Kivlehan’s Shot Holds Up

Excellent pitching and a three-run homer were all the Rainiers needed to end a tough stretch of baseball with a 3-2 win over Salt Lake on Wednesday night.

Roenis Elias, Logan Kensing, Edgar Olmos, and Danny Farquhar combined to limit Salt Lake to just two runs. Elias pitched into the seventh and had his second straight quality start for Tacoma, and Olmos was particularly impressive while striking out the first four batters he faced.

Offensively Tacoma used the Earl Weaver Special: a three-run homer by Patrick Kivlehan with two outs in the fifth inning was the entirety of the Rainiers offense, and it was all they needed.

The Rainiers can gain a split of the Salt Lake series with a win tonight. The first-place Fresno Grizzlies come to town tomorrow.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Tacoma had terrific pitching – most notably from Roenis Elias and Edgar Olmos – and beat Salt Lake, 3-2.

Today: Salt Lake (40-58) at Tacoma (46-52), 7:05.

Opponent Affiliation: Los Angeles Angels.

Season Series: Salt Lake leads, 7-4.

Starting Pitchers: LHP Adam Wilk (3-7, 5.80) at RHP Chien-Ming Wang (0-1, 4.50).

Hot Rainiers: Stefen Romero went 2-for-5 on Tuesday and has eight hits in his last four games. Justin Ruggiano has reached base via hit or walk in ten straight games.

Look Out For: Kaleb Cowart is 12-for-25 with 10 RBI in seven games since the all-star break. Ryan Jackson has an eight-game hitting streak. Jett Bandy has nine RBIs in his last eight 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:

  • The Rainiers game story has remarks from Patrick Kivlehan and Pat Listach.
  • Nelson Cruz homered twice but the Mariners lost to Detroit on Wednesday, 9-4.
  • Ryan Divish talked to Mike Zunino about his trouble at the plate and then today had some follow-up remarks which includes some trade possibilities that got shot down.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook includes an item on a new minor league reliever the team has acquired.
  • If you are a fan of hip hop and baseball, this might just be the greatest thing to ever appear on the internet.
  • In the PCL, Fresno pounded Las Vegas 12-4 as Joe Sclafani had a big game.
  • Reno sluggers Jamie Romak and Peter O’Brien each homered in an 8-4 win over Albuquerque.
  • The Chihuahuas devoured the River Cats, 15-2. Somebody should have called Animal Control.
  • Omaha won its third straight game against first-place Oklahoma City and pulled within seven games of first.
  • New Orleans has lost ten straight home games. That’ll rile up the fanbase.
  • Ross Wolf and Round Rock shut out Iowa, 4-0.
  • Colorado Springs walked off Nashville on Nevin Ashley‘s hit (not sure if he’s met Reno’s manager yet). The paper has a story on Nashville’s Barry Zito. A local columnist says the Sky Sox may be “liberated” from the Rockies, but they still aren’t winning.

Hey, it’s Thirsty Thursday!

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