Rested For Stretch Run

The Tacoma Rainiers enjoyed their last off-day of the season yesterday, and now the team begins the run to the finish line: 26 games in 26 days, starting tonight against Fresno at Cheney Stadium.

The team is ready for a playoff push. Tacoma trails first place Sacramento by six games, and second place Reno by four games.

The key to a possible playoff run is the fact that Sacramento and Reno play each other ten times in the final 26 days, including a five-game series in Reno starting tonight. Tacoma wants the results of their ten games to be close: a 5-5 split, or maybe 6-4 to Reno’s favor. That would give the Rainiers the chance to gain games on both teams if they can stay hot.

And hot they are. The Rainiers won the series at Albuquerque and finished the road trip with a 5-3 record. Tacoma is 34-19 over the last 53 games, including an 11-5 stretch over the past 16. Tacoma has also won 10 of the last 14 home games, going into tonight.

Now Tacoma faces a Fresno club that has played steady .500 ball since the all-star break, going 10-10. They’ve had a lot of roster changes in the last week, and there are several new faces on the club. Tacoma has gone 4-2 against Fresno so far this season.

Thursday’s game starts at 7:05 PM (Pacific) – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show begins at 6:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Erasmo Ramirez (3-4, 3.74) against Fresno RHP Jason Berken (8-8, 4.40).


It’s Thirsty Thursday tonight!


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