Rainiers Still In Race

Third place Tacoma continued to pressure the division leaders with a 7-3 win over Omaha on Thursday night.

With first place Sacramento losing, Tacoma is now four games back in the standings with 11 to play. Reno sits in second place, two games out of first.

Erasmo Ramirez was terrific last night, needing just 100 pitches to make it through eight innings. He allowed just five hits and three runs (two earned). Ramirez issued no walks and struck out six.

Ty Kelly led the offense with three hits and two runs batted in. Gabriel Noriega hit an opposite-field two-run homer, Ketel Marte also went deep, and Leury Bonilla had two hits including a go-ahead RBI double.

I received a lot of questions about why two guys didn’t play. Michael Saunders is battling some sort of virus and was sent home by the team doctor. Stefen Romero banged his shoulder into the outfield fence the other day and manager Roy Howell wanted to give him a day or two to recuperate – Romero might return to action tonight.

Here are your updated Tacoma win trends: the team has won two in a row, seven of the last nine, 21-of-31, and is 44-24 over the last 68 games.

Friday’s game starts at 7:05 PM – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show begins at 6:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts LHP James Gillheeney (3-9, 5.98) against Omaha RHP Liam Hendricks (3-1, 3.67).

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The last Friday Night Fireworks of the season go off tonight – we’re expecting a packed house!

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