Rainiers Win With Stunning Comeback

When we went to the bottom of the ninth inning on Friday night, the only story line I could come up with for the broadcast was “let’s see if Ramon Flores can get his fifth hit.”

The Rainiers were trailing 6-1 in the ninth inning, and had appeared dead in the water since Reno scored four runs in the top of the first. On top of that, the team had made several mental mistakes during the game. There was no question about it: this game was going straight into the loss column.

After the first batter flied out, Flores slapped a single into center for his fifth hit of the game, and I thought – like many others in the sellout crowd, I’m sure – OK, that’s cool, now let’s get to the fireworks show.

The Rainiers had different plans.

Chris Taylor drew a walk, and Stefen Romero doubled into the alley to score Flores and make it 6-2. But Reno brought in Enrique Burgos to close the game, and he got Justin Ruggiano to hit a fly ball for the second out of the inning. All done, right?

Two batters later, we were all tied up.

Patrick Kivlehan lined a two-run single to center field, and Jabari Blash launched a game-tying two-run homer to left.

Five runs scored in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the rally didn’t start until there was one out. Four of the runs scored with two outs.

The Rainiers went on to win in the bottom of the tenth, when Burgos lost his command and walked Ruggiano on a full-count pitch with the bases loaded and two outs. Tacoma wins, 7-6.

It was a truly remarkable finish to what had been – up until the ninth – a poor performance by the hometown nine.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: In a stunning comeback, Tacoma scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie, and then won the game in the bottom of the tenth, 7-6.

Today: Reno (54-59) at Tacoma (55-59), 7:05.

Opponent Affiliation: Arizona Diamondbacks.

Season Series: Reno leads, 8-6.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Jhoulys Chacin (4-3, 3.34) at RHP Adrian Sampson (1-0, 3.38).

The recently acquired Sampson will pitch in his home state for the first time in his professional career.

Hot Rainiers: Jabari Blash is at it again, with three home runs in the last two days. Ramon Flores went 5-for-5 yesterday and has been an on-base machine since being acquired at the deadline. Stefen Romero has had multiple hits in five of his last eight games.

Look Out For: Jamie Romak has hit five home runs and has 16 RBI in 14 games against Tacoma this season Hey, he got called up today! Todd Glaesman is batting .347 with six HRs and 12 RBI in 49 at-bats against Tacoma – he’s hitting .261-5-13 in 138 ABs against the rest of the PCL. Nick Evans has a ten-game hitting streak.

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:

  • There was no Rainiers game story on The News Tribune’s website today😦
  • The Mariners used home runs to score a 4-3 comeback win over Texas last night, and the team has won four of the last five games.
  • In Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook, we learn that Charlie Furbush will join Tacoma on a rehab assignment this week.
  • Jamie Moyer is being elected into the Mariners Hall of Fame today, and Larry Stone has a column.
  • USS Mariner’s marc w returned from vacation and posted a game preview (for yesterday) which includes some interesting thoughts on Ketel Marte.
  • Popular former Rainiers star Matt Tuiasosopo had a three home run game for Charlotte in the International League yesterday. His family happened to be on hand and saw it in person.
  • The Phillies called up Adam Loewen – as a pitcher. He started his career as a pitcher and made it to the big leagues, injured his arm, switched to outfield and made it as an outfielder, and now has returned as a pitcher at age 31. Crazy – here’s a story on him.
  • In the PCL, Fresno shook off the aftereffects of the highly successful Tacos Night and shut out the River Cats, 2-0. Brett Oberholtzer pitched into the seventh as Fresno won for the seventh time in a row.
  • Albuquerque’s Rafael Ynoa drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 12th inning and the Isotopes edged El Paso, 3-2.
  • Las Vegas at Salt Lake got rained out – they are playing two today.
  • New Orleans survived a marathon, beating Round Rock 3-2 on a walk-off wild pitch in the bottom of the 16th inning.
  • Dallas Beeler? More like Dealing Beeler. The lefty tossed seven shutout innings of two-hit ball for Iowa in a 4-0 win over Omaha.
  • Oklahoma City is trending the wrong direction again, losing its fourth in a row (including three straight to last-place Colorado Springs).
  • Nashville lost to Memphis 7-4, but the Sounds drew the 16th sellout crowd of the season in their new ballpark.

It’s Cougars Night at Cheney tonight, but unfortunately Bob Robertson isn’t able to attend. His plans changed – he’s here, and he’ll be on the air tomorrow.

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