Rainiers Win Series, Move On To Fresno

Tacoma finished the deal in Sacramento, waiting out River Cats starter Joan Gregorio before carving up the Sacramento bullpen for six runs in the final two innings of a 7-3 win.

The victory gave Tacoma its first series win on the road this season, and kept the Rainiers two games ahead of second-place Reno in the standings.

After the game the team took a charter bus to Fresno and checked into the motor lodge at about two AM. A four-game series starts here tonight.

Fresno is a hot ballclub right now. The Grizzlies have won 11 of their last 13 games, pulling within one game of the .500 mark – they were 25-35 on the season when this hot streak began.

They have been winning entirely because of fantastic pitching. Fresno has held its opponent to three runs or less in 12 of the last 13 games.

The Grizzlies just swept Albuquerque, and look at the scores: 3-1, 2-1, 5-2, 2-1.

The key to this series will be if the Rainiers can score against the Fresno staff.

And it should be noted: while Fresno is 11-2 over the last 13 games, both losses came against Tacoma. These teams just split a four-game series at Cheney Stadium last week.


Yesterday: Tacoma rallied in the late innings again, scoring six runs over the final two frames to defeat Sacramento, 7-3. The River Cats helped out by making two critical errors in the eighth inning, setting the stage for the Tacoma rally. The Rainiers won the series, three games to one.

Roster Move: Here’s the full list of roster moves which occurred prior to yesterday’s game: pitchers Donn Roach and David Rollins went to Seattle, pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen and outfielder Nori Aoki came down to Tacoma from Seattle, outfielder Guillermo Heredia joined the Rainiers from Jackson (and went 2-for-5 in his Triple-A debut), and pitcher Kraig Sitton returned from Double-A (he actually flew to Tennessee and flew right back, in one 24-hour period). Aoki has not reported yet – he may arrive today.

Today: Tacoma (42-32-1) at Fresno (36-37), 7:05.

Opponent Affiliation: Houston Astros.

Season Series: Tied, 4-4.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Cody Martin (5-5, 4.82) at RHP Mike Hauschild (5-6, 3.18).

Hot Rainiers: Rob Brantly has gone 7-for-21 over his last six games, and he had the go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning last night… Stefen Romero has had three straight multiple-hit games… Patrick Kivlehan has hit safely in 15 of 17 games since rejoining the Rainiers, including four straight.

Look Out For: Outfielder Preston Tucker carries an eight-game hitting streak into tonight’s game. He’s 15-for-30 during the streak… closer James Hoyt has seven saves in the last 13 days.

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.


PCL Game Reports:

The internet in the Fresno motor lodge is infuriatingly slow. Kind of surprising they have it at all, considering nothing else in this place has been updated since the 1960s.


One Response to Rainiers Win Series, Move On To Fresno

  1. Tacoma could draw 400,000 for the first time I think? By drawing about 6400 a game the rest of the season. Have to figure out 2 different gates for the probable DH 28 Jul against EL PASO. It took awhile but this regime of management certainly has increased attendance over the years.

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