Tacoma finished the deal in Sacramento, waiting out River Cats starter Joan Gregorio before carving up the Sacramento bullpen for six runs in the final two innings of a 7-3 win.
The victory gave Tacoma its first series win on the road this season, and kept the Rainiers two games ahead of second-place Reno in the standings.
After the game the team took a charter bus to Fresno and checked into the motor lodge at about two AM. A four-game series starts here tonight.
Fresno is a hot ballclub right now. The Grizzlies have won 11 of their last 13 games, pulling within one game of the .500 mark – they were 25-35 on the season when this hot streak began.
They have been winning entirely because of fantastic pitching. Fresno has held its opponent to three runs or less in 12 of the last 13 games.
The Grizzlies just swept Albuquerque, and look at the scores: 3-1, 2-1, 5-2, 2-1.
The key to this series will be if the Rainiers can score against the Fresno staff.
And it should be noted: while Fresno is 11-2 over the last 13 games, both losses came against Tacoma. These teams just split a four-game series at Cheney Stadium last week.
Yesterday: Tacoma rallied in the late innings again, scoring six runs over the final two frames to defeat Sacramento, 7-3. The River Cats helped out by making two critical errors in the eighth inning, setting the stage for the Tacoma rally. The Rainiers won the series, three games to one.
Roster Move: Here’s the full list of roster moves which occurred prior to yesterday’s game: pitchers Donn Roach and David Rollins went to Seattle, pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen and outfielder Nori Aoki came down to Tacoma from Seattle, outfielder Guillermo Heredia joined the Rainiers from Jackson (and went 2-for-5 in his Triple-A debut), and pitcher Kraig Sitton returned from Double-A (he actually flew to Tennessee and flew right back, in one 24-hour period). Aoki has not reported yet – he may arrive today.
Today: Tacoma (42-32-1) at Fresno (36-37), 7:05.
Opponent Affiliation: Houston Astros.
Season Series: Tied, 4-4.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Cody Martin (5-5, 4.82) at RHP Mike Hauschild (5-6, 3.18).
Hot Rainiers: Rob Brantly has gone 7-for-21 over his last six games, and he had the go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning last night… Stefen Romero has had three straight multiple-hit games… Patrick Kivlehan has hit safely in 15 of 17 games since rejoining the Rainiers, including four straight.
Look Out For: Outfielder Preston Tucker carries an eight-game hitting streak into tonight’s game. He’s 15-for-30 during the streak… closer James Hoyt has seven saves in the last 13 days.
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.
PCL Scoreboard: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.
- The Rainiers game story gives details on how the team won last night.
- The Mariners stole a victory from the jaws of defeat last night, as Adam Lind launched a walk-off three-run homer to give Seattle a 4-3 win over St. Louis.
- Todd Milles has today’s Mariners Notebook, on all of the roster moves.
- The Mariners Class-A Bakersfield affiliate pitched a no-hitter in the California League last night. Three pitchers combined for the no-no: Osmer Morales, Isaac Sanchez, and Jake Zokan.
PCL Game Reports:
- Reno avoided a sweep by blasting Las Vegas, 9-4. Kyle Jensen hit two homers and drove in five runs.
- Brady Rodgers had another great start in Fresno’s 2-1 win over Albuquerque. The Grizzlies lost top prospect A.J. Reed to a big league call-up.
- Catcher Austin Hedges continued his home run binge in El Paso’s 9-3 win over Salt Lake.
- Iowa picked up a 7-4 win over Nashville, and the paper has a story on the wild journey of Matt Murton.
- Oklahoma City seems to have found a winner in pitcher Brock Stewart, who struck out ten in an 8-2 victory over Round Rock.
- Omaha finally figured out how to beat New Orleans.
- Colorado Springs had 18 hits in an 11-6 win over Memphis.
The internet in the Fresno motor lodge is infuriatingly slow. Kind of surprising they have it at all, considering nothing else in this place has been updated since the 1960s.