Rainiers Get Even

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.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

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.

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