Up And At ‘Em – Rainiers Play Early!

Early action today!


Yesterday: The Rainiers scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning and cruised to an 8-0 series-opening win on Tuesday night. Tyler Cloyd, Nick Hagadone, Ryne Harper, and Mark Lowe combined on a six-hit shutout. Tacoma’s Dan Vogelbach and Tyler Smith hit homers.

Today: Fresno (18-28) at Tacoma (28-16), 11:35 AM.

Opponent Affiliation: Houston Astros.

Season Series: Tacoma leads, 1-0.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Trent Thornton (1-2, 5.91) at LHP Dillon Overton (1-0, 8.44).

Look for Kyle Hunter to “piggy back” with Overton, who has not settled into a starting pitcher’s routine at any point yet this season.

Hot Rainiers: Mike Freeman has an 11-game hitting streak in the PCL, which is active even though before last night he hadn’t played in the league since May 4… Dario Pizzano has a four-game hitting streak and is batting .306 with four homers in May… reliever Ryne Harper hasn’t allowed a run over his last seven appearances, covering 8.2 innings pitched… Mark Lowe has gone six appearances without allowing a run, spanning 6.1 IP – and also his velocity seems to have picked up a little bit.

Look Out For: Outfielder Derek Fisher is considered the top prospect among the position players on the club; he’s hitting .320 with ten homers… first baseman A.J. Reed was touted as a top prospect entering the 2016 season but fell off; he’s performing better in the PCL this year.

Local Guys and Ex-Rainiers: Casey Coleman was a productive reliever for Tacoma last year; he’s in Fresno’s starting rotation right now… reliever Aaron West was drafted out of the University of Washington in 2012, he’s a product of Snohomish High School.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 11:20 AM 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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