Quick one today, as we have a surprisingly tough travel day.
- Tacoma won a series in Reno for the first time ever (13th try), and improved to 15-36 all time at that
- Franklin Gutierrez’s hitting streak reached 20. That’s the longest Tacoma streak since Mike Carp’s 22-gamer in 2011 and is six games shy of tying the franchise record.
Yesterday: Tacoma jumped all over Reno’s Aaron Blair in his Triple-A debut, scoring eight runs in the first three innings. Solid relief from Mayckol Guaipe and Danny Farquhar helped Tacoma claim a 9-6 victory, and a two-games-to-one series win.
Today: Tacoma (32-35) at Albuquerque (30-37), 6:05 (Pacific).
Opponent Affiliation: Colorado Rockies.
Season Series: Albuquerque leads, 7-5.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Sam Gaviglio (6-5, 4.64) at LHP John Lannan (3-1, 3.25)
Hey, we just saw this game. This was the pitching match-up on Saturday at Cheney Stadium, when Lannan was masterful for eight innings and Albuquerque held on for a 6-3 win.
Roster Moves: I noted yesterday that Tacoma added infielder Zach Shank from Double-A Jackson, but it wasn’t until today that I realized the Rainiers picked up a player named “shank” during US Open week. This can’t possibly be coincidence, can it?
Hot Rainiers: Franklin Gutierrez extended his hitting streak to 20 games. He’s 30-for-81 during the streak, which is a .370 batting average. Shawn O’Malley has hit .400 (12-for-30) over a seven-game hitting streak.
Look Out For: Albuquerque just took two-of-three from El Paso and is 8-4 over its last 12 games. Drew Stubbs might be warming up – he has a five game hitting streak, going 6-for-19 with just three K’s (that’s what he’s trying to work on, cutting down strikeouts).
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 5:50 (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.
- Felix and the Mariners beat Madison Bumgarner and the Giants, 2-0, in a classic pitcher’s duel. Felix is the first American League pitcher to reach ten wins.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook leads with an item on the closer situation.
- The Seattle Times caught up with the Mariners top draft picks.
- In the PCL, first-place Fresno finally lost as Sacramento got ’em, 4-1. River Cats starter Chris Stratton pitched well.
- Las Vegas ace Steven Matz tossed seven shutout innings against Salt Lake and there is speculation he is about to be called up.
- Albuquerque lost to El Paso, 8-4, although Dustin Garneau homered and the paper has a story on him. Looks like the ‘Topes will be playing without manager Glenallen Hill a little longer as he deals with a family matter.
- Dusty Coleman hit a three-run homer as Omaha topped Iowa, 7-4.
- Colorado Springs was short-handed in a 4-3, 11-inning loss to Oklahoma City.
- Nashville lost at home to Memphis, 7-5, as Stephen Piscotty homered for the Redbirds. The paper has a Q&A with Nashville outfielder Kent Matthes.
- Ryan Rua drove in the winning run as Round Rock defeated New Orleans, 4-3.