Rainiers Alone In First Again

Tacoma ended its team-wide hitting slump last night, knocking 12 hits in a 5-2 win at Sacramento.

The victory – coupled with Reno’s home loss to Las Vegas – moved the Rainiers back into sole possession of first place in the Pacific-North division standings.

Tacoma has been alone or tied in first place every day this season. Now the Rainiers have a one-game lead over the Aces.

A single pitch by Joe Wieland helped preserve yesterday’s win.

Tacoma held a 5-0 lead going to the bottom of the fifth, but Wieland started to struggle. Sacramento scored twice to make it 5-2, and had the bases loaded with one out.

It looked like Wieland was on the ropes, and it seemed certain that Sacramento was going to get at least one more run – and quite possibly a lot more.

But Wieland made a quality pitch to Miguel Olivo, getting him to ground into an inning-ending (and rally killing) double play.

The lead was still comfortable at three runs, and Tacoma’s bullpen handled the final four innings without allowing the game to get any closer.


Yesterday: Tacoma’s bats broke out for 12 hits and a 5-2 win over Sacramento on Wednesday night. Tyler Smith hit two doubles, Mike Zunino homered, and Daniel Robertson tripled home a run to support starting pitcher Joe Wieland.

Roster Move: To make room on the roster for Jonathan Aro, yesterday the Rainiers transferred Kraig Sitton to Double-A Jackson. After the game, Kyle Hunter was also transferred to Jackson.

Today: Tacoma (40-32-1) at Sacramento (30-44), 7:05.

Opponent Affiliation: San Francisco Giants.

Season Series: Sacramento leads, 4-2.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Zach Lee (-) at LHP Adalberto Mejia (1-0, 0.00).

This is Lee’s first game as a member of the Mariners organization. He’s 7-5 with a 4.89 ERA in the PCL this year, having made 13 starts for Oklahoma City.

Hot Rainiers: Rob Brantly has gone 6-for-17 over his last five games, and he homered on Tuesday night… Daniel Robertson has hit three triples in his last nine games… Patrick Kivlehan has hit safely in 13 of 15 games since rejoining the Rainiers.

Look Out For: Veteran outfielder Gorkys Hernandez is 6-for-15 over his last five games, and he hit a leadoff homer in the first inning on Tuesday… Travis Ishikawa is 3-for-6 with two doubles in this series.

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.


  • We’re back online! Here’s the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
  • The Sacramento paper has a story on Federal Way’s Travis Ishikawa, who is playing first base for the River Cats.
  • The Mariners had just three hits in a 5-1 loss at Detroit on Wednesday.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook is on the changes to the pitching staff – and this was before Adrian Sampson was scratched from today’s start with elbow discomfort.
  • Larry Stone has a column on the recent passing of Bob Harrison, the scout who signed Ken Griffey Jr.
  • Tacoma Jackson pitcher Kyle Hunter had a write-up in his hometown newspaper. He pitched at Cheney Stadium when he was 14 years old.
  • It turns out that when Eric Byrnes ended his baseball career by bicycling out of the Safeco Field locker room, he was simply foreshadowing his future athletic endevours.
  • Was definitely surprised this morning to read that the Miami Marlins and New Orleans Zephyrs TBAs extended their Player Development Contract four years, through the 2020 season.
  • Speaking of the New Orleans club, they announced the seven finalists for their new franchise name. Tailgators, anyone? Vote here. As for the newspaper presentation, this is a rare instance in which it is entertaining to read the comments.

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One Response to Rainiers Alone In First Again

  1. Mike, I think Fresno is going to make the race very interesting.

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