The Rainiers missed out on their chance to win a series in Reno for the second time in franchise history, losing the lead in the late innings of a 9-7 defeat on Thursday night. Now the road trip continues to Sacramento, with four games in three days to lead into the all-star break.
Tacoma’s pitching staff is thin. The Rainiers will have two ‘bullpen games’ this weekend: one tonight, and another in the second game of the doubleheader tomorrow.
Saturday’s doubleheader will be unique: the first game is actually the completion of a suspended game from April 7. That game was scoreless in the bottom of the first inning when the rain hit. We’ll finish it up as a nine inning game, and then play a seven inning game afterwards. It all starts at 4:30.
Sacramento just lost two-of-three at Albuquerque, and has lost six-of-seven overall. The River Cats have the second-worst record in the PCL, slightly better than New Orleans.
Yesterday: Reno’s Zach Borenstein stunned the Rainiers with a two-out, three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Aces beat Tacoma, 9-7. Tyler Smith drove in three runs for the Rainiers, and Mark Lowe pitched 3.1 shutout innings in long relief.
Roster Moves: Prior to last night’s game, the Rainiers placed pitcher Rob Whalen on the disabled list and added reliever Austin Hutchison from the Arizona Rookie League. Today the Mariners called up reliever Emilio Pagan, and optioned Sam Gaviglio to Tacoma (they don’t need a fifth starter around the all-star break).
Today: Tacoma (44-41) at Sacramento (33-52), 7:05.
Opponent Affiliation: San Francisco Giants.
Season Series: Tacoma leads, 5-4.
Starting Pitchers: TBA at LHP Matt Gage (0-1, 5.40).
Today will be a ‘bullpen day’ for the Rainiers. As of postgame last night, the starting pitcher was unknown.
Hot Rainiers: Leonys Martin has been successful in his last 19 stolen base attempts… D.J. Peterson has hit safely in five straight games (10-for-21)… Steven Baron is 10-for-his-last-22… Tyler O’Neill has hit eight homers in the last 14 games, and he has a five-game hitting streak.
Look Out For: Chris Shaw has gone 15-for-34 over his last nine games… Carlos Moncrief has a five game hitting streak… Juan Ciriaco went 7-for-13 the last three games in Albuquerque.
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 Reno Aces website has a game recap with video of the decisive homer.
- The Mariners made it eight straight home losses by dropping a 7-4 decision to Oakland last night. Three takeaways from the game.
- Seattle’s season is slipping away, Larry Stone writes.
- Ben Gamel qualified to lead the American League in batting average. He’s going to get a Triple-A hit tomorrow – I’ll explain why in Saturday’s blog.
- Lookout Landing has one of its excellent “State of the Farm” updates.
PCL Game Reports:
- Sacramento lost in Albuquerque, 4-3, despite Isotopes starter Ryan Carpenter not having his best stuff.
- Las Vegas trailed El Paso 5-2 at the seventh inning stretch, yet won the game 13-7. Dominic Smith drove in six runs.
- Kaleb Cowart hit a grand slam in the second inning and Salt Lake cruised to a 10-5 win at Fresno.
- New Orleans shut out Omaha, 7-0, and… wow. It was the Baby Cakes first series win of the season.
- Iowa hammered Oklahoma City, 13-3.
- Home Run Derby contestant Renato Nunez went deep twice in Nashville’s 11-7 win at Colorado Springs. Nunez leads the PCL with 24 homers.
- Nick Martini had four hits to help Memphis to a road win at Round Rock, 7-4.