Biggest Series In Biggest Little City

The Rainiers open a five-game series in Reno tonight – Tacoma’s longest series at Reno since the Aces joined the league in 2009.

I don’t know if the Rainiers are going to be well-rested for this or not. The team took a five-hour bus ride from Fresno after the game last night, arriving at the hotel shortly before 5:00 AM. It wasn’t easy to sleep on that bus, due to discomfort and winding mountain roads.

Reno was almost still playing at that time. The Aces played a rain-delayed doubleheader against Sacramento, finishing up shortly after 1:00 AM. So Reno’s team is going to be tired today, too.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Jesus Montero had three hits – including two triples – and drove in four runs as Tacoma beat Fresno, 8-7. James Jones also had a big game, reaching base three times, stealing three bases, and scoring three runs.

Today: Tacoma (43-43) at Reno (40-46), 7:05.

Opponent Affiliation: Arizona Diamondbacks.

Season Series: Tied, 3-3.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Jordan Pries (3-2, 5.65) at LHP Justin Marks (5-6, 5.20)

Hot Rainiers: Steve Baron had two more hits, extending his hitting streak to six games. He’s batting .365 in 18 games since being promoted from Double-A Jackson. Zach Shank has also hit safely in six straight games.

Look Out For: Nick Evans is 7-for-12 in his last four games. Jamie Romak went 0-for-5 in yesterday’s doubleheader, but he’s always trouble. Reno has lost five of the last eight games.

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.

Links:

  • The Rainiers game story doesn’t have any quotes due to the newspaper’s deadline, but Jesus Montero talked to MiLB.com about hitting two triples in one game.
  • Ketel Marte is starting a rehab assignment in Arizona today. He’s been out since May 31 with a fractured left thumb. If all goes well he’ll play in the Futures Game on Sunday, the Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday, and then rejoin the Rainiers next Thursday.
  • The Mariners walked off the Tigers on Robinson Cano‘s game-winning hit.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook leads with Mark Trumbo trying to emerge from a slump.
  • Why do Mariners fans go nuts over the Hydro races? Great article by Jayson Jenks.
  • In the PCL, Reno and Sacramento split their late-night doubleheader last night/this morning. Game Two started at 10:45 PM, for crying out loud.
  • Albuquerque and Las Vegas split a twinbill. Jon Gray tossed a gem in the opener, Darin Gorski returned the favor in the nightcap.
  • Salt Lake topped El Paso as catcher Jett Bandy prepares for the all-star game.
  • Top prospect Kyle Schwarber led the Iowa Cubs to an 8-3 win at New Orleans.
  • Memphis completed a four-game shellacking of Colorado Springs with a 13-6 win last night. The Redbirds out-scored the Sky Sox 47-14 in the sweep.
  • Round Rock’s Tommy Field homered for the fourth consecutive game, but his Express lost to Nashville 4-2.
  • Omaha at Oklahoma City was rained out.
  • Strange broadcasting story developing out of Pullman, where longtime Cougars announcer Bud Namec was forced out and immediately replaced. No job opening was ever posted – many in-state broadcasters would have been interested in applying for this job (no, not me – I’d be an absolute disaster doing football).

Off to Aces Ballpark. The Rainiers got their first-ever series win here in mid-June, maybe they can do it again!

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