Fresno took Monday’s game, 8-2, getting a key grand slam from catcher Max Stassi in the seventh inning to open up a tight game.
The situation surrounding the grand slam was unusual, to say the least: Rainiers reliever Andrew Kittredge entered the game in the sixth inning with the bases loaded and no outs, and he did a fantastic job of escaping without allowing a run. The very next inning he got two quick outs, then issued three straight walks to load the bases, and then gave up the slam on an 0-2 pitch.
I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a pitcher go from such an extreme high to extreme low as quickly as that.
Big game tonight – the Rainiers last one in Fresno this season.
If Tacoma wins, they split the series and are six games out of first – a deficit that certainly can be overcome with 58 games remaining on the schedule.
A loss and they are eight games back – a deficit that certainly can be overcome with 58 games remaining on the schedule, but not as easily.
Yesterday: Max Stassi hit a grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, breaking open a close game and leading Fresno to an 8-2 win over Tacoma.
Today: Tacoma (42-43) at Fresno (49-36), 7:05.
Opponent Affiliation: Houston Astros.
Season Series: Tacoma leads, 6-5.
Starting Pitchers: LHP Roenis Elias (2-0, 8.04) at RHP Mike Hauschild (2-1, 2.45)
Hot Rainiers: Steve Baron did not play last night. He had three hits and two RBI on Sunday 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: Stassi has homered in back-to-back games. 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.
- In the Rainiers game story, Pat Listach says that things got weird.
- Jesus Montero is going to take his hacks in the Home Run Derby at the Triple-A All-Star Game. Yes!
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook has updated news on Danny Hultzen and Patrick Kivlehan.
- Recent call-ups from Tacoma took a beating in the Mariners 12-5 loss to Detroit last night.
- Larry Stone writes that because no teams are pulling away from the Mariners, there is still a glimmer of hope.
- Our top stories in the PCL from last night’s games are the bizarre summer rainouts in Las Vegas and Reno.
- El Paso scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning to beat Salt Lake, 5-3. A Chihuahua named Benji had the game-winning hit.
- Cody Decker is so popular in El Paso that the newspaper editorial board wrote about him.
- Round Rock’s Tommy Field homered in his third straight game. The Express beat Nashville, 6-4.
- New Orleans got swept at home in a doubleheader by Iowa.
- Memphis wiped out Colorado Springs, 12-4. Jeremy Hazelbaker is doing well with Memphis after being released by the Dodgers.
- Omaha’s must be having fun, because their new first baseman Balbino Fuenmayor is off to a hot start. I sure hope that is pronounced “fun mayor.”
- Two Mariners made Baseball America’s midseason Top 50 Prospects list.
I don’t know if the Rainiers are going to win the baseball game tonight, but I know that I am going to be a winner at lunch.