Fresno Rallies To Take Opener

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.


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.


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