Albuquerque defeated the Rainiers on Friday night, 3-2, in a game which was very similar to Thursday’s – minus the walk-off home run.
The Isotopes and Rainiers got through nine innings tied 2-2 for the second day in a row. Albuquerque pushed a run across in the top of the 11th inning, and once again they brought in Justin Miller to protect a 3-2 lead in extra innings.
This time Miller got the job done. He retired the first two batters he faced – including Thursday’s nemesis Jesus Montero, who flied out – before Franklin Gutierrez singled to bring the winning run to the plate.
Stefen Romero was the hitter, and he’s had some big moments for the Rainiers during the past three seasons. Could the Rainiers win 4-3 on a walk-off home run in extra innings for the second day in a row?
Nope. Well, not right now, anyway – maybe some day in the future. Romero grounded out on a check-swing roller to shortstop, and the Rainiers four-game win streak came to an end.
Yesterday: Albuquerque topped Tacoma in 11 innings, 3-2, when Tim Smalling doubled home Angelys Nina. Tacoma’s winning streak ended at four.
Today: Albuquerque (27-35) at Tacoma (29-33), 5:05.
Opponent Affiliation: Colorado Rockies.
Season Series: Albuquerque leads, 6-4.
Starting Pitchers: LHP John Lannan (2-1, 3.72) at RHP Sam Gaviglio (6-4, 4.19)
Gaviglio has delivered three straight outstanding starts for the Rainiers, allowing just three runs in his last 22.1 innings pitched.
Roster Moves: the combination of the Mariners blowout loss last night and some Tacoma relievers with hanging arms means were going to have some moves today. Look for Andrew Kittredge to be added from Double-A Jackson, while the M’s called up reliever Danny Farquhar and designated Rickie Weeks for assignment.
Hot Rainiers: Franklin Gutierrez went 2-for-5 and his hitting streak reached 17 games last night. He’s 25-for-67 during the streak, which is a .373 batting average. Reliever Logan Bawcom escaped an inherited jam Thursday 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’s Matt McBride is always a tough out in the PCL, but he was mired in a 2-for-17 slide before breaking out last night. McBride went 4-for-5 with a double and a homer, involving himself in two of Albuquerque’s three runs.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 4:50 (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.
- We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
- If you missed the Mariners game last night, good choice. Felix Hernandez had the worst start of his career, getting knocked out in the first inning of a 10-0 loss at Houston.
- In his postgame notes, Ryan Divish reminds us that the Mariners rarely – if ever – beat Houston.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook includes information on Hisashi Iwakuma‘s rehabilitation schedule. I doubt the Mariners will have him make a road start for the Rainiers in Albuquerque – look for his first rehab outing to come with Everett, and if all goes well he should pitch for Tacoma on the next homestand.
- Felix’s game reminded Fox Sports’ C.J. Nitkowski of his own one-out start in the big leagues.
- In the PCL, Fresno earned two wins at Salt Lake last night. They won a suspended game from April, and the regularly scheduled game.
- Sacramento moved into a second-place tie with Tacoma by topping El Paso in 11 innings, 6-4.
- Las Vegas walked off Reno, 3-2, while ace starter Steven Matz can’t avoid speculation about his impending call-up.
- Round Rock’s Alec Asher earned his first Triple-A win in a 4-2 victory at Memphis.
- Omaha scored late to beat New Orleans, 3-1, and the Storm Chasers have won five in a row.
- Iowa shut out Colorado Springs in both games of a doubleheader – that’s a long day for Sky Sox hitters. The story focuses on struggling Cubs relief prospect Armando Rivero.
- Oklahoma City knocked five homers – two by catcher Brian Ward – in an 11-7 win over Nashville.
Let’s see if the Rainiers can bounce back today.