We had some late-game dramatics last night, as Tacoma beat Fresno 8-7.
First, we got to see highly regarded pitching prospect Mark Appel work for Fresno, and he was very solid. Sitting in the mid-90s with his fastball, Appel limited Tacoma to one run in over six innings.
Tacoma trailed 5-2 going to the bottom of the eighth inning, when the bats came to life and Tacoma scored five runs. Leury Bonilla had an RBI single, Ketel Marte a two-run single to tie the game, and Jesus Montero a go-ahead two-run double.
The lead was short-lived. Fresno rallied to score two runs in the top of the ninth inning, making it 7-7. A sac fly by Nolan Fontana evened the score.
Jabari Blash led off the bottom of the ninth inning against Fresno’s all-star reliever Tyson Perez.
Blash had a really good at-bat, laying off breaking balls down low and working a full count.
On the eighth pitch of the at-bat, Blash lifted a deep fly to left field just did have enough to carry over the wall for a game-ending home run.
It was a dramatic finish to a thrilling game, and the Rainiers got a needed win.
Yesterday: Jabari Blash led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a homer to left, capping a wild finish that gave Tacoma an 8-7 win over visiting Fresno.
Today: Fresno (58-43) at Tacoma (47-54), 1:35.
Opponent Affiliation: Houston Astros.
Season Series: Tacoma leads, 8-6.
Starting Pitchers: LHP Brett Oberholtzer (3-2, 4.56) at RHP Jordan Pries (4-3, 5.43).
Hot Rainiers: Jesus Montero had three hits and four RBI last night – he’s 8-for-20 since returning from Seattle. Jabari Blash has three homers and nine RBI in ten games since being promoted from Jackson.
Look Out For: Tyler White has a 12-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 22 straight games; he’s also homered twice during a seven-game hitting streak.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 1:20 (Pacific) on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here. It’s a Sunday home game, which means that Bob Robertson will join me in the broadcast booth.
PCL Scoreboard: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.
- The Rainiers game story recaps the dramatic win.
- My Sunday Minor League Notebook for the paper is on Patrick Kivlehan‘s Pan Am Games experience and Ketel Marte‘s move to center field.
- Rainiers catcher Steve Baron made the Seattle Times Prospect Watch.
- The Mariners bullpen was unable to maintain a late lead and they lost to Toronto on Saturday, 8-6.
- In his Mariners Notebook, Bob Dutton writes that other teams have not heard from the Mariners regarding trades. He also has injury updates on three left-handed pitchers.
- It turns out that the one thing that can get the Mariners winning is a Sharknado.
- It’s Hall of Fame induction day today. John McGrath has a column on Randy Johnson.
- McGrath also has his power rankings.
- New Hall of Famers Johnson, Craig Biggio, and Pedro Martinez each played in the PCL.
- In the PCL, El Paso is starting to pressure first-place Las Vegas in the Pacific-South. El Paso topped Salt Lake last night 10-8 to pull within 4.5 games of first place.
- Reno took down Las Vegas 8-5 as Matt Pagnozzi had the big hit.
- Albuquerque defeated Sacramento 9-6 on Retro Night. The Isotopes reverted back to the Dukes, and Charlie Manuel was enshrined in the Albuquerque Hall of Fame.
- Nashville lost a pitcher’s duel to Justin Nicolino and New Orleans, 3-1.
- Omaha held on for a 7-6 win over Colorado Springs and has won six in a row.
- Round Rock topped Oklahoma City, 7-4. The Dodgers lead over Omaha in the American-North is down to five games – it was ten a week ago.
- Memphis scored six runs in the first inning and held on for a 7-5 win over visiting Iowa.
The 12-game homestand is winding down – it ends with an early 11:35 AM game on Monday.