The End Of The Road

The Rainiers longest road trip of the season comes to a close today, Day 12 here in Colorado Springs.

This journey started in Las Vegas, where the team went 3-1 to win the series. Then we moved on to Sacramento, and split a four-gamer there, 2-2.

After last night’s tough loss in the Springs, Tacoma is 1-2 here – needing a victory today to get a split with the second-place Sky Sox. The Rainiers are 6-5 on this road trip.

Today’s game is a big one – a difference-maker in the standings. Yes, it’s still too early to get all worked up about the standings, but the difference between a 1.5-game lead and a 3.5-game lead is pretty big. A win today moves it up to a 3.5-game lead.

Salt Lake continues to charge from third place. The Bees have gone 16-5 over their last 21 games, pulling within four games of first. Salt Lake has won five straight and is trying to close out a home sweep of a tough Sacramento team tonight.

Last night the Rainiers (just like the Mariners, as fate would have it) blew an early 8-1 lead. Tacoma led 11-4 in the middle of the sixth, only to see it slip away.

These types of things happen in Colorado Springs, where the high elevation and swirling winds cause some crazy baseball. I’d have to go back into my old scorebooks to confirm, but it seems like the Rainiers have a game get away like this once every season in The Springs. Last night was that night.

Still, Tacoma is 4-3 at Security Service Field this season, and tonight is the Rainiers final game of the year in this ballpark. Tacoma still has eight head-to-head match-ups with the Sky Sox at Cheney Stadium.

Tonight’s game is at 6:05 (Pacific), and the broadcast is on South Sound Sports 850 AM, streaming online, or via the TuneIn app for iPads and smart phones. Tacoma starts RHP Brian Sweeney (7-2, 3.81) against Sky Sox ace LHP Drew Pomeranz (7-1, 4.35).

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