River Cats Pull Away Late

Tacoma let a close game get away late last night in the opening game of the 12-game homestand.

The Rainiers trailed 5-3 in the top of the eighth inning when Sacramento loaded the bases with nobody out. Rainiers reliever Logan Kensing entered the game and struck out Trevor Brown, so now a double play gets Tacoma out of the jam.

Kensing got Kevin Frandsen to hit a grounder to shortstop – perhaps too slowly for a double play, but it certainly should have been at least one out. However, the ball bounced right through Ketel Marte‘s legs for a two-run error, the floodgates opened, Sacramento kept scoring, and that was all she wrote.

Tacoma looks to even the series with a win on Friday Fireworks Night. First pitch is set for 7:05.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: A close game got away in the late innings and turned into an unexpected blowout. Sacramento led 5-3 going to the eighth and ended up winning, 11-3. Brandon Hicks had three hits and three RBI for the River Cats.

Roster Moves: All of those moves I listed off yesterday resulted in Tacoma still having just ten position players, so utility infielder Rafael Fernandez was added from Everett to provide some depth.

Today: Sacramento (40-52) at Tacoma (44-48), 7:05.

Opponent Affiliation: San Francisco Giants.

Season Series: Sacramento leads, 5-4.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Chris Stratton (0-2, 2.23) at LHP Roenis Elias (2-0, 8.14)

Hot Rainiers: Leon Landry had two hits last night, he also hit a leadoff home run in each of the final two games before the all-star break. Stefen Romero had a pair of hits last night and has 12 hits in his past nine games.

Look Out For: PCL All-Star Adam Duvall did not play yesterday. He leads the league in home runs with 20 – he had a three-homer game against Fresno on Saturday at Raley Field.

I Know You: Sacramento has former Rainiers Carlos Triunfel, Xavier Avery, Darren Ford and Clay Rapada on the roster. Longtime Tacoma pitching coach Dwight Bernard is now with Sacramento.

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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