Offense And Bullpen In Peak Form

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.


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.


One Response to Offense And Bullpen In Peak Form

  1. No matter how they finish the season certainly has been disappointing to me.

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