Rainiers Look To Gain Series Split Tonight

Tacoma dropped a dramatic 2-1 decision in Oklahoma City on Monday night, and now the team needs a win tonight in order to leave town with a split of the series.

Yesterday’s game was 0-0 until Oklahoma City scored a run in the bottom of the eighth inning.

In the top of the ninth, Justin Ruggiano was called out on a close and controversial stolen base attempt – everyone with the Rainiers thought he was safe.

After that, Tacoma was down to its last strike when Jabari Blash lined a homer over the center field fence to tie the game.

That just set up the scene for the Dodgers, who won in the bottom of the ninth on Darnell Sweeney‘s two-out, two-strike RBI single to right field.

Tacoma needs to find the bat bag. The Rainiers have scored just four runs on 12 hits over the first three games of the Oklahoma City series. Two of the runs have come on solo homers by Blash.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Oklahoma City walked off the Rainiers on Darnell Sweeney‘s two-out RBI single. Tacoma needs a win today to get out of town with a series split.

Roster Moves: Yesterday the Mariners called up Edgar Olmos, and optioned Rob Rasmussen to Tacoma.

Today: Tacoma (57-66) at Oklahoma City (74-48), 5:05 (Pacific).

Opponent Affiliation: Los Angeles Dodgers.

Season Series: Oklahoma City leads, 2-1.

Starting Pitchers: LHP Roenis Elias (3-2, 7.95) at RHP Zach Lee (9-4, 2.45).

Lee is a former first round draft pick who the Dodgers paid big money to pry away from playing quarterback at LSU. He hasn’t lived up to the hype until this year: he’s been Oklahoma City’s ace and has put himself back on the map in the Dodgers system.

Hot Rainiers: Jabari Blash has homered twice in this series, going 3-for-10 at the plate. Both homers have come in clutch situations… Tony Zilch Zych has pitched a scoreless outing in 16 of his last 17 relief appearances.

Look Out For: Corey Seager is 5-for-8 over the last two games… Jose Tabata is 9-for-18 during a five-game hitting streak.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 4:50 (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:

  • The Rainiers game story details the end-game dramatics.
  • Like the Rainiers, the Mariners lost on a walk-off last night.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook leads with the call-up of Edgar Olmos.
  • Ken Rosenthal’s notes column has some rumors of interest to Mariners fans.
  • In the PCL, Las Vegas got a much-needed 5-4, 12-inning win over Iowa thanks to some heroics from Danny Muno.
  • El Paso remained 1.5 games behind Vegas in the Pac-South by beating Nashville, 5-1. Jason Lane had a strong start.
  • Salt Lake’s Grant Green hit a walk-off homer for an 11-10 win over visiting Omaha.
  • Apparently Fresno is never going to lose again. Tyler White drove in six runs and the Grizzlies crushed New Orleans, 10-4. They have won 15 of their last 16 games.
  • Sacramento is also on a tear. The River Cats won their eighth in a row – this one an 11-0 whitewashing of Round Rock.
  • Angelys Nina was the star again as Albuquerque beat Memphis in the 11th inning, 4-2.
  • Reno swept a doubleheader at Colorado Springs.

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