Bats Awaken In 10-5 Win

After hitting just .172 over the first five games of the current road trip, the Rainiers bats came alive on Thursday night.

Tacoma banged out 17 hits and scored in seven different innings. Everyone in the starting lineup had at least one hit, and eight of the nine starts had at least one RBI.

Patrick Kivlehan had three hits to snap an 0-for-17 slide. Patrick Brady‘s first Triple-A home run was among his three hits. Jabari Blash went deep yet again. Steve Baron, Stefen Romero, and Chris Taylor each had two hits.

Here’s an exclusive photo of Tacoma’s bats springing to life:

It turns out that the Rainiers bats had been sleeping in the Orient Mine cave south of Colorado Springs.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Tacoma banged out 17 hits and Chien-Ming Wang had another strong start in the Rainiers 10-5 win at Colorado Springs. Wang carried a shutout into the seventh inning before allowing three runs.

Roster Move: Prior to yesterday’s game, first baseman Ji-Man Choi was activated from the disabled list. There was an open space on the roster. Choi broke his right fibula on March 4 in a spring training game and has been out since then.

Today: Tacoma (59-67) at Colorado Springs (52-73), 6:05 (Pacific).

Opponent Affiliation: Milwaukee Brewers.

Season Series: Series tied, 1-1.

Starting Pitchers: LHP Tyler Olson (2-4, 5.45) at RHP Ariel Pena (1-2, 4.68).

Hot Rainiers: Jabari Blash continued his home run spree, hitting a solo shot in the third inning. He’s homered in two straight games, four of the last six, and he has eight homers in his last 14 games… Tony Zilch Zych has pitched a scoreless outing in 18 of his last 19 relief appearances (including his brief stint at Double-A).

Look Out For: Juan Centeno had two hits last night, extending his hitting streak to seven games (10-for-21)… Michael Reed also has a seven-game streak (11-for-24).

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.

Links:

  • We start with the Rainiers game story on the big win last night. The Rainiers no longer have to worry about Domingo Santana, who was promoted to Milwaukee after last night’s game.
  • The Mariners were off yesterday, but Ryan Divish posted the full transcription of the interview Jack Zduriencik did with reporters on Wednesday (we linked to a story on it yesterday).
  • We have a new leader in the Pacific-South. Las Vegas blew a 4-2 lead in the ninth inning to Omaha and lost, 5-4. El Paso earned a 7-5 win at Memphis and moved a half-game ahead of Las Vegas in the standings. Las Vegas had been in first place since May 2.
  • Fresno is unbeatable. Brett Oberholtzer tossed eight strong innings in a 6-3 win over Round Rock and the Grizzlies are 18-1 in August. Fresno’s magic number to clinch the Pacific-North is five.
  • In the American-South, first place Round Rock has lost eight games in a row, yet still leads second place Memphis by five games because the Redbirds are struggling, too.
  • Reno scored early and often in a 9-3 win at Oklahoma City. The Dodgers lead in the American-North over second place Omaha is down to 5.5 games.
  • Sacramento set a new franchise record with a 4-3, 14-inning win over New Orleans. That’s 11 straight wins for Sacramento – and 12 straight losses for New Orleans, one shy of the team record. The Zephyrs have lost 20 of their past 22 games.
  • Iowa hit a bunch of homers and had a six-run inning in a 13-2 crushing of Salt Lake.
  • Albuquerque and Nashville split a doubleheader in Tennessee.
  • No Mariners appear on this week’s edition of Baseball America’s Prospect Hot Sheet.

Here’s hoping the bats escape the cave again before tonight’s game!

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