Ninth Inning Rally Ends Streak

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.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

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.

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Let’s see if the Rainiers can make it two in a row.

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