Tacoma won its third straight game on Friday night, beating Nashville 8-3.
The offense has been explosive during the three-game win streak. Tacoma has scored 33 runs, on 45 hits, and has hit nine home runs during the three games.
Twice in the past week the Rainiers have matched their season-high by hitting five homers in a game. Each of the last two games, the Rainiers have hit back-to-back home runs (Stefen Romero and Patrick Kivlehan on Thursday, and Jabari Blash and Kivlehan last night).
It’s not all homers, though: the Rainiers bullpen is on an impressive run.
Over the past five games, Tacoma’s bullpen has collectively pitched 24 innings and allowed just one run. That’s a 0.38 ERA.
Tacoma is 64-70. That’s six games under .500 with ten to play. They need to go 8-2 to get to .500 for the season. Very tough to do, indeed, but something to pull for down the stretch.
Yesterday: Tacoma continued its offensive surge, knocking 13 hits including two homers in an 8-3 win over Nashville on Friday night.
Crowd: Tacoma drew 7,355 last night and continues an excellent homestand at the gate. Really, the crowds have been fantastic all season – thanks for showing up!
Blash-O-Meter: Jabari Blash has hit seven homers in his last 13 games, and 11 in his last 21 games. He is hitting .270-17-36 in 41 games since coming back from Double-A.
Roster Move: I was surprised to walk into the locker room and see James Jones before the game yesterday – he was activated from the disabled list, and went 2-for-5 with two RBI in his first game since breaking a toe with a foul ball on July 10.
Today: Nashville (60-74) at Tacoma (64-70), 7:05.
Opponent Affiliation: Oakland A’s.
Season Series: Tacoma leads, 2-0.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Zach Neal (7-9, 3.94) at RHP Adrian Sampson (2-3, 6.91).
Hot Rainiers: Patrick Kivlehan extended his hitting streak to nine games, going 17-for-38 with five homers and six doubles during the streak… Sean O’Malley has had three consecutive three-hit games… Tony
Zilch Zych has pitched a scoreless outing in 21 of his last 22 relief appearances (including his brief stint at Double-A).
Look Out For: Jason Pridie has a nine-game hitting streak into tonight’s contest… Craig Gentry has hit safely in seven straight 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.
- In the Rainiers game story James Paxton talked about his outing.
- MLB.com has a report on the game, focusing on Paxton’s outing and Mike Zunino‘s return to Tacoma.
- Taijuan Walker pitched well and the Mariners beat the White Sox on Friday, 2-0.
- We have some columns that focus on the downfall of the Jack Zduriencik era. John McGrath points out some lowlights, and Geoff Baker somehow got his hands on an internal email missive.
- Larry Stone writes that now that the move has been made, the hard part has begun.
- ESPN Insiders can read Buster Olney’s brutally honest and depressing view of where the Mariners stand right now.
- There is lots of scuttlebutt that Texas Rangers assistant Thad Levine is the leading GM candidate on the market. The Rangers seem worried about losing him.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook looks at the catcher swap.
- The future of manager Lloyd McClendon is murky.
- In the PCL, El Paso picked up a game on first place Las Vegas in the Pacific-South last night. The Chihuahuas cruised to a 7-1 win over Oklahoma City and are now 2.5 games out of first. El Paso and Las Vegas start a four-game series against each other on Monday.
- Las Vegas was shut down by Nick Martinez and Round Rock, 4-1. Top prospect Nomar Mazara had three hits including his first Triple-A home run for the Express.
- Colorado Springs scored all eight runs in the final two innings for an 8-2 win at Albuquerque.
- Reno’s Todd Glaesmann had a big game against someone other than Tacoma. The Rainiers Killer hit two doubles and a homer in Reno’s 6-2 win over Memphis.
- New Orleans held on for a 7-4 win against visiting Salt Lake.
- An ugly game ended in ugly fashion when Omaha’s Casey Kotchman drove in the winning run with a walk-off hit by pitch. The Storm Chasers topped Fresno, 3-2.
- Sacramento and Iowa got rained out in Des Moines. They’re playing two today.
Tonight is our final home night game of the season. Weather is a potential issue – just follow the Rainiers various social media accounts for the most current information.