Rainiers Streak Into Doubleheader

Tacoma won its fourth in a row last night, shutting out Sacramento 7-0 to pull within seven games of the first place River Cats.

Matt Palmer tossed six scoreless innings of two-hit ball, and Blake Beavan and Logan Kensing polished ’em off.

Offensively, Tacoma opened the bottom of the first inning with five consecutive singles. I’m not sure I’ve seen a team open the first with five singles in a row before. That ended up netting three runs.

Tacoma tacked on more runs in the early innings and won with relative ease. Sacramento even used catcher Luis Exposito to pitch the bottom of the eighth inning, in an effort to save pitching for today’s doubleheader.

Now 53-53 on the year, the Rainiers have reached the .500 mark for the first time since the team was 18-18 on May 13th. Tacoma was once 13 games under, but the team has gone 27-14 over the last 41 games to get back to even.

Today’s doubleheader is a make-up for a rain out from when Sacramento visited Tacoma in April. This is the final make-up doubleheader on the schedule for Tacoma: we’ll be all caught up from the incredible eight home rain outs in April and May after tonight’s games.

Saturday’s action starts at 6:05 PM (Pacific) – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show begins at 5:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts LHP James Gillheeney (3-7, 5.75) against Sacramento RHP Zach Neal (3-5, 4.49) in the first game; Tacoma RHP Forrest Snow (1-1, 1.07) starts game two against Sacramento RHP Philip Humber (4-4, 3.91).

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