Tacoma dropped its third straight to Sacramento on Thursday night, 5-3.
For the first three innings, Roenis Elias was back in top form. He faced the minimum number of hitters while getting weak ground balls in the infield.
But the top of the fourth went a different way: four of the first five hitters had hits, resulting in three runs for Sacramento. It all started with a bunt single by Darren Ford, but Mac Williamson‘s long two-run double was the big hit.
Elias then walked the leadoff man in each of the next two innings, leading to two more runs. All told, he pitched 5+ innings and allowed five runs (four earned). It was better than his recent starts, but not as good as we know he can be.
Tacoma is in danger of being swept by Sacramento – a team which has really had the Rainiers number this year. Back when the Giants were in Fresno, the Rainiers put annual beatings on ’em. But in the first year of the Giants affiliation with Sacramento, the River Cats are 10-5 against Tacoma.
Yesterday: Sacramento took a 5-0 lead in the top of the fifth, and held on for a 5-3 win. Tacoma scored three in the bottom of the fifth, and put the tying runners on base with one out in both the seventh and ninth innings but could not tie it up. Sacramento reliever Cody Hall was particularly effective, escaping an inherited jam in the seventh and working around an error in a scoreless eighth.
Today: Sacramento (56-63) at Tacoma (56-63), 7:05.
Opponent Affiliation: San Francisco Giants.
Season Series: Sacramento leads, 10-5.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Tommy Hanson (0-5, 8.90) at RHP Adrian Sampson (1-1, 4.50).
Hot Rainiers: Getting repetitive here, but Ramon Flores and Chris Taylor each reached base three more times last night. Flores has reached base in all 13 games with Tacoma, posting a .550 OBP. Taylor has batted .420 (21-for-50) since being optioned to Tacoma, and he has drawn 11 walks in his last eight games.
Look Out For: Mac Williamson has had a good series for Sacramento, going 5-for-10 with three doubles and three RBI.
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.
- We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
- A Rainiers player – outfielder Ramon Flores – made Baseball America’s Prospect Hot Sheet.
- The Mariners were off yesterday, but Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook reports that Nelson Cruz thinks he can get even better.
- Fresno just ain’t losing right now. The Grizzlies creamed Albuquerque, 10-4, as Matt Duffy had three hits, a homer, and four RBIs. Fresno is 11-1 over the last 12 games.
- El Paso walked off Las Vegas, 5-4, on a two-out RBI single by Hector Gomez in the bottom of the ninth. El Paso pulled within 4.5 games of first place Vegas and has a chance to win the series and make a big move in the standings with a win tonight.
- Reno out-scored Salt Lake, 13-8, in a game that featured 30 hits and ten walks.
- Colorado Springs and Round Rock survived their back-to-back doubleheaders. Part two was a split, and the Express won three of the four DH games.
- The Butler – AKA Cheslor Cuthbert – hit a game-winning home run for the second day in a row for Omaha.
- Iowa lost at home to Nashville, 8-4. Jake Smolinski had a big game for the Sounds. That Bens Biz guy took a tour of the new ballpark in Nashville.
- Zach Lee pitched well and Oklahoma City edged New Orleans, 2-1.
Not sure how much of a blog we’ll have tomorrow – it’s our last brutal travel day of the year! I promise at least a round-up. It’s an eight-game road trip to Oklahoma City and Colorado Springs.