It’s Over!

The Rainiers six-game losing streak came to an emphatic halt Saturday night in Fresno, as Tacoma pounded out 14 hits in an 11-5 victory.

Rich Poythress was the star of the day. He hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the fourth inning, a solo shot in the seventh, and a two-run triple in the eighth which iced the game.

All told, he went 3-for-5 with the triple, two homers, and six RBI. He’s batting .256 with nine homers and 45 RBI on the year.

The burst of extra-base hits raised Poythress’s slugging percentage 35 points in one game – which seems like a lot to me for this late in the season. His slugging bumped from .406 to .441.

Jesus Montero and Abraham Almonte also had big games. Montero was 2-for-3 with two walks and an RBI, and Almonte reached base four times (two hits, two walks) and stole two bases.

The victory kept Tacoma alone in first place – both Salt Lake and Colorado Springs won, remaining one- and two- games behind the Rainiers.

The road trip ends with a night game tonight, and Tacoma can earn a split of the series with a win. If you’re wondering why a night game is scheduled on a Sunday, it is simply too hot to play day games in Fresno at this time of year.

Tonight’s game is at 6:05, and you can hear it on South Sound Sports 850 AM, streaming right here, and available via the TuneIn app for iPads and smart phones. Tacoma starts RHP Chance Ruffin (0-1, 8.31) against Fresno RHP Justin Fitzgerald (0-3, 7.33).

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The team returns home for a quick four-game homestand, Monday-through-Thursday, against Tucson.

2 Responses to It’s Over!

  1. Gail says:

    OK, make it 2 in a row. Hopefully a happy trip home!

  2. Larry Zarelli says:

    We got to win all the next 24 home games…or were out of the running. Show tacoma what we got left to win.

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