Tacoma dropped its third straight game, a 3-2 decision on Saturday night in Fresno that ended on a walk-off hit with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning. The loss means that Tacoma is going to lose the series in Fresno, and post a losing record on the eight-game road trip. Tacoma is 2-5 on the trip so far.
That being said, Tacoma can avoid the sweep with a win today. The Rainiers have not been swept yet this season, and have had only three series losses: 1-3 to open the season at Sacramento, and 1-2 at Albuquerque in mid-April. The third being the current series.
Today also marks the end of the Rainiers 16-out-of-20 games on the road stretch. It’s the end of the toughest segment of schedule of the season, and the Rainiers are 8-11 on it with one game to play.
A much-needed seven-game homestand starts on Monday, with a Felix Hernandez rehabilitation start coming on Tuesday, and hopes that Mitch Haniger may arrive on rehab as well.
Yesterday: In a game that could have gone either way, Fresno took down Tacoma 3-2 on Preston Tucker‘s two-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning. Cody Martin had a strong return 2017 season debut, pitching 3.2 scoreless innings of one-hit ball before reaching his pitch limit.
Today: Tacoma (31-23) at Fresno (26-30), 1:05.
Opponent Affiliation: Houston Astros.
Season Series: Fresno leads, 5-2.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Andrew Moore (2-0, 3.03) at RHP Dean Deetz (-).
Moore is coming off eight shutout innings in his last start five days ago in Salt Lake City. Deetz is making his Triple-A debut – he’s a sleeper prospect in the Astros system, and was just promoted to Fresno after going 4-2, 1.82 for Double-A Corpus Christi.
Hot Rainiers: Leonys Martin has hit safely in 17 of his last 20 games… Zach Shank is 15-for-43 over his last 11 games.
Look Out For: Outfield prospect Derek Fisher is on a tear. He has 18 hits during a nine-game hitting streak, and has reached base in 15 straight games… catcher Juan Centeno went 0-for-4 last night, ending his hitting streak at 21 games. It’s the longest streak in the PCL this season… Preston Tucker has hit four homers over his past nine 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 12:50 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.
- We’ll start with the game recap from the Fresno Grizzlies website.
- Mike Zunino went bonkers, hitting a grand slam and finishing with seven RBI in the Mariners 9-2 win over Tampa on Saturday. Three takeaways from the game.
- Ryan Divish has a great story on Mariners players recalling their first major league hit.
- Felix Hernandez is set to start Tuesday for Tacoma, and maybe we’ll see Hisashi Iwakuma later in the week.
- Shortstop Jean Segura thinks he can recover from his high ankle sprain more quickly than expected.
- Jimmy Piersall, the outfielder who wrote a book about his mental illness called Fear Strikes Out, passed away at age 87.
- Today is the 43rd anniversary of the Ten Cent Beer Night forfeit. This is why we do two dollar beers on Thirsty Thursdays. It keeps the riff-raff out!
PCL Game Reports:
- Las Vegas helped out the Rainiers by winning at Reno, 9-5, keeping Tacoma two games out of first place. Brandon Nimmo hit a grand slam in the fourth inning to open up an 8-2 lead.
- Sacramento catcher Tim Federowicz went 5-for-5 with two homers in a 13-1 win at Albuquerque. The ‘Topes “got blasted on Star Wars Night” but at least got catcher Tom Murphy back from the disabled list.
- Salt Lake trampled the Chihuahuas, 11-1, and the Bees go for a four-game road series sweep today.
- Memphis starter Michael Mayers struck out ten and helped the Redbirds beat Omaha, 6-1. The Commercial-Appeal has a feature on pitching prospect Luke Weaver.
- Drew Robinson had two keys hits to help Round Rock cut a piece of the Baby Cakes, 4-2.
- Iowa catcher Victor Caratini can hit, and now he’s getting better behind the plate. Caratini homered in Iowa’s 5-1 win over Nashville on Saturday.
- Oklahoma City picked up a rain-shortened, six-inning shutout win over Colorado Springs, 4-0.
It will be great to come home for a week-long homestand on Monday!