Snow Saves Rainiers Bullpen

Forrest Snow tossed seven innings of one-hit ball on Sunday afternoon, earning the win as Tacoma took down Albuquerque 4-1.

Snow went deep into the game, which was very important considering the Rainiers do not have a proper starting pitcher for today’s game and are going to use a series of relief pitchers to cover the entire game at Reno.

Edgar Olmos worked the final two innings without allowing a base runner to earn the save, so only two pitchers were used.

Today Tacoma opens a three-game series at Reno, and it is the first meeting of the season between the division rivals. We’re nearly halfway through the season and tonight will be the first of 16 games the two teams will play head-to-head.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Tacoma’s Forrest Snow delivered seven innings of one-hit ball and the Rainiers beat Albuquerque, 4-1. Shawn O’Malley hit a two-run homer. Tacoma split the series with Albuquerque, 2-2, and is 11-5 over the last 16 games.

Today: Tacoma (30-34) at Reno (26-37), 7:05.

Opponent Affiliation: Arizona Diamondbacks.

Season Series: First game.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Logan Bawcom (0-1, 2.48) at RHP Edgar Garcia (1-0, 3.75)

After Sunday’s game, Rainiers manager Pat Listach said that Bawcom will start the Rainiers “bullpen day” today in Reno. If this comes to fruition, it will be Bawcom’s first professional start after 230 career relief appearances.

Tacoma will be counting on three or four inning outings from Bawcom and Lucas Luetge today – a precarious position for the pitching staff to be in, considering that it is the opening game of a three-game series at the launching pad known as Aces Ballpark. Make sure your seatbelt is securely fastened.

Roster Moves: Reliever Danny Farquhar was optioned back to Tacoma by the Mariners; he pitched a lot for them over the weekend and is not immediately available for the Rainiers. Long-time major leaguer Kevin Gregg opted out of his contract with the Rainiers so he’s no longer on the club. An outfielder was recalled by Seattle (waiting for the Mariners to announce that one). Outfielder Justin Ruggiano is expected to be added to the active roster today, although I’m not sure if he’ll play right away (he’s been out for ten days, waiting for the waivers process to complete).

Hot Rainiers: Franklin Gutierrez had another day off on Sunday and his hitting streak remains 17 games. 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 – it will be interesting to see if he can keep it going in the start today.

Look Out For: Reno has an old lineup that is producing a lot of offense – they have a .793 OPS as a team. 39-year-old Cody Ransom had two homers and seven RBI in one game the other day. Their longest hitting streak belongs to Nick Buss at six games (9-for-20), but keep an eye on one of their few young hitters: catcher/outfielder Peter O’Brien has a lot of power; he’s hitting .317 with 13 home runs and 51 RBI. Despite the hot hitters, Reno has lost 10 of the last 11 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.

Links:

  • Lauren Smith’s Rainiers game story for The News Tribune has reaction from Forrest Snow, Shawn O’Malley, and Pat Listach.
  • The Mariners got worked over in Houston, 13-0. If you really want to read about that, click here.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook catches up with former Rainiers pitcher Mike Montgomery after he recorded his first major league win.
  • I forgot to mention this the other day: the Mariners signed former Reno Aces infielder Tyler Bortnick and assigned him to Double-A Jackson. Thanks to Baseball America’s minor league transactions for the reminder.
  • If you are a Baseball Prospectus subscriber, Rainiers outfielder Leon Landry received a positive write-up today.
  • In the PCL, here’s a report on Reno getting swept at Las Vegas. The Aces dropped the final game yesterday, 8-7.
  • First-place Fresno won in Salt Lake City, 17-0. They had 27 hits, for cripe’s sake. The Salt Lake Tribune used the word “demolished” in the headline.
  • Hey, somebody took the little dogs for a walk! In a 6-6 tie in the 12th inning at El Paso, Sacramento reliever Curtis Partch walked three Chihuahuas to load the bases, and then walked Rico Noel for a walk-off walk. Arf!
  • Chris Valaika had the game-winning hit in the nick of time as Iowa beat Colorado Springs in ten innings, 8-7.
  • Starter Thomas Lee tossed seven strong innings in his Memphis debut and the Redbirds blanked Round Rock, 2-0.
  • Omaha and New Orleans must have been surprised by a storm in Louisiana, because their game was suspended in the first inning last night.
  • Expensive Cuban import Hector Olivera had four hits in Oklahoma City’s 4-2 victory over Nashville last night. While he bides his time in the minors, maybe Olivera would like to do some Okie Noodling.

It’s hot here in Reno, and it will be scorching during Tuesday’s day game. However, the Tuesday day game means I get to swing by the Sierra Nevada Tap House for the first time in a few years. Yes!

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