Rainiers Raking On Road Trip

The Rainiers are five games into a seven-game road trip through two of the PCL’s best hitter’s parks, and the Tacoma lineup is taking full advantage of the friendly conditions.

Tacoma is 4-1 on the trip, and the team is batting .378 as a unit. The club has 79 hits in the five games – that’s an average of 15.8 hits per game on this trip.

It’s resulting in a lot of runs, too: Tacoma has averaged 10.6 runs per game on the trip, scoring 53 times.

We’ve got two games left here in high-elevation Albuquerque before the team returns home  – and to sea level – for an 11-game homestand starting on Tuesday.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: The Rainiers took a 10-2 lead at the seventh inning stretch and still had to sweat it out, eventually claiming a 15-10 victory at Albuquerque on Friday night. Jesus Montero homered twice, Chris Taylor had four hits, and Forrest Snow lasted six innings allowing two runs for the win.

Today: Tacoma (34-35) at Albuquerque (30-39), 6:05 (Pacific).

Opponent Affiliation: Colorado Rockies.

Season Series: All tied up, 7-7.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Jordan Pries (3-1, 5.67) at RHP Jair Jurrjens (1-0, 2.60)

Pries makes his first start since May 5th. The Rainiers opening day starter, Pries has been sidelined by forearm tightness. The Rainiers are hoping he delivers four innings today.

A former NL All-Star with the Braves, Jurrjens has also been slowed by injury this season.

Hot Rainiers: Franklin Gutierrez went 0-for-6 yesterday, ending his hitting streak is still 20 games. He went 30-for-81 during the streak, which is a .370 batting average. Shawn O’Malley is now the hottest Rainiers hitter: he’s 19-for-40 over a nine-game hitting streak, and he’s batting .394 in the month of June. Stefen Romero has hit 11 doubles in his last 12 games. Jesus Montero has nine runs scored and nine RBI over the first five games of the current road trip.

Look Out For: Drew Stubbs has a seven game hitting streak, going 9-for-29. Dustin Garneau is six-for-11 with two homers in his last three games.

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.

Links:

  • The Rainiers game story serves as proof that everyone is far too focused on golf right now, as evidenced by The News Tribune’s copy editors failing to correct my their/they’re error. Meanwhile, the Isotopes tried to shake things up but had a poor outing by their starting pitcher.
  • Roenis Elias allowed a home run on the first and last pitches he threw, but everything in between was beautiful and the Mariners beat Houston on Friday night, 5-2.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook is packed with tidbits as always.
  • In the PCL, the Rainiers actually gained a game on first-place Fresno. Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit two three-run homers for Las Vegas in an 11-5 win at Fresno.
  • Reno hit three home runs in a 6-3 win at Sacramento. Nick Evans had a three-run shot. The paper has a nice feature on veteran Reno infielder Cody Ransom.
  • Jedd Gyorko had three hits and a homer in El Paso’s 5-2 win over Salt Lake. The Bees have lost six straight games.
  • Omaha had to wait out a rain delay with two outs in the bottom of the tenth inning before securing a 1-0 win at Nashville.
  • Iowa picked up a 9-3 win at Round Rock despite several ejections. Iowa ace Donn Roach improved to 7-1, 2.29.
  • Hector Olivera continues to shine and Oklahoma City downed Memphis, 6-3.
  • New Orleans pitched a rare two-hit shutout at Colorado Springs. Ex-Rainiers pitcher Travis Blackley worked the first five innings.

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