Desperation Time

Tacoma lost to Reno on Sunday afternoon, 4-2 – and now the Rainiers must win the final two games of this series just to maintain a longshot hope of winning the division title.

Tacoma had scoring opportunities early against Reno starter Zach Kroenke, who walked four batters in the first two innings. But Kroenke settled down after allowing two early runs, and he coasted through seven innings to earn the win.

The Rainiers had a good start from Nate Robertson, but he ended up taking the loss because of the team’s offensive struggles. Tacoma has scored just 18 runs during this six-game losing streak, for an average of just three runs per game.

Now the team is 7.5 games out of first with 15 to play. Win these next two, pull within 5.5 games, and then hope for a miracle down the stretch – that’s the only possible recipe for a Rainiers repeat now.

Tonight’s game is at 7:05, and you can hear it on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma ia scheduled to start LHP Anthony Vasquez (4-3, 3.21), but I won’t be surprised if Luke French is inserted into the rotation today – I guess we’ll find out in a few hours. Reno is slated to start ex-Tacoma RHP Gaby Hernandez (4-6, 6.49).

Cheap Tickets Alert: The Rainiers are doing a “roll back the prices to opening day 1960″ event at the start of the next homestand: on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday next week, tickets are just 50 cents for kids 12 and under. That’s how much they were for the first season at Cheney Stadium. You can get the details on the Rainiers official site.

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Time to take the three-block walk (past three casino hotels, a train station, and a “men’s club”) to the ballpark.

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One Response to Desperation Time

  1. rainierfan says:

    It is being reported all over twitter that Anthony Vasquez is getting called up and will pitch the second game of the double header for the Mariners on Tuesday. So more than likely Luke French will get the start for Tacoma.

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