Tacoma tied up the Fresno series by winning on Sunday night, 7-4. The Rainiers are back within six games of the first-place Grizzlies, with two games left in this series.
It was refreshing to hear manager Pat Listach talk on the pregame show yesterday about how important this series is in the standings, even though there are still 60 games to go. Usually Triple-A managers downplay these types of things, but Listach basically came out and said that you only get so many chances to face the division leader head-to-head, so let’s take advantage of this opportunity.
This is a big game tonight. A win, and a series split is guaranteed and we can shoot for a series win and a big move in the standings. A loss, and the pressure is on to win Tuesday and escape with a split.
Yesterday: Carlos Rivero singled in the go-ahead runs as Tacoma defeated Fresno on Sunday evening, 7-4. Vidal Nuno lasted six inning in his Tacoma debut and earned the win, while Edgar Olmos and Logan Kensing provided shutdown relief.
Roster Move: After yesterday’s win in Oakland, the Mariners optioned James Jones to Tacoma (making room for Hisashi Iwakuma to be activated from the disabled list). The Rainiers had an open spot on the roster for Jones.
Today: Tacoma (42-42) at Fresno (48-36), 7:05.
Opponent Affiliation: Houston Astros.
Season Series: Tacoma leads, 6-4.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Forrest Snow (7-4, 2.24) at RHP Brady Rodgers (6-4, 4.68)
Hot Rainiers: Steve Baron had three mores hits and two RBI last night, continuing his torrid pace. He’s batting .356 in 17 games since being promoted from Double-A Jackson. Baron has eight RBI in his last five games, after not driving in a run during his first 12 Triple-A games.
Look Out For: PCL All-Star L.J. Hoes has hit safely in six straight games and is batting .397 with runners in scoring position this year. Tyler Heineman has an eight-game hitting streak.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 6:50 (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 from The News Tribune includes a box score.
- Mariners starter Mike Montgomery didn’t pitch his third straight shutout, but he’ll take the win.
- Robinson Cano told USA Today he has been battling acid reflux issues all season.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook leads with Nelson Cruz being voted an all-star starter.
- In the PCL, Nick Evans homered to help Reno edge Sacramento, 5-3.
- The Chihuahuas got offensive in a 13-7 win at Salt Lake.
- Dilson Herrera homered to help Las Vegas beat Albuquerque, 3-2. Wally Backman likes Herrera’s potential.
- Olympia native Adam Conley was credited with a rain-shortened complete game shutout as New Orleans beat Iowa, 2-0.
- Memphis downed Colorado Springs, 7-3. The Milwaukee Brewers organization is learning about playing baseball at high elevation.
- Carl Crawford is on a rehab assignment in Oklahoma City, so of course the Daily Oklahoman asked him why he didn’t commit to Oklahoma football back in 1999. Omaha won the game, 8-2.
- The Sounds sunk in the eighth inning at Round Rock.