After a three-game slumber, the Tacoma Rainiers offense woke up on Thursday night.
Tacoma knocked out 11 hits – five for extra bases – in an 8-3 win over visiting Reno.
The game included a five-run rally in the third inning. That inning contained more Tacoma runs than the team scored in the previous three games combined.
It was plenty of run support for starting pitcher Jordan Pries, who worked into the seventh inning and allowed just two runs.
Newly acquired Rainiers outfielder Ramon Flores hit his first PCL home run, and new reliever J.C. Ramirez pitched in front of the home crowd for his first time.
All told, it was a good night for Tacoma. The Rainiers will try to do it again tonight.
Yesterday: The Rainiers bats came alive! Tacoma scored eight runs on 11 hits and beat Reno, 8-3. Stefen Romero and Justin Ruggiano each had three hits.
Roster Move: Prior to yesterday’s game, pitcher James Gillheeney was transferred to Double-A Jackson, and infielder Patrick Brady was assigned to Tacoma from the Arizona Rookie League, where he was rehabbing an elbow injury. This ends the Rainiers six-man starting rotation and balances the roster at 13 pitchers & 12 position players.
Today: Reno (54-58) at Tacoma (54-59), 7:05.
Opponent Affiliation: Arizona Diamondbacks.
Season Series: Reno leads, 8-5.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Caleb Clay (7-7, 5.00) at LHP Roenis Elias (3-1, 7.89).
Hot Rainiers: Ramon Flores hit his first Tacoma home run yesterday, and he has reached base in all seven games he has played in since the trade. Stefen Romero has had multiple hits in five of his last seven games.
Look Out For: Jamie Romak has hit five home runs and has 16 RBI in 13 games against Tacoma this season. Todd Glaesman is batting .363 with six HRs and 12 RBI in 44 at-bats against Tacoma – he’s hitting .261-5-13 in 138 ABs against the rest of the PCL. Nick Evans went 4-for-4 last night and has a nine-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.
- The Rainiers game story has remarks from Pat Listach on the team’s recovery.
- Mariners beat writer Bob Dutton switched from “reporter” to “analyst” and submitted a lengthy analysis of where the Mariners stand right now and moving forward. Lots of blunt facts and inside info in here from a guy who is around the team 24/7.
- The Mariners were off yesterday. Ryan Divish decided to write a story on Nelson Cruz, but Cruz doesn’t like to talk about himself, so Divish went around to a bunch of other players and got their thoughts on what Cruz has done this year.
- Jamie Moyer is being honored tomorrow, and the Moyer Foundation continues to be active well after his retirement.
- We have an entertaining column from John McGrath on how Fernando Rodney and Root’s incessant Mariners replays have changed his image of hell.
- American minor league career home run record holder Mike Hessman makes it sound like this might be his last year playing.
- No Mariners appear in this week’s edition of the Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet.
- In the PCL, the Fresno
GrizzliesTacos held their fifth annual Taco Truck Throwdown, and they changed their name to the Fresno Tacos for one night. A massive crowd of 16,916 was announced. The Tacos crunched the River Cats, 7-4, as Matt Duffy homered and drove in four runs.
- Las Vegas rallied in the ninth inning to beat Salt Lake, 3-2.
- Albuquerque hosted El Paso in the CBS Sports national game of the week, and they played a PCL Special: El Paso won, 13-12, in a game that featured 32 hits.
- Nashville beat Memphis twice last night, 8-3 and 8-0.
- Zephyrs Field is a great pitcher’s park, but it couldn’t contain Joey Gallo last night. Round Rock’s third baseman homered three times in a 6-1 win over New Orleans. He boosted his batting average to .202.
- Chris Valaika and Iowa walked off Omaha, 5-4.
- Colorado Springs won its second in a row at Oklahoma City, 6-3.
Friday Night Fireworks after the game tonight!