Rainiers Hit Road For Final Stretch

The Rainiers split the final two games of the home portion of the schedule, winning the first game 6-5 before dropping the second to Nashville on Sunday evening, 8-4.

James Jones had a game-winning RBI single in the opener, and Jabari Blash hit two more homers in the nightcap.

The Rainiers finished the year with a 36-36 record in home games.

Kudos to you, the fans: Tacoma drew 352,521 fans this year – the second-highest total in franchise history, trailing only the 2011 season (which was the first in the new ballpark).

Now Tacoma plays the final eight games of the season, all on the road. It will be four games in Salt Lake City followed by four in Las Vegas to finish the year.

We’ll be watching to see who finishes the season strong, who gets called up when rosters expand, and possibly to see if the Rainiers can play spoiler in the Pacific-South division race.

It was a fun time at Cheney Stadium this year – I hope y’all enjoyed it.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: The Rainiers split a day/night doubleheader with Nashville, and now the team hits the road for the final eight-game road trip.

Blash-O-Meter: Jabari Blash has hit nine homers in his last 15 games, and 13 in his last 22 games. He is hitting .286-19-40 in 43 games since coming back from Double-A.

Today: Tacoma (65-71) at Salt Lake (54-82), 6:05 (Pacific).

Opponent Affiliation: Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim.

Season Series: Salt Lake leads, 8-4.

This has been arguably the most disappointing season series for Tacoma. Salt Lake has been vying for worst record in the PCL all year, yet somehow they have managed to win eight of 12 against Tacoma.

Starting Pitchers: LHP Mike Montgomery (4-3, 3.74) at RHP Drew Rucinski (5-6, 5.68)

Hot Rainiers: Patrick Kivlehan has an eleven-game hitting streak, going 20-for-45 with five homers and seven doubles during the streak… Sean O’Malley is 11-for-20 over a five-game streak… 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: Rehabbers. Holy smokes, Salt Lake has a lot of them. Four, to be exact. Matt Joyce, Collin Cowgill, David Freese, and Taylor Featherston are all on rehabilitation assignments with the Bees right now. Presumably they will all be activated from the Angels disabled list when rosters expand on Tuesday.

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.

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That’s it for today – travel day. Catch you on the other side in the SLC.

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