Tacoma ended its six-game losing streak with a ten inning, 6-5 win over Sacramento in front of a large crowd on Saturday night.
The Rainiers loaded the bases in the bottom of the tenth inning, and Carlos Rivero drove in Stefen Romero with a sacrifice fly to center field to score the winning run.
It was a much-needed victory for the Rainiers, who started the losing streak immediately after finally getting over .500 for the first time since the team was three games into the season. The Rainiers are now four games under .500.
On Sunday the Rainiers will try to salvage a split of the Sacramento series.
Yesterday: Home runs by Jabari Blash and Stefen Romero helped Tacoma build a 5-2 lead, but the team needed extra innings before finally knocking off the River Cats in the tenth inning, 6-5.
Today: Sacramento (41-53) at Tacoma (45-49), 1:35.
Opponent Affiliation: San Francisco Giants.
Season Series: Sacramento leads, 6-5.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Clayton Blackburn (3-3, 4.07) at LHP James Gillheeney (1-0, 3.38)
Hot Rainiers: Jabari Blash has hit a three-run homer in back-to-back games; he is 3-for-11 with six RBI since returning to the Rainiers.
Look Out For: Tacoma held Ryan Lollis to two hits last night and he is now 9-for-16 in this series. PCL All-Star Adam Duvall has hit safely in six straight games, going 11-for-25 with five home runs (he leads the league with 21 dingers).
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 1:20 (Pacific) on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here. It’s a Sunday home game, so Bob Robertson joins me in the booth and calls the middle innings.
PCL Scoreboard: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.
- The Rainiers game story is a blow-by-blow of how Tacoma knocked off Sacramento last night. The Sacramento paper has a feature on River Cats reliever Brett Bochy.
- My weekly Minor League Notebook for The News Tribune looks at Double-A prospects D.J. Peterson and Ian Miller.
- Patrick Kivlehan homered for Team USA in a 6-5 semifinal win over Cubs in the Pan Am Games yesterday. Team USA plays for the gold medal today at 4:00. Kivlehan should rejoin the Rainiers early this week.
- The Mariners beat the Yankees 4-3 on Saturday as Robinson Cano homered twice in his old ballpark. Carson Smith nailed down a treacherous save.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook has many Mariners-related facts presented in notebook form.
- Larry Stone weighed in on the subject John McGrath raised earlier in the week: will the Mariners have change at the top?
- McGrath amusingly opined on the practice of the conference on the mound. I agree with one thing: any time a coach visits the mound mid-batter in a minor league game, the next pitch will be a fastball. Guaranteed. Also, Mac has his weekly MLB Power Rankings with comments on each team.
- The New York media caught up with Jesus Montero.
- For some big-picture business-of-MLB stuff, Ryan Divish recaps all-star break press conferences with the Commissioner and the head of the players association.
- Torii Hunter turned 40 yesterday and a writer asked him about Satchel Paige‘s Six Rules For Staying Young.
- In the PCL, Albuquerque ended Las Vegas’s eight-game win streak with a walk-off win. Jeremy Barfield had a wild ride to reach Albuquerque <- read this one.
- Salt Lake edged Reno 6-4 in front of a big crowd. Rainiers fans: we need the Angels to call up Efren Navarro before Salt Lake gets here tomorrow.
- I don’t believe a word of it, but reports from qualified news organizations say that Fresno’s *home* game against El Paso was rained out. If all this checks out – and it sounds preposterous to me – they’ll play two today.
- Iowa hammered Memphis, 10-4, as Matt Szczur homered twice and a kid who was just signed unexpectedly made his pro debut in Triple-A. Iowa shortstop prospect Javier Baez is going to be out of the lineup for a while longer.
- Nashville’s Niuman Romero had his second straight weird walk-off: this time a bases loaded hit-by-pitch to force in the winning run in a 4-3 victory over Omaha. The good ol’ walk-off hit-by-pitch.
- Oklahoma City Dodgers pitching prospect Zach Lee can’t shake the football bug and this makes LSU football fans giddy with excitement. Or at least LSU football writers are giddy for content. I’ll never understand SEC football. Lee’s Dodgers scored nine runs in one inning and beat Round Rock, 11-5.
- Colorado Springs starter Hiram Burgos combined with three relievers to shut out New Orleans, 2-0.
- If you are a wine connoisseur you may be amused by this tasting of seven Major League Baseball stadium wines. Warning: Mariners Wine is included.