Rainiers Scuffling Towards Break

The Rainiers are in a bit of a funk right now, as the team heads towards the all-star break.

Tacoma lost in Sacramento on Friday night, 7-4, and has now dropped five of its last six games.

The team is still in first place, holding a 1.5-game lead over Reno and a 2.5-game lead over Fresno. It helps that those teams are playing each other right now – they have split the first two games of their four-game series.

Tacoma’s offense has been inconsistent lately: they seem to either score nine runs, or have trouble getting more than two.

The bullpen has seen a lot of turnover in recent days, and the roles of the new personnel are being determined.

On the whole, the organization’s pitching should be getting healthier soon. Felix Hernandez has his rehab start in Everett tomorrow, Charlie Furbush started a rehabilitation stint yesterday, and veteran reliever Ryan Cook (who has been out since spring training) is about to begin his rehab.

For now, I’d like to see the Rainiers win one (at least!) of these last two games in Sacramento, and get to the all-star break in first place. Then we’ll reset, and see where things stand on Thursday.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Matt Cain pitched like it was 2005 (the last time he faced the Rainiers), carrying a no-hitter for 5.2 innings in his rehabilitation start. He earned the win as Sacramento beat Tacoma, 7-4. Trailing by five runs, the Rainiers rallied in the ninth and brought the tying run to the plate before falling.

Today: Tacoma (47-40-1) at Sacramento (38-51), 7:05.

Opponent Affiliation: San Francisco Giants.

Season Series: Sacramento leads, 6-4.

Sacramento has been one of the worst teams in the PCL all season long, except for some reason the Rainiers struggle to beat them.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Zach Lee (0-2, 9.00) at RHP Chris Stratton (5-4, 5.79).

Hot Rainiers: Stefen Romero has a ten-game hitting streak, and he has gone 23-for-60 over his last 14 games… Luis Sardinas has a four-game hitting streak, going 6-for-16.

Look Out For: Gorkys Hernandez has been Sacramento’s best position player. He’s reached base in 12 straight games and is coming off a huge June in which he batted .366 with a .440 OBP… infielder Rando Moreno is 18-for-48 over his last 14 games; he’s one of six position players who have been promoted from Double-A Richmond within the last month.

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.

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Rainiers need a win!

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