What a win last night!
It was quite unexpected.
Tacoma trailed 2-0 going to the bottom of the ninth inning, and was being totally shut down by Salt Lake starter Nate Smith. The team had just one hit – a bouncer off the glove of the third baseman in the third inning, and in fact a ball that would be changed to an error after the game. Smith was pitching a beautiful game.
But a one-out double by Tyler Smith started a rally, and next thing you know the Rainiers had plated a pair of runs to tie the score, 2-2.
Then Patrick Kivlehan led off the bottom of the tenth, and he hit the first pitch from A.J. Achter over the left field fence for a walk-off homer.
It was a great moment in front of a sellout crowd of 7,509.
Here’s the video of Kivlehan’s walk-off home run.
Tacoma is now 21-7 in home games this year, which is amazing, and overall the team has matched its high-water mark of 12 games over .500.
Yesterday: Tacoma scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to tie it, and Patrick Kivlehan homered in the tenth to beat Salt Lake, 3-2. Donn Roach had yet another strong start, allowing one run over 6.2 innings.
Today: Tacoma (33-21-1) at Las Vegas (28-26), 7:05.
Opponent Affiliation: New York Mets.
Season Series: Las Vegas leads, 3-1.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Sam Gaviglio (-) at RHP Rafael Montero (2-2, 4.53).
Gaviglio returns to the Rainiers, making his first Triple-A appearance of the season. He made ten starts for Double-A Jackson, going 3-2 with a 4.07 ERA. The Rainiers are hoping he can provide some innings because it’s going to be a bullpen day on Sunday.
Hot Rainiers: Jonathan Aro has allowed just one earned run on two hits over his last 16 innings, spanning 11 appearances. They’re batting .043 against him during that time… In his last eight appearances, Blake Parker has allowed just three hits and no runs over 8.1 innings. He’s also 9-for-9 in save opportunities this season… Patrick Kivlehan is 5-for-12 since re-joining the Rainiers.
Look Out For: The Rainiers could not get Marc Krauss out when these teams played in April. He went 7-for-10 with two homers in that series – but he’s not currently on a hot streak… T.J. Rivera has hit safely in 20 of his last 21 games, and is batting .370 on the year… Gavin Cecchini is 7-for-13 during a three-game hitting streak.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 6:50 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.
- This is where the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune would go, if I could find it online. I can’t.
- Dilson Herrera is a player to watch in the Rainiers series at Las Vegas, according to the local newspaper.
- Adrian Beltre had a huge game and the Rangers beat the Mariners, 7-3.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook reveals how close Shawn O’Malley was to making his major league pitching debut on Thursday.
PCL Game Reports:
- Peter O’Brien and Reno pounded Las Vegas, 9-0. O’Brien homered twice and is up to 15 on the year, which leads the PCL.
- El Paso completed a four-game sweep of Sacramento, and suddenly the Chihuahuas are ten games over .500.
- Jeff Hoffman tossed a gem and Stephen Cardullo homered in Albuquerque’s 3-2 win over Fresno. Cardullo’s back story is kind of amazing. Fresno manager Tony DeFrancesco talked about the frustration on the team.
- A three-run homer by Carlos Corporan helped New Orleans to a 5-1 win at Memphis.
- Iowa topped Oklahoma City, 7-5, and the Dodgers have lost ten of their last 12 games.
- Colorado Springs finished a four-game series sweep with a 6-1 win over Omaha. Believe it or not, it’s the Sky Sox first home sweep since 2012.
- Nashville has won 17 of 19 games, but they couldn’t beat Mother Nature last night. The Round Rock at Nashville game was rained out.
On to Vegas. The World Series of Poker is going on, so if nobody shows up for the broadcast you know why.