Bullpen Stumbles In Loss

Sacramento reversed the game in the late innings and won the opener of the series last night, 9-4.

Tacoma led 4-0 after six innings. Edgar Olmos delivered five no-hit (but kind of wild) innings to start the game, Ramon Flores and Justin Ruggiano homered, and everything felt great.

Forrest Snow pitched a scoreless sixth inning, but in the seventh he walked two and gave up a three-run dong to Darren Ford.

Tacoma brought in Tony Zych after the homer, and he got two quick outs to end the seventh. But in the eighth, Sacramento tied the game and then had three consecutive two-out RBI hits to take a 7-4 lead.

Zych had not allowed a run in 15 straight appearances, dating back to June 21. But last night he got hit with four of ’em.

Sacramento added two more runs in the ninth against new reliever Jose Ramirez. An error and a two-run homer by Kevin Frandsen did the trick. Ramirez definitely has a live arm, but he’s allowed two home runs in his first three games with Tacoma.

We’ll see if Tacoma can even-up the series in the early game today.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Tacoma’s 4-0 lead after six innings did not hold up, as Sacramento scored nine runs over the final three innings and took the game, 9-4.

Today: Sacramento (54-63) at Tacoma (56-61), 11:35 AM.

Opponent Affiliation: San Francisco Giants.

Season Series: Sacramento leads, 8-5.

Starting Pitchers: LHP Ty Blach (9-10, 4.51) at RHP Jordan Pries (7-3, 5.14).

Hot Rainiers: Ramon Flores continues to produce. He went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer, a walk, and two runs scored last night. He has reached base in all 11 games played for Tacoma.

Look Out For: Darren Ford has homered in back-to-back games, and he has three HRs and nine RBI in his last five games – not exactly the numbers you associate with a speedy leadoff guy.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 11:20 (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:

  • In the Rainiers game story we learn that manager Pat Listach was not pleased with all of the walks the team issued last night.
  • The Mariners beat Baltimore in the tenth inning on Austin Jackson‘s game-winning single. Not sure if it means anything, but Seattle is 7-4 since Ketel Marte and Jesus Montero were called up.
  • In Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook he writes that Mark Trumbo was hoping for a power breakout. This was before the game, and he hit a three-run homer in the first inning.
  • Oh boy. Settle in, because Mike Hessman and Buzz Arlett got the Joe Posnanski treatment.
  • In the PCL, Fresno got back in the win column with a 5-4 win at Albuquerque. The Tacos Grizzlies have won nine of their last ten games.
  • Aaron Blair and Reno shut out Salt Lake, 3-0. This game was in Reno. Blair is now 5-1, 3.38 since coming up from Double-A while pitching half of his games in a launching pad. If I knew anything about fantasy baseball I would type Fantasy Alert! right here.
  • El Paso won the first game of a (possibly?) important showdown with first-place Las Vegas in ten innings, 9-8. The Chee-Wahs pulled within 4.5 games of first place. Vegas has been in first place all year, but if the Chihuahuas win this series it will turn the Pac-South into a race.
  • Visiting Nashville topped Iowa, 3-2, on Jake Smolinski‘s go-ahead home run. Adron Chambers is trying to guide the I-Cubs through the stretch run.
  • Omaha got shut out at home by Memphis, 5-0, and the two-time defending PCL champions have picked a really bad time to go into a five-game losing streak.
  • Colorado Springs got a huge three-run homer from Luis Sardinas to beat Round Rock, 7-5.
  • Oklahoma City starter Joe Wieland delivered seven scoreless in a 9-0 win at New Orleans.

Off to the ballpark!

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