Rainiers Look To Avoid Sweep

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.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

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.

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PCL Game Reports:

It will be great to come home for a week-long homestand on Monday!

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