Tacoma took down Salt Lake in the tenth inning last night, 7-5 and has won the first three games of this four-game series against the Bees. The Rainiers go for a sweep tonight.
This year’s Rainiers team has had nearly unprecedented success against Salt Lake. Going into tonight’s final meeting of the season between the clubs, Tacoma has a 12-3 advantage in the season series.
Only one time since the Bees rejoined the PCL in 1994 has Tacoma had similar domination against Salt Lake. That was in 2010, when Tacoma went 12-4 against the Bees. You may recall that was a very good season for the Rainiers – a season which ended with a PCL championship.
That was also the last year that Tacoma swept Salt Lake on the road – a four-game whitewashing, July 4-7, 2010.
In the older days of the PCL, the 1962 Tacoma Giants are the only team in franchise history to beat Salt Lake City 13 times in one season – and back then, the teams played each other 22 times!
Yesterday: Patrick Kivlehan‘s flare down the right field line brought in two runs in the top of the tenth inning, leading to Tacoma’s 7-5 win over Salt Lake. Dan Vogelbach hit another home run, and Zach Shank had a big two-run double. The Rainiers go for a four-game series sweep tonight.
Today: Tacoma (58-42-1) at Salt Lake (47-52), 6:05 (Pacific).
Opponent Affiliation: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Season Series: Tacoma leads, 12-3.
The Rainiers went 7-1 against Salt Lake at home, and are 5-2 so far in Salt Lake City.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Cody Martin (8-6, 3.91) at RHP Kyle McGowin (4-7, 5.70).
Hot Rainiers: Stefen Romero has a four-game hitting streak in which he has gone 8-for-18 with two homers among his five extra-base hits… Guillermo Heredia left Saturday’s game with a “jammed shoulder” suffered while diving into a base and he was off yesterday; he has hit safely in 21 of 25 games since joining the Rainiers…Zach Shank is 7-for-12 in this series.
Look Out For: Kaleb Cowart has an eight-game hitting streak, going 14-for-32 during the run… Rafael Ortega is 6-for-14 in this series, and is 17-for-35 over his last nine games… speedster Quintin Berry has been successful in his last 15 stolen base attempts.
Ex-Rainiers: Salt Lake has former Rainiers reliever Lucas Luetge, and former Mariners shortstop Brendan Ryan.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 5:50 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.
- Patrick Kivlehan snapped out of a slump with his game-winning hit – read about it in the Rainiers game story.
- The Mariners were unable to finish a road sweep at Toronto, getting shut out on Sunday 2-0.
- Ken Griffey Jr. was inducted into the Hall of Fame yesterday – here is a transcript of his speech. Larry Stone wrote that Griffey’s speech made him more human. John McGrath wrote that Griffey showed that he cares.
- Michael Baumann has a story on The Ringer about the Mariners playoff chances and trade deadline strategy.
PCL Game Reports:
- Torrid outfielder Mitch Haniger hit two more homers last night, helping Reno to a 7-4 win at Las Vegas. In 42 games for the Aces, Haniger is batting .390-18-45. Reno turned a triple play in this game.
- Brady Rodgers tossed seven shutout innings and Fresno beat Albuquerque, 6-2. Fresno has lost top prospect Alex Bregman to a major league call-up.
- Sacramento and El Paso split a doubleheader. In the first game, River Cats lefty Ty Blach tossed a CG and became the first 11-game winner in the PCL – and he was also named PCL Pitcher of the Week. Meanwhile, El Paso has put playoff tickets on sale in July!
- Billy Burns had four hits including the game-winner as Nashville topped Omaha, 6-5.
- Memphis won its eighth straight home game, a 5-1 decision over Iowa in which Arturo Reyes pitched well.
- Oklahoma City outfielder Will Venable hit a two-run homer in a 5-3 win over visiting New Orleans.
- Colorado Springs edged Round Rock, 5-4.
Tonight is the final game of the super-quick four-day road trip. We’re back home Tuesday for nine games during an eight-day homestand, which includes a Thirsty Thursday doubleheader (which should be sponsored by Uber). Come see the Rainiers, these guys are good!