Rainiers Slammed In Fresno

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.


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.


2 Responses to Rainiers Slammed In Fresno

  1. Jack says:

    Is Steve Baron’s defense big league ready? If so, he’s worth a look in place of Sucre.

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