Ike Davis spiked an early three-run homer, a Rainiers rally fell short, and Tacoma’s six-game win streak ended on Monday night in Round Rock, Texas.
Davis’s three-run shot to center in the second inning gave the Express a 3-0 lead, and they added another run on an RBI single in the fourth to make it 4-0.
Per usual, the Rainiers fought until the end and nearly completed a comeback.
Down 4-2 with one out in the ninth, runners were at first and second. Dario Pizzano sliced a single down the left field line, scoring one run while advancing the tying runner to third. However, Pizzano tried to stretch the hit into a double – which would have put the go-ahead run in scoring position – but the former Rainiers outfielder James Jones gunned him down at second base.
That brought Zach Shank to the plate with two outs and the tying runner at third, and he lined out to the right fielder to end the game.
It was a good first game to the series, which should continue to be entertaining: Round Rock is also hot right now, having won six of their last seven games.
However, the Express lost three key players prior to last night’s game: middle of the order sluggers Joey Gallo and Jared Hoying were called up by Texas, and Patrick Kivlehan was placed on waivers to open up a 40-man roster spot – so he’s unavailable for now.
Yesterday: Ike Davis hit a three-run homer, Tacoma couldn’t get anything going against major league veteran Kyle Lohse until the sixth inning, and Round Rock ended the Rainiers six-game win streak with a 4-3 decision on Monday night.
Today: Tacoma (27-17) at Round Rock (24-19), 5:05 (Pacific).
Opponent Affiliation: Texas Rangers.
Season Series: Round Rock leads, 1-0.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Donn Roach (3-2, 6.43) at RHP Chi-Chi Gonzalez (1-4, 6.12).
Hot Rainiers: Mike Baxter has a seven-game hitting streak, during which he has gone 8-for-27 with four home runs, and he has scored at least one run in each game… Mike Zunino has nine RBI over his last four games… Stefen Romero has reached base via hit or walk in 14 straight games… Luis Sardinas has a five-game hitting streak, going 10-for-19.
Look Out For: Jurickson Profar has an 11-game hitting streak, and both Patrick Cantwell and Ryan Strausborger have hit safely in eight straight.
Ex-Rainiers: Round Rock is loaded with ’em. James Jones and Tom Wilhelmsen are on the active roster while Justin Ruggiano is on the disabled list. Patrick Kivlehan is currently on waivers, but if he clears he’ll rejoin Round Rock.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 4:50 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 marvels about the 15-year gap between Kyle Lohse‘s last two starts against Tacoma.
- The Mariners ran into Rich Hill and got shut out by the A’s, 5-0. Taijuan Walker pitched well but the defense was a problem.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook leads off with an item on the improved performance by the bullpen.
- Leonys Martin is heating up for the Mariners while the Rainiers are facing the players who were traded for him.
PCL Game Reports:
- Second-place Reno picked up a game on the Rainiers and is 6.5 games back in the standings. Braden Shipley pitched six shutout innings, and the Aces scored four runs in the ninth to win at New Orleans, 6-2.
- Fresno came from way back and walked-off Oklahoma City, 8-7. The Dodgers led this game 7-1 in the middle of the sixth inning and then had a bullpen meltdown. Jon Kemmer had the game-winning hit.
- Giants reliever Sergio Romo had a successful rehabilitation stint in Sacramento’s 4-2 win over Colorado Springs.
- El Paso topped Iowa, 6-1, as Alex Dickerson hit a pinch-hit three-run homer. The Cubs released Shane Victorino.
- Nashville remains one of the hottest teams in the league. After going 7-1 on a homestand, the Sounds rolled into Vegas and banged out 14 hits in a game started by the 51’s ace, Gabriel Ynoa. Nashville won, 7-4.
- Speaking of hits, Salt Lake had 21 of ’em in a 14-3 trouncing of Memphis. Ex-Rainiers first baseman Ji-Man Choi had three hits.
- Albuquerque picked up a road win by scoring two runs in the 12th inning at Omaha.