Rainiers Home After Road Push

The Rainiers dropped the final game in El Paso on Friday night, 7-5.

Mike Zunino hit his seventh homer – which leads all of Minor League Baseball – but the Rainiers couldn’t maintain an early 3-0 lead.

The loss was disappointing, as Tacoma had a chance to have a winning road trip. Instead it was splits all around, with Tacoma going 4-4 on the trek through Albuquerque and El Paso.

Now a new challenge: the Rainiers face a new team!

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Tacoma hit into four double plays and lost in El Paso, 7-5. Mike Zunino and Stefen Romero hit homers for Tacoma.

Today: Sacramento (5-11) at Tacoma (10-5), 5:05.

Opponent Affiliation: San Francisco Giants.

Season Series: 0-0. They’ll play 16 games this year.

Starting Pitchers: LHP Ty Blach (1-1, 6.75) at RHP Joe Wieland (1-1, 11.32).

Hot Rainiers: Chris Taylor has a 12-game hitting streak, and he’s reached base in 14 straight games. He’s 20-for-50 during the hitting streak… Stefen Romero has multiple hits in seven of the 13 games he has played in, and he has an eight-game hitting streak… Tacoma’s dual closers Blake Parker and Mayckol Guaipe are a combined 7-for-7 in save opportunities.

Look Out For: The River Cats have had a strange start to the season: they have gone 0-8 against Salt Lake, and 5-3 against Las Vegas… power prospect Mac Williamson homered twice yesterday; he’s already been briefly called up by the Giants… the Rainiers are going to miss the Cats’ best starter, Clayton Blackburn, who pitched into the ninth inning of Friday’s 3-1 win over Vegas.

Ex-Rainiers Alert: Sacramento has former Rainiers Miguel Olivo and Darren Ford on the team. Yes, that Miguel Olivo. He’s 37-years-old and has already hit two homers this year. Pitching coach Dwight Bernard had the same job for Tacoma for seven years.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 4:50 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:

  • Here’s the Rainiers gamer from The News Tribune, with details on Mike Zunino‘s tape-measure homer and other positive outcomes – and a lot about double plays.
  • The Mariners are heating up. They beat the Angels in ten innings and have won three in a row, getting back to .500 at 8-8 for the year.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook explains why Felix Hernandez was scratched yesterday, and more. Get better, Felix!

Sorry, that’s all of the links for today. I posted this on Friday night at 12:30 in El Paso. We have a 3:40 AM wake-up call to go to the airport, fly through Phoenix, will hopefully be home by 1:00 PM, and then the early 5:05 game. PCL travel at it’s  finest!

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