The Rainiers lost in Fresno last night, 4-1, and how it happened was rather unique.
Tacoma’s first two batters of the game hit singles, and after that Fresno pitched a no-hitter.
It went like this:
- Leonys Martin singled to start the game.
- Balk moves Martin to second
- Zach Shank RBI single
- 27 straight outs, with three walks scattered in there.
Fresno pitchers Casey Coleman, Kevin Comer, and Jordan Jankowski kept the Rainiers bats in order.
The game was tied 1-1 at the seventh inning stretch, thanks to a strong first six innings by Rainiers starter Chase De Jong. He was under 80 pitches when he went out for the seventh, but the first three batters in that inning went: single, homer, homer.
That put the Grizzlies ahead, 4-1. Tacoma reliever Dean Kiekhefer pitched two perfect innings in relief of De Jong, but the bats couldn’t get anything going.
Yesterday: Two hits ain’t gonna cut it, and that all the Rainiers had in a 4-1 loss at Fresno last night. Chase De Jong pitched six strong innings, but allowed two homers in the seventh and took the loss.
Roster Moves: Yesterday was a busy day. Shortstop Tyler Smith and pitcher Tyler Cloyd were called up by Seattle, and pitcher Casey Lawrence was optioned to Tacoma. The Mariners needed a 40-man roster spot so they designated Andrew Aplin for assignment; he’s in ‘baseball limbo’ for a few days. Tacoma added outfielder Willie Argo from extended spring training, and he went straight back there after the game. Today the Rainiers add veteran infielder Ryan Jackson – just signed from the independent Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League – and outfielder Brayan Hernandez from extended spring.
Today: Tacoma (31-22) at Fresno (25-30), 7:05.
Opponent Affiliation: Houston Astros.
Season Series: Fresno leads, 4-2.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Cody Martin (-) at RHP David Martinez (2-6, 6.22).
Once my projected Rainiers opening day starter, Martin is making his season debut tonight after suffering an elbow sprain during spring training. He’s clear for about 55-60 pitches.
Hot Rainiers: D.J. Peterson had his six-game hitting streak end last night… Leonys Martin has hit safely in 16 of his last 19 games… Zach Shank is 14-for-40 over his last ten games.
Look Out For: Outfield prospect Derek Fisher is on a tear. He has 16 hits during an eight-game hitting streak, and has reached base in 15 straight games, but his four-games-with-a-homer streak ended yesterday… catcher Juan Centeno has returned from the major leagues and picked up a 21-game PCL hitting streak… Preston Tucker has hit four homers over his past eight games.
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 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.
Triple-A All-Star Game: We’re hosting it at Cheney Stadium on July 12, and fan balloting is live now – go here and vote for who you want to see.
- Here’s the Rainiers recap from the team website. A nearby newspaper has a feature on Fresno reliever Tyson Perez, a local product coming off elbow surgery.
- Make plans now: Felix Hernandez said that he’ll be making a rehabilitation start for Tacoma at Cheney Stadium on Tuesday!
- Taylor Motter hit a first inning grand slam against his former team, and the Mariners routed the Tampa Bay Rays, 12-4. Three takeaways from the game.
- Congratulations to Tyler Smith, who got his first major league hit – a double to left off Rays reliever Ryne Stanek.
- Here’s the report on the injuries that caused all of yesterday’s roster moves.
PCL Game Reports:
- Las Vegas helped out the Rainiers by scoring six runs in the ninth inning and beating Reno, 11-4. Josh Rodriguez went 4-for-5 with a three-run homer to ice the game in the ninth. Tacoma remains two games behind first place Reno, and the Aces visit Tacoma on Monday.
- Salt Lake starter Austin Robichaux tamed the El Paso Chihuahuas for six shutout innings in Salt Lake’s 5-2 win.
- Sacramento small-balled its way to a 7-5 win in the launching pad of Isotopes Park.
- Colorado Springs pushed a run across in the top of the tenth inning and beat Oklahoma City, 1-0. The Oklahoman has a Q&A with Sky Sox reliever Stephen Kohlscheen, an Oklahoma native who pitched for Tacoma in 2014.
- Round Rock led the New Orleans Baby Cakes 6-3 in the 7th inning when the skies opened up and rain came down like a baby’s tears, halting the game and giving the Express a rain-shortened win.
- Memphis currently has the best record in the American Conference, and they added another highly regarded pitching prospect. Jack Flaherty made his Triple-A debut and allowed two runs in six innings, and the Redbirds batted around in both the seventh and eighth innings in a 12-2 wipeout of Omaha.
- Matt Olson launched two homers and Renato Nunez hit one as Nashville ripped the Iowa Cubs, 12-3. Olson and Nunez are tied with two others for second in the PCL with 14 home runs, one behind Reno’s Christian Walker.