The Rainiers split the final two games of the home portion of the schedule, winning the first game 6-5 before dropping the second to Nashville on Sunday evening, 8-4.
James Jones had a game-winning RBI single in the opener, and Jabari Blash hit two more homers in the nightcap.
The Rainiers finished the year with a 36-36 record in home games.
Kudos to you, the fans: Tacoma drew 352,521 fans this year – the second-highest total in franchise history, trailing only the 2011 season (which was the first in the new ballpark).
Now Tacoma plays the final eight games of the season, all on the road. It will be four games in Salt Lake City followed by four in Las Vegas to finish the year.
We’ll be watching to see who finishes the season strong, who gets called up when rosters expand, and possibly to see if the Rainiers can play spoiler in the Pacific-South division race.
It was a fun time at Cheney Stadium this year – I hope y’all enjoyed it.
Yesterday: The Rainiers split a day/night doubleheader with Nashville, and now the team hits the road for the final eight-game road trip.
Blash-O-Meter: Jabari Blash has hit nine homers in his last 15 games, and 13 in his last 22 games. He is hitting .286-19-40 in 43 games since coming back from Double-A.
Today: Tacoma (65-71) at Salt Lake (54-82), 6:05 (Pacific).
Opponent Affiliation: Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim.
Season Series: Salt Lake leads, 8-4.
This has been arguably the most disappointing season series for Tacoma. Salt Lake has been vying for worst record in the PCL all year, yet somehow they have managed to win eight of 12 against Tacoma.
Starting Pitchers: LHP Mike Montgomery (4-3, 3.74) at RHP Drew Rucinski (5-6, 5.68)
Hot Rainiers: Patrick Kivlehan has an eleven-game hitting streak, going 20-for-45 with five homers and seven doubles during the streak… Sean O’Malley is 11-for-20 over a five-game streak… Tony
Zilch Zych has pitched a scoreless outing in 21 of his last 22 relief appearances (including his brief stint at Double-A).
Look Out For: Rehabbers. Holy smokes, Salt Lake has a lot of them. Four, to be exact. Matt Joyce, Collin Cowgill, David Freese, and Taylor Featherston are all on rehabilitation assignments with the Bees right now. Presumably they will all be activated from the Angels disabled list when rosters expand on Tuesday.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 5:50 (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.
- The Rainiers game story includes positive news on James Jones and Jabari Blash.
- An error in the ninth inning cost the Mariners in a 6-5 loss to the White Sox on Sunday.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook includes good news on the Ketel Marte injury front.
- In the PCL, we’ve got drama in the Pacific-South! First place Las Vegas dropped the final game of their series in Round Rock, 5-3. Meanwhile, Casey Kelly pitched El Paso to a 4-2 win over Oklahoma City. El Paso is just 1.5 games behind Vegas, and they start a four-game series in Las Vegas tonight. The Chihuahuas had fantastic fan support again this season.
- Brett Eibner helped Omaha complete a four-game sweep of Fresno.
- Salt Lake hit a couple of home runs and won in New Orleans last night, 4-1. The Bees avoided being swept.
- Dallas Beeler and the Iowa Cubs bludgeoned Sacramento, 9-1, and the I-Cubs aren’t eliminated yet.
- The Albuquerque Isotopes said goodbye to their home fans with a ninth inning bullpen meltdown.
- Memphis held off Reno 6-4 as shortstop Aledmys Diaz made a big play in the ninth inning.
That’s it for today – travel day. Catch you on the other side in the SLC.