Reno snapped a 1-1 tie with a six-run sixth inning and cruised to a 7-1 win at Tacoma on Thursday night in the series opener.
With the win, Reno pulled within three games of first place Tacoma.
Tuffy Gosewisch hit the go-ahead RBI double off Tacoma starter Donn Roach to make it 2-1, and then a few batters later Kyle Jensen broke the game open with a three-run homer off Rainiers reliever Casey Coleman.
In between, the Rainiers misplayed a potential double play grounder which would have ended the inning.
It was not the best start to the series for Tacoma, which had just six hits. We’ll see if they can even-up the series tonight.
For anyone listening last night, I apologize for my voice, which is now officially gone. I’ve been sick all week and it has somehow silenced my vocal chords. It’s not the first time this has happened to me, but it’s been five or six years since the last occurrence.
So today we are bringing in a pinch-hitter: Everett Aqua Sox broadcaster Pat Dillon is going to fill-in on tonight’s broadcast.
He’s just been sitting up there, twiddling his thumbs and waiting for the short-season Northwest League to get started. He graciously offered to drive down – on a Friday, no less! – and help out.
Yesterday: Tacoma dropped the opener of a four-game series against Reno, 7-1, as the Aces scored six runs in the top of the sixth inning.
Roster Move: There was an additional roster move prior to yesterday’s game: the Mariners signed veteran RHP Jarrett Grube, and sent RHP Andrew Kittredge to Double-A Jackson. Grube pitched for Tacoma in 2010 and 2011; he was with Triple-A Columbus earlier this season, going 0-3, 4.43 in 11 games (seven starts). He’ll slot into the Tacoma starting rotation on Sunday.
Today: Reno (31-28) at Tacoma (34-25-1), 7:05.
Opponent Affiliation: Arizona Diamondbacks.
Season Series: Reno leads, 1-0.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Edgar Garcia (2-2, 6.58) at RHP Cody Martin (5-3, 5.55).
Hot Rainiers: In his last nine appearances, Blake Parker has allowed just four hits and no runs over 9.1 innings. He’s also 9-for-9 in save opportunities this season… Patrick Kivlehan has hit safely in five straight games and is 8-for-22 since re-joining the Rainiers… Chris Taylor has a nine-game hitting streak, while Mike Baxter and Boog Powell have each hit in five straight games.
Look Out For: Kyle Jensen has homered in three straight games, with 11 RBI… Socrates Brito has an 11-game hitting streak, with 22 total hits – he went 4-for-5 last night… Peter O’Brien leads the PCL with 17 home runs, but Tacoma held him to an 0-for-4 last night, ending his nine-game hitting streak.
Ex-Rainiers: Reno has former Mariners and Rainiers reliever Dominic Leone, and former Rainiers third basemen Carlos Rivero and Ed Lucas.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 6:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here. Pat Dillon is filling in for me tonight.
PCL Scoreboard: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.
- We start with the Rainiers game story.
- The Mariners lost to Cleveland last night, 5-3, despite two home runs by Robinson Cano.
- Ryan Divish has the details on the Mariners first two draft picks.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook explains why Leonys Martin was scratched from his rehab assignment in Tacoma last night. Turned out to be a good decision – several innings were played in the rain last night.
- A Mariners prospect ranks high on this week’s Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet.
PCL Game Reports:
- Salt Lake blew an eight-run lead at Fresno, then won in the tenth inning on Ji-Man Choi‘s fourth hit of the game.
- Sacramento scored early and held on for a 6-3 win at El Paso.
- Las Vegas roped Albuquerque ace Jeff Hoffman in a 17-7 win at Isotopes Park. Las Vegas starter Sean Gilmartin allowed seven runs in 5.1 innings, but went 3-for-3 with four RBI at the plate.
- Just optioned to Triple-A, Kolten Wong hit a walk-off grand slam to give Memphis an 8-5 win over Colorado springs.
- Iowa added five new players, then went out and lost to Round Rock, 8-5.
- Nashville and Oklahoma City split a doubleheader in Bricktown.
- Omaha got shut down by New Orleans starter Chris Reed.
I’m hopeful my voice comes back and I’ll be able to be able to go on Saturday.