Tacoma lost Wednesday’s game in Omaha, 5-2, and is now 2-5 on the current eight-game road trip which ends tonight. Omaha hit a couple of two-run homers, including a big one in the eighth inning to break open a really tight game.
The good news is the Rainiers return home on Friday, starting an eight game homestand against Round Rock and New Orleans. The weather forecast is fantastic and it should be a fun time at Cheney Stadium this weekend and on into next week.
But there is one left in Omaha, and the Rainiers can still get a split of the Omaha series by bagging a win on Thursday.
Yesterday: Omaha’s Alex Rios and Brett Eibner each hit a two-run homer and the Storm Chasers downed Tacoma, 5-2.
Today: Tacoma (19-28) at Omaha (23-24), 4:35 (Pacific).
Opponent Affiliation: Omaha is the Kansas City Royals affiliate.
Season Series: Omaha leads, 2-1.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Justin Germano (3-2, 2.95) at RHP Andy Ferguson (1-1, 1.50)
Injury Update: Stefen Romero has missed five 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 9-for-23 with two homers in his last six games. Franklin Gutierrez is 8-for-17 over his last five games. Reliever Logan Bawcom has allowed just one run in his last 12.1 innings pitched.
Look Out For: Rey Fuentes went 2-for-4 yesterday and hit the game-winning homer on Monday; he’s 10-for-17 in the last four games (and 7-for-12 in this series against Tacoma).
Local Guy: Rainier Beach HS and Green River CC product Matt Fields did not play for Omaha Wednesday.
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.
- We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune. The story from the Omaha paper focuses on hot-hitting Rey Fuentes.
- The Mariners finished off their road trip with a 3-0 win at Tampa, completing a three-game series sweep. Nelson Cruz homered and Felix pitched a shutout.
- Felix’s curveball is back, Jeff Sullivan writes.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook continues to look at the Mariners upcoming roster situation.
- Larry Stone writes that it is time for the Mariners to change closers.
- In the PCL, Ehire Adrianza has been a hot hitter for Sacramento, but his River Cats lost their eighth in a row when a rehabbing Jake Peavey got hit hard by Nashville.
- Reno swept Iowa in a doubleheader and goes for a road series sweep today.
- Tim Cooney tossed a gem and Memphis won at Fresno, 6-1. Meanwhile, the Astros aren’t sure what to do with Fresno starter Brett Oberholtzer.
- Colorado Springs blasted the Las Vegas 51s, 11-1.
- Round Rock built a big lead and hung on for an 8-6 win over El Paso.
- After 27 scoreless innings, Albuquerque finally put some runs on the board but then lost to New Orleans in a pinch.
- In his first game back from the big leagues, C.J. Cron helped Salt Lake beat Oklahoma City, 6-2.
- Ex-Rainiers slugger Carlos Peguero was claimed off waivers by the Boston Red Sox and he’ll stay in the majors for now.
It’s the last game of the trip. The team flies home super-early on Friday morning and settles in for the eight-game homestand.