Rainiers Look For First Win In DH

Tacoma fell to 0-2 on the season by losing in Sacramento on Sunday afternoon, 5-1.

Good pitching by Sacramento was the problem. Top prospect Tyler Beede was strong for six innings, and the River Cats bullpen protected a 2-1 lead until Kyle Blanks lined a three-run homer in the eighth inning to ice the game.

Tacoma’s Dylan Unsworth was solid in his Triple-A debut, allowing two runs in 5.2 innings. He commanded his pitches well and threw strikes repeatedly – 57 of his 76 pitches were strikes. He works at a good pace, too.

The Rainiers will have two chances to acquire that first win today, playing a doubleheader starting at 4:05. Then we fly home in the morning to play the Cheney Stadium opener on Tuesday night.


Yesterday: Sacramento starter Tyler Beede and three relievers limited Tacoma to seven singles in a 5-1 River Cats victory.

Roster Move: Tacoma added pitcher Chase De Jong to the active roster prior to yesterday’s game. To make room, outfielder James Ramsey was released. Tacoma will go with just 11 position players until Boog Powell is eligible to play on Tuesday (or Wednesday – not sure how the suspended game fits into this).

Today: Tacoma (0-2) at Sacramento (2-0), doubleheader, 4:05.

We’re making up the opening night rain out. It will be two seven-inning games, with about a half-hour between games.

Opponent Affiliation: San Francisco Giants.

Season Series: Sacramento leads, 2-0.

Starting Pitchers:

  • G1: RHP Chase De Jong (–) at RHP Joan Gregorio (–).
  • G2: RHP Ryan Weber (-) at LHP Ricky Romero (-).

Hot Rainiers: Dan Vogelbach reached base three times yesterday, with two singles and a walk. Sacramento was playing a big shift on him, and he beat it going to the opposite field once.

Look Out For: Kelby Tomlinson has four hits and has scored four runs after two games.

Ex-Rainiers and Locals: First-year Sacramento manager Dave Brundage managed Tacoma in 2006. He’s spent the last ten years managing in the International League… River Cats pitching coach Dwight Bernard is an old friend, having served in the same role for Tacoma for seven years… lefty reliever Kraig Sitton is expected to be on Sacramento’s roster tonight; he pitched very well for Tacoma last year before leaving as a free agent… one-time Rainiers outfielder Justin Ruggiano is playing for Sacramento… finally, ex-Rainiers and Mariners SS/3B/2B/1B/OF Michael Morse is on Sacramento’s disabled list.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 3:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.

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