Rainiers Power To Victory

Tacoma launched four home runs and grabbed a 9-7 win at Fresno on Friday night.

Justin Smoak hit a three-run shot in the first inning, Stefen Romero a game-tying two-run blast in the seventh, Leury Bonilla the go-ahead solo dinger in the eighth, and Corey Hart added an insurance run with a tater in the ninth.

The win was Tacoma’s 73rd of the season, with assures the club of an over-.500 record in Roy Howell‘s first year as manager.

Tacoma’s bullpen was outstanding, as Logan Bawcom pitched two scoreless innings and earned the win. Blake Beavan got a big double play grounder to end the eighth inning with a one-run lead, and Todd Coffey worked the ninth to earn his 11th save.

The five-game series here in Fresno is tied, 1-1. Three games remain in the 2014 season.

Saturday’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 RHP Taijuan Walker (6-3, 4.57) against Fresno RHP Austin Fleet (3-2, 4.17).

Links:

  • We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
  • Felix Hernandez had a rare rough start, allowing a career-high four homers in the Mariners 8-3 loss to Washington last night.
  • The entire recap of the Jesus Montero / Butch Baccala / ice cream sandwich situation can be found in Bob Dutton’s essential Mariners notebook
  • We have a change at the top of the division. Mike Jacobs homered twice and Reno won in Sacramento last night, 7-5. The Aces now lead the Pac-North by one game over Sacramento with three to play. Sacramento does hold the tiebreaker.
  • The American-North really tightened up last night, when Iowa’s Elliot Soto singled in the winning run in the 11th inning to give the Cubs a 5-4 win over Oklahoma City.
  • Oklahoma City’s lead is down to a half-game over Omaha, who was a 6-2 winner over Colorado Springs. Carlos Peguero hit his 30th homer.
  • Memphis trimmed its magic number to clinch the American-South down to one with an 11-6 win at New Orleans. Luis Mateo drove in five runs for the Redbirds.
  • Nashville stayed alive in their chase to catch Memphis by downing Round Rock, 7-4. Round Rock may lead the league in attendance.
  • Salt Lake’s Luis Jimenez hit his 21st home run of the year in an 8-6 win at El Paso.
  • Carlos Triunfel hit a three-run homer during a five-run rally that gave Albuquerque a 9-6 win over Las Vegas.
  • Baseball America has a big story on the potential affiliation changes in the PCL. 

Go Bears! Errr… Go Rainiers!

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