Fresno took the opening game of the series last night, 10-3, in a game which was really close until one big rally doomed the Rainiers.
Tacoma had a 3-2 lead going to the bottom of the sixth inning, and starter Sam Gaviglio got the first two hitters out. At that point he had set down ten straight Fresno hitters and appeared to be in a real good groove.
But Jonathan Villar blooped a single to shallow center, and that started a six-run two-out rally. Every ground ball Fresno hit found a hole in the infield, and they capped the rally with Tony Kemp‘s three-run homer that was nearly caught by Tacoma right fielder Stefen Romero.
Tacoma looks to even the series tonight.
Yesterday: Fresno had an improbable two-out rally in the sixth inning, scoring six runs to take an 8-3 lead before eventually winning the game, 10-3.
Today: Tacoma (41-42) at Fresno (48-35), 6:05.
Opponent Affiliation: Houston Astros.
Season Series: Tacoma leads, 5-4.
Starting Pitchers: LHP Vidal Nuno (3-3, 3.38) at LHP Luis Cruz (4-3, 4.32)
This is Nuno’s Tacoma Rainiers debut. The lefty made eight starts for Reno earlier this season – those are the stats you see above. He did not face Fresno.
Hot Rainiers: Jesus Montero is 17-for-28 over his last seven games, and he had a two-run homer in the first inning last night. Steve Baron has six RBI in his last four games, after not driving in a run during his first 12 Triple-A games.
Look Out For: L.J. Hoes made the PCL All-Star team; he’s hit safely in five straight games and is batting .387 with runners in scoring position this year. Tyler Heineman had the go-ahead two-run single last night; he carries a seven-game hitting streak into tonight’s game.
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.
- The Rainiers game story details Fresno’s big inning. The Fresno Bee has a photo gallery.
- My weekly minor league notebook for The News Tribune is on Tacoma’s trio of all-stars.
- The Mariners went from hot to cold in Oakland.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook is on David Rollins and roster moves.
- John McGrath has his major league power rankings with comments on each team.
- Ryan Divish attempted to pick the all-star teams. We’ll find out how he did later tonight.
- People all around baseball are mourning Eugene’s Civic Stadium, which burned down in a fire last week.
- In the PCL, Sacramento’s Kelby Tomlinson had five hits in a 10-6 victory at Reno.
- El Paso catcher Rocky Gale homered in a 8-6 win at Salt Lake.
- Roger Bernadina homered twice in Albuquerque’s 10-2 win at Las Vegas. Across town, the WSOP Main Event starts today so here’s a feature on Erik Seidel.
- Fresno all-stars L.J. Hoes and Tyson Perez are excited about the Triple-A All-Star Game.
- New Orleans starter Jose Urena pitched a five-hit shutout against Iowa and won, 7-0.
- It was a Fourth of July bummer in Colorado Springs, where 8,896 fans watched the home team lose to Memphis, 15-1.
- Oklahoma City’s Darnell Sweeney is having a terrific season, but his dodgers were stifled by John Lamb and Omaha last night.
- Nashville hit back-to-back-to-back home runs on four pitches, but still needed ten innings to beat Round Rock, 7-4.
It’s going to be another scorcher in Fresno, which is why they are playing a Sunday night game. Let’s see if the Rainiers can tie the series.