Rainiers Look For Home Cooking

Tacoma looks to turn things around at home after a tough Midwest road trip that saw the club go 2-6. The team went 1-3 in both Iowa and Omaha.

At least Iowa had the decency to throttle us. Omaha swiped two games with late rallies, including a 6-5 ten-inning game on Thursday in which Tacoma took a 5-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth.

The club hopes to get back on the right side with an eight-game homestand starting tonight against Round Rock and New Orleans.

Tacoma plays without manager Pat Listach tonight and tomorrow. He’s attending his son’s high school graduation, so hitting coach Cory Snyder will manage the game. By the way, Pat’s kid Blaine is the top prep high-jumper in the country and is going to Baylor next year.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Omaha stunned the Rainiers, scoring twice in the bottom of the ninth to tie and then winning the game in the tenth on an RBI single by Lane Adams. It was a tense game – read the details in the story (first link below).

That Happened: Shawn O’Malley hit two triples last night. Two triples in one game is quite rare – and three is the PCL record. It’s only been done nine known times in 113 years of PCL baseball.

Today: Round Rock (30-16) at Tacoma (19-29), 7:05.

Opponent Affiliation: Round Rock is the Texas Rangers affiliate.

Season Series: First game tonight.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Jerad Eickhoff (4-2, 5.15) at RHP Sam Gaviglio (3-4, 5.63)

Injury Update: Stefen Romero has missed six straight games with a hip flexor; he’s listed as day-to-day. Also, reliever Edgar Olmos has been away from the team for the birth of his child; I heard he may rejoin the club today.

Hot Rainiers: Pat Kivlehan has hit safely in seven straight games – he’s 10-for-27 with two homers during the streak. Franklin Gutierrez is 10-for-22 over his last six games. Reliever Logan Bawcom has allowed just one run in his last 12.1 innings pitched.

Look Out For: Tyler Pastornicky, Jake Smolinski, and Ryan Strausborger are all red-hot for Round Rock. Really, we should look out for the Express as a whole: they lead their division, and they are 12-4 over their last 16 games.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 6:50 (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.

Links:

  • Here’s the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune, and the story from the Omaha newspaper covers the walk-off hit.
  • The Mariners ran into strikeout machine Corey Kluber and lost to Cleveland, 5-3.
  • There is encouraging news about Hisashi Iwakuma in Bob Dutton’s Christian Caple’s Mariners Notebook.
  • In the PCL, Tacoma wasn’t the only team to get walked off. Joe Sclafani had the game-winner for Fresno in the 11th inning of a 5-4 win over Memphis.
  • Iowa walked off Reno even more dramatically, when Matt Szczur launched a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Aces, 3-2.
  • So Corey Seager is a little hot right now. Kyle’s bro went 6-for-6 with two doubles, a homer, and six RBI in Oklahoma City’s 14-11 win at Salt Lake yesterday. Salt Lake’s Andrew Heaney is waiting for the call to the show.
  • Round Rock’s starter got scratched but they still knocked off El Paso, 5-3. Jake Smolinski hit a three-run homer.
  • Nashville topped Sacramento 3-2 and completed a four-game road sweep, and the River Cats have lost nine in a row. Sacramento is feeling the on-field results of the affiliation change – I wonder if nine in a row is a franchise record?
  • Kyle Parker had the big hit as Albuquerque rallied in the ninth to win at New Orleans, 4-2.
  • Colorado Springs outfielder Shane Peterson homered twice in a 8-3 win at Las Vegas.

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