Blash Blast Gives Rainiers Win In Thriller

We had some late-game dramatics last night, as Tacoma beat Fresno 8-7.

First, we got to see highly regarded pitching prospect Mark Appel work for Fresno, and he was very solid. Sitting in the mid-90s with his fastball, Appel limited Tacoma to one run in  over six innings.

Tacoma trailed 5-2 going to the bottom of the eighth inning, when the bats came to life and Tacoma scored five runs. Leury Bonilla had an RBI single, Ketel Marte a two-run single to tie the game, and Jesus Montero a go-ahead two-run double.

The lead was short-lived. Fresno rallied to score two runs in the top of the ninth inning, making it 7-7. A sac fly by Nolan Fontana evened the score.

Jabari Blash led off the bottom of the ninth inning against Fresno’s all-star reliever Tyson Perez.

Blash had a really good at-bat, laying off breaking balls down low and working a full count.

On the eighth pitch of the at-bat, Blash lifted a deep fly to left field just did have enough to carry over the wall for a game-ending home run.

It was a dramatic finish to a thrilling game, and the Rainiers got a needed win.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Jabari Blash led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a homer to left, capping a wild finish that gave Tacoma an 8-7 win over visiting Fresno.

Today: Fresno (58-43) at Tacoma (47-54), 1:35.

Opponent Affiliation: Houston Astros.

Season Series: Tacoma leads, 8-6.

Starting Pitchers: LHP Brett Oberholtzer (3-2, 4.56) at RHP Jordan Pries (4-3, 5.43).

Hot Rainiers: Jesus Montero had three hits and four RBI last night – he’s 8-for-20 since returning from Seattle. Jabari Blash has three homers and nine RBI in ten games since being promoted from Jackson.

Look Out For: Tyler White has a 12-game hitting streak. Joe Sclafani has hit safely in nine straight games for Fresno, with a pair of three-hit games during the streak. Matt Duffy has reached base safely in 22 straight games; he’s also homered twice during a seven-game hitting streak.

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, which means that Bob Robertson will join me in the broadcast booth.

PCL Scoreboard: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.

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The 12-game homestand is winding down – it ends with an early 11:35 AM game on Monday.

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