Cats Sweep Rainiers In DH

Sacramento swept a doubleheader from the Tacoma Rainiers on Saturday night, putting the Rainiers hopes of making a run at the River Cats for the division title in serious jeopardy.

The two wins opened Sacramento’s lead up to nine games over Tacoma, with 36 to play. The Rainiers could really use wins in the final two games of this series, which will be Tacoma’s final head-to-head games against the division leader.

Sacramento won the first game 8-5, as Daric Barton hit a key three-run homer and Andy Parrino drilled a two-run triple. Justin Smoak homered twice in the game, but the Rainiers needed more than that.

The second game was a pitcher’s duel that Sacramento won, 2-1. It was a “bullpen game” for the River Cats, and that’s not good for opponents: Sacramento’s greatest strength is its terrific bullpen. Four pitchers held Tacoma to just four hits total.

A few Tacoma highlights: Nate Tenbrink homered in the first game and doubled in the second, and it looks like he is dead-set on making up for lost time and helping the club down the stretch. Smoak hit those two dingers in the opener, and nearly had a third in the second game. Forrest Snow delivered another solid spot-start, but he got stuck with the loss in that 2-1 game. Stephen Kolscheen racked up six strikeouts in 2.2 innings of relief, mostly on elevated fastballs to left-handed batters.

The Rainiers need a win badly on Sunday, and rehabbing Mariners starter James Paxton needs a strong start. It seems to me that these two things would go together quite well. It should be a beautiful day afternoon at Cheney Stadium – come out to the park if you can.

Sunday’s game starts at 1:35 PM (Pacific) – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show begins at 1:20 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts LHP James Paxton (0-1, 6.00) against Sacramento LHP Drew Pomeranz (0-0, 4.50).

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Don’t forget, we have another day game on Monday at 11:35 AM. Start making your lunch plans for Cheney Stadium now!

One Response to Cats Sweep Rainiers In DH

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