Rain Helps Rainiers Win

The local squad mudded out a win last night, beating Sacramento in a rain-shortened game, 4-0.

After a relatively rain-free afternoon, a light rain started as the National Anthem was being sung on Thursday night. The game got started, and the rain never stopped.

Tacoma’s grounds crew did a terrific job of keeping the infield playable for five innings, but eventually the field took too much water and the umpires called for the tarp.

Because five full innings were completed and a team was leading, it was an official game. Tacoma claimed the victory, 4-0.

Christian Bergman tossed five scoreless innings and earned the win, improving his record to 4-0 with a 1.96 ERA.

The Rainiers scored all four runs in the second inning against wild Sacramento starter Ricky Romero. The former Toronto Blue Jays star issued five walks in the inning, two coming with the bases loaded.

Tacoma won the game with just two hits – both singles by Mike Freeman.

Hopefully we’ll have rain-free baseball tonight.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: The Rainiers got a rain-assisted win, beating Sacramento 4-0 in a game that was called after five innings due to incessant rain which created muddy field conditions. Christian Bergman pitched five innings for the win.

Today: Sacramento (7-13) at Tacoma (11-8), 7:05.

Opponent Affiliation: San Francisco Giants.

Season Series: Sacramento leads, 3-2.

Starting Pitchers: LHP Michael Roth (2-1, 4.26) at RHP Ryan Weber (0-0, 0.00).

Hot Rainiers: Tyler Smith saw his seven-game hitting streak end last night… Boog Powell has been on base 15 times over the last six games.

Look Out For: Ryder Jones has hit safely in nine of ten games since coming off the disabled list… rehabilitating Mac Williamson went 3-for-4 with a homer and five RBI on Tuesday against Vegas.

Ex-Rainiers: Sacramento has former Tacoma reliever Kraig Sitton. The River Cats are managed by Dave Brundage, who was the Rainiers manager in 2006. Sacramento pitching coach Dwight Bernard had the same role for Tacoma for seven years.

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.

Links:

  • The News Tribune has a Rainiers game story, and another article which checks in on Leonys Martin.
  • The Mariners eeked out a 2-1 win at Detroit yesterday, and won their first road series of the year. Just-called-up Ben Gamel had the game-winning hit in the ninth inning. Three takeaways from the game.
  • Guillermo Heredia is making the most of his opportunity with the Mariners. That and more in the Mariners Notebook.
  • Several PCL players and two lower-level Mariners are featured in this week’s edition of the Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet.

PCL Reports:

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