Rainiers Face PCL Champs

Tacoma lost the last game in Albuquerque on Monday – a close one, a 4-3 defeat – and had to settle for a split of that four-game series.

Now the road trip moves on to Fresno, where the team faces division rival and defending PCL champions the Fresno Grizzlies for the first time this season.

The Houston Astros affiliate hasn’t gotten hot just yet, hanging right around the .500 mark before dropping their last three games. But they have a winning manager in Tony DeFrancesco, and one of the top hitting prospects in the minors in A.J. Reed.

Fresno enters this series in second place in the Pacific-North, 4.5 games behind Tacoma.

It’s never too early to start picking up wins against a division rival!

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: With the wind blowing out in Albuquerque, nobody expected the Rainiers and Isotopes to combine for just nine hits on Monday afternoon – but that’s what happened in Albuquerque’s 4-3 win. The Isotopes scratched the winning run across in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Today: Tacoma (18-13) at Fresno (13-17), 6:35.

Opponent Affiliation: Houston Astros.

Season Series: 0-0. First of 16 games tonight.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Cody Martin (4-2, 6.75) at RHP Brady Rodgers (1-2, 3.60).

Martin is tied for the PCL lead in wins… Rodgers is the reigning PCL Pitcher of the Week, an award he won with his complete game, four-hit, 86-pitch shutout of Reno on Wednesday.

Hot Rainiers: All of the Rainiers hitting streaks ended yesterday… Chris Taylor reached four times, with two hits and two walks, and he has reached base via hit or walk in 27 of the 30 games he has played in.

Look Out For: Veteran shortstop Danny Worth has been on a tear since opening day for Fresno – and it’s a good thing, because most of their position players have gotten off to slow starts. Worth is hitting .366-5-19, he’s hit safely in 24 of 28 games played, and he’s been the crux of the Fresno offense… also, Tony Kemp is on a seven-game hitting streak… top prospect A.J. Reed has not started hitting yet in the PCL.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 6:20 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.

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