Rainiers Beat Heat And River Cats

Tacoma took down Sacramento on Sunday afternoon, 8-1, in a game played in sweltering heat at Raley Field.

A five-run third inning gave Tacoma control of the game. The Rainiers were up 8-1 in the fourth and coasted to the win.

It was the hottest temperature the team has played in this season, and the guys might as well get used to it: it’s supposed to be even hotter today, although at least it’s a night game. There are some approaching dates on the schedule that promise to be real cookers, like the Fourth of July in Fresno, and an end-of-July run through El Paso and Las Vegas.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Pat Kivlehan hit a two-run homer in the second inning before the Rainiers scored five runs in the third and cruised to an 8-1 win at Sacramento, ending the River Cats five-game win streak.

Today: Tacoma (26-32) at Sacramento (28-30), 7:05.

Opponent Affiliation: San Francisco Giants.

Season Series: Sacramento leads, 4-2.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Sam Gaviglio (5-4, 4.31) at LHP Ty Blach (5-5, 3.63)

Hot Rainiers: Franklin Gutierrez had two hits yesterday, and his hitting streak has reached 14 games – he’s 20-for-54 during the streak, which is a .370 batting average. Shawn O’Malley has a six-game streak going 9-for-26 with two homers and eight RBI. James Jones has drawn nine walks in his last nine games. Reliever Logan Bawcom has allowed just one run in his last 16 innings pitched.

Look Out For: Sacramento part-time catcher Trevor Brown hit the go-ahead three-run double Saturday night, and he now has a six game hitting streak during which he has gone 10-for-22. Brown did not play Sunday.

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.

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