Montero Says Walk It Off

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.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

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.

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Friday Night Fireworks after the game tonight!

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