Omaha Hands Tacoma Memorable Loss

Omaha gave the Rainiers something to remember on Memorial Day, stunning Tacoma with five runs in the eighth to win 8-5.

This one felt like a Tacoma win. The Rainiers built the lead when Jesus Montero hit a two-out, two-run double in the third inning. Tacoma took a 5-2 lead into the seventh inning stretch.

Omaha scored one run in the bottom of the seventh, but Tony Zych got a big double play grounder to escape a jam.

Mayckol Guaipe was summoned for the eighth, and he’s had an excellent season so far. Here’s what happened:

  • Batter grounds out.
  • Rainiers drop a routine pop fly, batter reaches first.
  • Dusty Coleman hits his second career Triple-A home run, 5-5 tie.
  • Batter reaches on infield single off glove of diving third baseman.
  • Rey Fuentes lines two-run homer to right field, Omaha leads 7-5

Omaha added another run, and the Rainiers lost their fourth in a row and dropped a season-worst nine games under .500

Here are some bad stats that can’t continue (Right? They can’t possibly continue): during the four-game losing streak, Tacoma has allowed 38 runs on 60 hits. That’s 9.5 runs and 15 hits per game. Yikes.

Hopefully things will turn around tonight. Omaha is the two-time defending Triple-A Champion, but they are only 22-23 this year.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Omaha stunned Tacoma, overcoming a 5-3 deficit in the bottom of the eighth when Dusty Coleman and Rey Fuentes each hit two-run homers in the inning. Neither player is a power hitter.

Roster Move: Seattle activated Austin Jackson from the disabled list and optioned reliever Danny Farquhar to Tacoma.

Today: Tacoma (18-27) at Omaha (22-23), 4:35 (Pacific).

Opponent Affiliation: Omaha is the Kansas City Royals affiliate.

Season Series: Omaha leads, 1-0.

Starting Pitchers: LHP Mike Montgomery (3-4, 3.83) at RHP Aaron Brooks (3-3, 3.76)

Montgomery has been sick this week; we hope he is recovered enough to give the Rainiers a much-needed start of decent length. Brooks went 12-3, 3.88 for Omaha last year, then he tossed a complete game shutout in Game Five of the PCL Championship Series against Reno.

Injury Update: Stefen Romero has missed three straight games with a hip flexor; he’s listed as day-to-day. Also, reliever Edgar Olmos is away from the team for the birth of his child; he’ll come back as soon as possible.

Hot Rainiers: Pat Kivlehan is 6-for-15 with two homers in his last four games. Speedy Leon Landry has hit safely in six straight and is walking at a good clip. Franklin Gutierrez is 6-for-12 over his last three games.

Look Out For: Rey Fuentes hit the game-winning homer yesterday; he’s 8-for-16 over his last four games. And while he didn’t play yesterday, catcher Francisco Pena (Tony’s kid) hit 27 homers for the PCL champions last year, but he’s off to a slow start in 2015. That being said, he has hit safely in four straight games and ripped his second HR of the season against Reno on Friday.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 4:20 (Pacific) on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.

PCL Scoreboard: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.

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Looks like we’ll be dodging rain showers in Omaha tonight. This is no place for a rainout – let’s get ’em in.

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