Rested and ready, the Tacoma Rainiers open an eleven-game homestand tonight at 6:05, with the opening game of a three-game series against the Reno Aces.
Tacoma is hot: the Rainiers went 5-2 on the week-long road trip, improving their season record to 35-36.
Just three weeks ago the Rainiers were ten games under .500. But the team has gone 16-7 over the last 23 games, and now just needs a win tonight to reach .500 for the first time since the club was 2-2 on the fourth day of the season.
Reno comes in having changed its outlook. The Rainiers just faced them in Reno, taking two-of-three last week to win a series at Aces Ballpark for the first time in franchise history. At that point, the Aces had lost 12 of their last 14 games – but then they went to Sacramento and pulled off the rare road sweep, going 4-0 against the River Cats.
It’s a long homestand and the weather is supposed to be terrific, so come out to the park if you can!
Yesterday: The Rainiers were off on Monday. On Sunday, Carlos Rivero hit a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning as the Rainiers had their first comeback win of the season, 6-5 in Albuquerque. Tacoma used five relievers to toss five scoreless innings from the bullpen, enabling the comeback.
Today: Reno (31-39) at Tacoma (35-36), 6:05 (Pacific).
Opponent Affiliation: Arizona Diamondbacks.
Season Series: Tacoma leads, 2-1.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Aaron Blair (0-1, 18.00) at RHP Justin Germano (6-2, 2.92)
Blair is a touted pitching prospect who made his Triple-A debut last Wednesday against Tacoma in Reno – and the Rainiers put a whuppin’ on him. Today is his second start.
Hot Rainiers: Chris Taylor has a ten-game hitting streak, going 17-for-46 (.370) during the streak. Stefen Romero has hit 11 doubles in his last 13 games. Shawn O’Malley is batting .367 in June, and Carlos Rivero is hitting .361 this month.
Look Out For: Nick Evans has an eight-game hitting streak, and he has homered in two of the last three games. Jamie Romak torched the Rainiers in Reno last week, going 8-for-12 with two homers and eight RBI in the three-game series – he slowed down over the weekend in Sacramento.
I Know You: Reno has two ex-Rainiers on the roster, but only one is likely to be in town: outfielder Trayvon Robinson, who had a pinch-hit home run on Sunday in Sacramento. Pitcher Blake Beavan is on the Reno disabled list; last I heard he was rehabbing in extended spring training and not with the team.
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.
- Read the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune to learn how Sunday’s comeback win in Albuquerque went down.
- The Mariners offense did not report to Safeco Field for a 4-1 loss to the Royals last night.
- The results haven’t improved yet, but new hitting coach Edgar Martinez is getting to work.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook includes an all-star update.
- In the PCL, the Fresno-Sacramento rivalry heats up this week (interesting story from a business perspective). Fresno is having a Grumpy Cat Night tonight – I love it.
- The Rainiers ended up gaining a game in the standings on Sunday night – rather dramatically. Fresno led Las Vegas, 2-0, with two outs in the ninth inning when Brooks Conrad cracked a pinch-hit grand slam. Vegas hung on for a 4-2 win and the Rainiers are now 7.5 games back.
See you at the park!