Tacoma lost a close one to El Paso on Friday night in front of a sellout crowd, 4-2. The Rainiers took a 2-1 lead into the eighth inning but ended up falling late.
It was another real close game on this homestand. Tacoma is just 1-3 after four games on the homestand, but the games have been close and exciting: a 4-3 loss, a 6-4 loss decided in the ninth, a 1-0 ten inning win, and a 4-2 loss decided in the ninth.
We’ll see if the trend of close games continues this evening.
Yesterday: El Paso rallied to score two runs in the top of the ninth and hung on for a 4-2 win. Tacoma loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, but Cory Mazzoni struck out Jesus Montero to end the game.
Today: El Paso (38-36) at Tacoma (36-39), 5:05 (Pacific).
Opponent Affiliation: San Diego Padres.
Season Series: El Paso leads, 6-3.
Starting Pitchers: LHP Robbie Erlin (5-4, 5.40) at RHP Stephen Landazuri (0-3, 8.74)
Hot Rainiers: Jack-of-all-trades Shawn O’Malley has hit safely in five straight games and is batting .351 in the month of June. Reliever David Rollins has not allowed a run in five outings; the Mariners have to make a decision on the Rule 5 Draft pick around July 4th.
Look Out For: Jedd Gyorko has a nine-game hitting streak, with three homers during that span. El Paso is playing well – they’ve won seven of the last nine games, and are 11-5 over the last 16.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 4:50 (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.
- The Rainiers game story focuses on the late inning issues.
- Taijuan Walker is rounding into form and the Mariners beat the Angels, 3-1.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook leads with Mark Trumbo‘s return to Los Angeles of Anaheim.
- In the PCL, Fresno slept for eight innings before scoring four times in the ninth to pick up a 4-1 win at Reno. Aces starter Jhoulys Chacin carried a shutout into the ninth.
- Rehabilitating San Francisco Giants starter Jake Peavy got welcomed to Las Vegas. Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a three-run homer in the first and the 51s beat Sacramento, 6-3.
- The headline reads “Bees Hammer Isotopes” which would cause some sort of atomic reaction, wouldn’t it?
- Omaha starter Yordano Ventura looked good on his rehab assignment, but the Storm Chasers lost to Round Rock 4-1.
- Colorado Springs got blitzed by Memphis, 9-0. Sky Sox pitching coach Fred Dabney was tabbed to work the same role for the PCL All-Star Team.
- Things got weird when Nashville walked off Oklahoma city, 3-2. The good ol’ two-run wild pitch? The Nashville Sounds groundskeeper got some pub.
- New Orleans starter Kendry Flores shut down the Iowa Cubs, 5-0.
- Eastside Catholic HS alum Matt Boyd made his big league debut for Toronto today. The lefty started against Texas.
See you at the park!