Five Homers Should Cover It

Tacoma matched its season high by launching five home runs in a 10-6 win over visiting Memphis on Monday night.

Justin Ruggiano, Jabari Blash, Stefen Romero, Chris Taylor, and Patrick Kivlehan each homered in the game. Five homers by five different players.

All of the homers were deep – there wasn’t a cheapie among the bunch.

Each homer was pulled to left field by a right-handed batter.

On top of that, it didn’t seem like a night where the ball was jumping. Each team had a lot of hits, but Memphis didn’t come close to hitting one out among their 14 hits.

Tacoma entered the game third in the league in home runs, but passed both Las Vegas and Round Rock in a single game. Tacoma leads the PCL with 130 homers, with Round Rock next at 127.

Here’s your Jabari Blash-o-meter: he has hit six HRs in his last ten games, and he has 10 HRs in his last 18 games.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Tacoma matched its season-high with five home runs in a 10-6 win over Memphis.

Today: Memphis (65-65) at Tacoma (61-69), 7:05.

Opponent Affiliation: St. Louis Cardinals.

Season Series: Tied, 1-1.

Starting Pitchers: LHP Tyler Lyons (8-5, 3.21) at RHP Chien-Ming Wang (3-3, 4.78).

This is a really good pitching match-up.

Wang has absolutely dealt in his last two outings, a complete game shutout followed by a game in which he carried a shutout into the seventh inning.

Lyons was optioned down from St. Louis yesterday – he’d be in the major league starting rotation for most clubs. His addition to the Memphis rotation means that Gonzaga product Marco Gonzalez will not pitch at Cheney Stadium this year. The other Zag – Arturo Reyes – is now slated to start on Wednesday.

Hot Rainiers: Leury Bonilla has a six-game hitting streak… Patrick Kivlehan hit his team-leading 19th home run last night; he’s gone 11-for-23 with two homers and four doubles over his last five games… Tony Zilch Zych has pitched a scoreless outing in 20 of his last 21 relief appearances (including his brief stint at Double-A).

Look Out For: Dan Johnson has hit safely in seven straight games… Xavier Scruggs is 11-for-29 with three homers in his last eight games.

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:

  • The Rainiers game story is all about dingers.
  • The Mariners game last night played out like a PCL game. I’ve seen that one before.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook looks at how the starting rotation is going to change down the stretch.
  • Ryan Divish talked to James Paxton about his rehab start. I tried to refute Paxton’s claim he had never been removed in the first inning before and was unable to do so – I thought he had in one of his rehab starts with Tacoma last year, but it turns out my memory is faulty. He made it at least three innings in all three.
  • Ballpark Digest swung through Everett and Tacoma, and here is their report.
  • In the PCL last night, New Orleans ended its franchise record 15-game losing streak with a 5-0 shutout of visiting Las Vegas. Ivan Pineyro tossed eight shutout innings to get them out of the ditch. After fifteen straight losses, the party in the Quarter must have been off the chain.
  • The tight race in the Pacific-South did not change last night. Vegas was the Zephyrs victim, while second place El Paso lost at home to speed demon Brent Suter and Colorado Springs, 5-1. El Paso is 1.5 games behind Vegas. The pacemaster Suter delivered six scoreless innings and the game clocked in at 2:15. Come on, Jack Z, acquire Brent Suter!
  • Iowa wiped out Fresno, 9-0, as Javier Baez went 4-for-4 with a homer. They play a doubleheader today.
  • Reno’s Todd Glaesmann hit a big three-run homer in a 5-4 win over visiting Nashville.
  • Albuquerque walked-off Oklahoma City, 5-4.
  • Omaha’s Andy Ferguson helped shut out Sacramento, 6-0. A three-run bomb by Cheslor Cuthbert helped.
  • Round Rock added outfielder Drew Stubbs and took down Salt Lake, 3-2. Chi-Chi Gonzalez pitched a solid game.

The games are dwindling… we have night games all week, and then the final home game of the season is Sunday at 1:35. Make your plans to head out to the ballpark while you still can.

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