Rainiers Mash Past Reno, Resume Tonight

Tacoma whacked 17 hits including four home runs and beat Reno on Sunday afternoon, 13-6.

Chris Taylor, Jabari Blash, and Leury Bonilla each had three hits, Taylor, Blash, Steve Baron, and Stefen Romero each homered.

With the win, Tacoma moved past Reno back into second place in the division. It also concluded the 16-game season series with the Aces – which Reno won, 9-7.

It was a great way to go into Monday’s off day. The fellas should be well-rested for the stretch run, which starts tonight at Cheney Stadium.

Sacramento is in town for a four-game series which goes through Friday, and then the Rainiers hit the road for eight.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: The Rainiers were off yesterday – the team’s charity golf tournament was a big success. On Sunday the Rainiers hit four homers in a 13-6 win over Reno, and Tacoma won that five-game series 3-2. Now it’s 28 games in 28 days to end the season.

Roster Moves: Before Sunday’s game, third baseman Carlos Rivero was traded to the Boston Red Sox for cash considerations. Rivero – who has been a regular all season for Tacoma – will report to Pawtucket. He’s happy about the situation, because Boston gave him his first major league call-up last September. Today the Rainiers add first baseman/outfielder Daniel Paolini from Double-A Jackson; he hit .271 with four HRs and 37 RBI there, with a .362 on-base percentage.

Today: Sacramento (53-63) at Tacoma (56-60), 7:05.

Opponent Affiliation: San Francisco Giants.

Season Series: Sacramento leads, 7-5.

Starting Pitchers: LHP Nik Turley (5-6, 4.86) at LHP Edgar Olmos (1-1, 4.18).

Olmos is being given a chance to start after his recent success as a multiple-inning option out of the bullpen. He made a spot-start on July 30 in El Paso and tossed four scoreless innings.

Hot Rainiers: Chris Taylor had three hits including a go-ahead three-run homer on Sunday, and he’s batting .400 (16-for-40) since being optioned to Tacoma by the Mariners. Ramon Flores has reached base in all ten games played for Tacoma. Jabari Blash is hitting .287 with 10 HRs and 24 RBI in 24 games since coming back from Double-A.

Look Out For: Trevor Brown carries a nine-game hitting streak into tonight’s game. Juan Perez has hit four homers in his last eight games. Darren Ford has hit six of his nine homers against left-handed pitchers; he had a leadoff homer on Sunday. Sacramento ended Fresno’s eight-game win streak on Sunday, but the River Cats lost four-of-five in that series.

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:

  • Chris Taylor‘s homer was cited as the turning point in the Rainiers game story on Sunday’s victory.
  • The Mariners offense faltered in a 3-2 loss to Baltimore last night.
  • Lloyd McClendon reminds the rookie pitchers: don’t shake off your catcher.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook warns of approaching innings limits for Taijuan Walker and Mike Montgomery.
  • Ballpark Digest visited Aces Ballpark in Reno – here is their review.
  • Omaha’s Jose Martinez has been one of the biggest surprises in the PCL this year. He and Reno’s Danny Dorn are probably the top competition against Jesus Montero in the race for the batting title.
  • The Sacramento Bee tried to help us figure out which Matt Duffy is which. I’m still confused.
  • Fresno Bee columnist Marek W. throws the mic down on Taco Bell’s offer to the Fresno Grizzlies. That should settle it.
  • Here’s the report on Sacramento’s win at Fresno on Sunday, which ended Fresno’s eight-game winning streak.
  • On Sunday, Albuquerque scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat El Paso, 5-4, in front of the cast of Better Call Saul. Story includes photo.
  • Baseball America released the results of their Best Tools survey, voted on by minor league managers. Here are the Triple-A winners.
  • I really enjoyed this article (apparently the first in a series!) on Little League home runs. The 1911 clip from the New York Times is amazing.

Early game on Wednesday – 11:35 AM. Up and at ’em!

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