Yesterday Tacoma scored four runs in the top of the first, had a 7-2 lead in the third, and still got wiped out by the Reno Aces, 14-7.
Baseballs were flying all over the place at Aces Ballpark on a warm Tuesday afternoon. Reno had 22 hits, Tacoma 15.
In the first two games of this series, Tacoma is batting .361 as a team, with 17 runs and 30 hits. The Aces are batting .408 with 18 runs and 31 hits.
Get ready for more offense in the final game of the series tonight.
The series is tied, 1-1. Tacoma has still never won a series at Aces Ballpark, which was built in 2009. This is a good opportunity to end that streak.
Yesterday: The Rainiers were ahead 6-0 in the second inning and 7-2 in the third before Reno scored 12 unanswered runs and won it, 14-7.
Today: Tacoma (31-35) at Reno (26-39), 7:05.
Opponent Affiliation: Arizona Diamondbacks.
Season Series: Tied, 1-1.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Justin Germano (5-2, 2.65) at RHP Aaron Blair (–)
Germano ranks sixth in the PCL in earned run average, and Blair is a touted pitching prospect who will be making his Triple-A debut.
Roster Moves: Yesterday Leury Bonilla fouled a ball off his left foot and was in a walking boot after the game – he’s been placed on the 7-day disabled list. Today the Rainiers add infielder Zach Shank from Double-A Jackson to take his spot. Shank hit .241 with no homers and seven RBI in 87 at-bats at Jackson, playing mostly second base and centerfield.
Hot Rainiers: Franklin Gutierrez extended his hitting streak to 19 games. He’s 28-for-77 during the streak, which is a .364 batting average. Shawn O’Malley has hit .400 (12-for-30) over a seven-game hitting streak.
Look Out For: Nick Buss has an eight-game hitting streak (13-for-31), and the Aces have one of the best offenses in the PCL. Jamie Romak hit a go-ahead grand slam yesterday and is 6-for-10 with two grand slams when batting with the bases loaded this season.
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.
- In the Rainiers game story, manager Pat Listach remarks that there were a lot of hits. Indeed there were.
- The Mariners lost in San Francisco yesterday and return home today. It’s Felix vs. Bumgarner tonight.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook includes a list of draft picks the team has signed.
- Former Rainiers catcher John Baker wrote a column on “playing the right way” and unwritten rules.
- Double-A Frisco manager Joe Mikulik had an epic meltdown after one of the worst blown umpire calls I have ever seen. This video is remarkable for both reasons.
- In the PCL, El Paso Chihuahuas manager Pat Murphy was promoted to San Diego and will be the Padres interim manager for the remainder of the season. The Padres announced Jamie Quirk will manage El Paso starting tonight.
- Albuquerque’s Jon Gray is on a roll. Yesterday he limited the Chihuahuas to three hits over six innings in a 3-2 victory. It was 50-cent hot dog night, and the paper reports that 9,017 fans ate 22,903 hot dogs, for an average of 2.54 hot dogs per person.
- Rehabbing Jake Peavy pitched well for Sacramento, but Fresno’s Asher W. was even better in the Grizzlies 3-1 win.
- Las Vegas infielder T.J. Rivera hit three doubles in a 10-6 win over visiting Salt Lake.
- Omaha catcher Francisco Pena hit three home runs, but Casey Kotchman got the headline for his walk-off dinger to beat Iowa, 6-4.
- Colorado Springs edged Oklahoma City in a rain-shortened game, 2-1. The paper has a story on top prospect Corey Seager.
- Round Rock rallied to beat New Orleans, 8-7, as Beamer Weems had the game-winning hit.
- Nashville topped rival Memphis, 7-1. Thing I just learned: they actually call it the Tennessee Lottery I-40 Cup Series.
Win a game, win a series.