Bats Bounce Back To Support Sampson

After a two-day slumber, the Rainiers bats came alive in a 7-3 win at New Orleans on Saturday night.

Tacoma whacked 11 hits, drew four walks, and reached twice on hit-by-pitches to make 17 baserunners in one of the best pitcher’s parks in the PCL.

It was actually more than the team needed.

Adrian Sampson pitched seven shutout innings, giving up just five hits and two walks. He left the game with a 6-0 lead.

Tacoma had several hitting stars, but let’s talk about Mike Zunino for a moment.

Last night Zunino was hit by a pitch and drew two walks in his first three plate appearances. His fourth time up, the bases were loaded with nobody out, so he was thinking RBI – he grounded out to bring in a run. In his final at-bat, he got ahead in the count 3-0 and blasted the pitch out of the park for his 12th homer of the year.

That’s a great night at the plate.

Since May 15th, Zunino has had 40 at-bats and has drawn six walks, and struck out five times. The hits aren’t falling in during this span – he has eight, for a .200 average – but he’s hit three homers. It’s interesting to me that he’s walked more than he has K’d over a 12-game span. Small sample size, arbitrary start date, yeah I know. Still, it looks like progress.


Yesterday: Tacoma ended a two-game slide with a 7-3 win at New Orleans. Tyler Smith and Dario Pizzano each had three hits, to support Adrian Sampson who delivered seven shutout innings.

Today: Tacoma (30-19) at New Orleans (20-28), 11:00 AM (Pacific).

Opponent Affiliation: Miami Marlins.

Season Series: Tied, 1-1.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Donn Roach (4-2, 5.51) at RHP Jarred Cosart (1-3, 4.60).

Hot RainiersJonathan Aro has allowed just one earned run on one hit over his last 11 innings, spanning nine appearances. They’re batting .032 against him during that time… Dario Pizzano had three hits last night and is 7-for-20 over his last five games… Tyler Smith has gone 8-for-22 on this road trip.

Look Out For: Tomas Telis – the switch-hitting catcher – has 17 hits during an eight-game hitting streak… former Rainiers infielder Robert Andino has a nine-game hitting streak, going 16-for-35… Matt Juengel has hit safely in nine of his last ten games, going 14-for-37.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 10:45 on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.

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Day baseball today and tomorrow to wrap up the road trip!


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