacramento.
- Salty veterans Scott Baker and Barry Zito matched up in Oklahoma City last night, with Baker’s Dodgers prevailing over Nashville, 3-1.
- Francisco Pena homered in the 11th inning to give Omaha a 3-2 win at New Orleans.
- Memphis held on for a 3-2 win over visiting Round Rock.
- Iowa’s home game against Colorado Springs was rained out – they’ll try to play two today. Iowa shortstop Javier Baez leads his position in PCL All-Star fan voting.
- Colorado Rockies players miss the convenience of having their Triple-A affiliate 70 miles down the road in Colorado Springs.
Friday Night Fireworks after the game tonight!