Tacoma snapped a 3-3 tie by manufacturing a run in the ninth inning and ended a four-game losing streak with a 4-3 win at Omaha on Tuesday night.
Tacoma was up 3-0 in the middle of the sixth, because of a two-out, two-run triple by James Jones in the fifth and a two-out, RBI double by Pat Kivlehan in the sixth.
Two-time defending PCL champion Omaha scored twice in the sixth, but Tacoma starter Mike Montgomery finished the inning and left with a 3-2 lead (it was a valiant start by Montgomery, who has been sick – see the first link below).
Omaha literally stole a run against the unaware Rainiers in the seventh, tying the game. But Tacoma had a rally left.
Leon Landry led off the ninth with a single, and Kivlehan followed with a single of his own. John Hicks bunted the runners up, and Carlos Rivero delivered with a sac fly on a 3-1 count to drive in Landry.
Dom Leone survived a two-out threat in the bottom of the inning, getting the last out to secure the win.
It all added up to a much-needed win for the Rainiers.
Yesterday: The Rainiers manufactured a run in the ninth inning and topped Omaha, 4-3, ending a four-game losing streak.
Roster Move: In order to make room for Danny Farquhar on the Tacoma roster, pitcher Andrew Kittredge was transferred to Double-A Jackson prior to last night’s game.
Today: Tacoma (19-27) at Omaha (22-24), 4:35 (Pacific).
Opponent Affiliation: Omaha is the Kansas City Royals affiliate.
Season Series: Tied, 1-1.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Stephen Landazuri (0-0, 10.57) at LHP John Lamb (4-1, 3.55)
Injury Update: Stefen Romero has missed four 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 8-for-19 with two homers in his last five games. Speedy Leon Landry has hit safely in seven straight and started the game-winning rally in the ninth yesterday. Franklin Gutierrez is 7-for-14 over his last four games, but he left Tuesday’s game with dizziness.
Look Out For: Rey Fuentes went 3-for-4 yesterday after hitting the game-winning homer on Monday; he’s 11-for-20 over his last five games. And while he hasn’t played yet in this series, 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.
Local Guy: Rainier Beach HS and Green River CC product Matt Fields went 2-for-3 with a double yesterday for Omaha.
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.
- The Rainiers game story has reaction from Leon Landry and manager Pat Listach. The article from the Omaha newspaper describes the longest single in Werner Park history, which was hit by Brett Eibner last night.
- The Mariners survived a wild ride in Tampa on Tuesday night, earning a 7-6 win. Kyle Seager homered twice, including a grand slam. They play an early game today.
- In Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook, we learn that Danny Hultzen is on the disabled list at Double-A Jackson. Don’t be surprised if he doesn’t pitch again until after the all-star break.
- In this notes column, Ryan Divish details an excellent defensive play Brad Miller made in left field to save a run on Monday.
- Today is the 24th anniversary of the most famous play in PCL history. Tim Hagerty has the story on the camera man who was lucky to get the famed video.
- In the PCL, Barry Zito returned to Raley Field and pitched six shutout innings in Nashville’s 3-0 win over Sacramento. The River Cats have lost seven in a row.
- Carlos Correa doubled and homered in Fresno’s 5-2 win over Memphis. Fresno first baseman Jon Singleton leads the minors in home runs and RBI, but he’s currently battling a sore ankle.
- Reno got rained out at Iowa, and they’ll play two today.
- The Salt Lake Bees’ bullpen includes graduates of Stanford and Harvard – making for an unlikely mix << good story alert! Salt Lake got hammered by Corey Seager and Oklahoma City last night, 11-5.
- Top prospect Steven Matz delivered seven scoreless innings as Las Vegas smoked Colorado Springs, 9-1. Matz is 6-2 with a 1.99 ERA.
- A day after the field was flooded, Round Rock split a doubleheader with visiting El Paso.
- New Orleans shut out Albuquerque in both games of a doubleheader. The Topes haven’t scored a run in 22 innings.
- Over in the International League, Durham’s Corey Brown hit the bull and won a free steak. Video.
Let’s see if the Rainiers can make it two in a row.