Straily Shuts Down Rainiers

It’s a baseball cliché, but every now and then you’ve got to “tip your hat” to the opponent.

Fresno starting pitcher Dan Straily had one of the best opposing pitching performances we’ve seen against Tacoma this year, holding the Rainiers to just two singles over eight shutout innings last night.

Straily struck out the side on ten pitches in the first inning – we should have known something was up at that moment. He did not allow a hit until Ketel Marte singled with two outs in the sixth.

The Rainiers are struggling right now, but this team can hit. Tacoma has only been shut out three times this season, and the fewest hits the Rainiers have had in a game this year is three.

Straily was lifted after eight innings because it was 9-0. Tacoma managed to score three runs in the ninth off reliever Luis Cruz to avoid the shutout.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Fresno scored early and often en route to a 9-3 win over the Rainiers. Tacoma had just two hits against Fresno starter Dan Straily before scoring three runs in the bottom of the ninth.

Today: Fresno (58-42) at Tacoma (46-54), 7:05.

Opponent Affiliation: Houston Astros.

Season Series: Tacoma leads, 7-6.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Mark Appel (1-2, 6.52) at RHP Forrest Snow (7-7, 3.51).

Appel was the first overall selection in the 2013 draft. He was recently promoted to Triple-A and will face the Rainiers for the first time tonight.

Hot Rainiers: Ketel Marte is warming up. After missing nearly two months with a broken thumb, Marte struggled at the plate in his first week returning to action. He had two line drive singles last night.

Look Out For: Tyler White has an 11-game hitting streak. Joe Sclafani has hit safely in nine straight games for Fresno, with a pair of three-hit games during the streak. Matt Duffy has reached base safely in 21 straight games; he’s also homered twice during a six-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.

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