Rainiers End Skid With Clutch Hits

The Rainiers used a bevy of two-out hits in order to end the team’s longest losing streak of the year (three games) with a 9-7 win at Salt Lake on Sunday evening.

Seven of the Rainiers nine runs scored on two-out hits, including all four during the decisive four-run rally in the top of the seventh inning. Tacoma hitters were 5-for-9 batting with runners in scoring position and two outs.

Tacoma also took care of Salt Lake’s running game, which we noted was a problem in the series opener on Saturday. The Bees were 0-for-1 in base stealing attempts on Sunday.

On the radio pregame show yesterday, manager-for-a-minute Denny Hocking said that holding runners was addressed after the game on Saturday, and that Rainiers pitchers would focus on holding runners for the remainder of the series. So far, so good.

Tacoma had some solid relief work in the late innings yesterday. Mark Lowe, Dean Kiekhefer, and Jean Machi protected the lead over the final three innings in a tough ballpark to pitch in.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Tacoma connected on four consecutive two-out hits during a four-run rally in the top of the seventh inning, taking the lead for good in a back-and-forth 9-7 win at Salt Lake on Sunday. The Rainiers hit three triples in the game, and each were key hits during scoring innings. Leonys Martin, D.J. Peterson, and Zach Shank hit the triples.

Today: Tacoma (30-19) at Salt Lake (27-24), 5:35 (Pacific).

Opponent Affiliation: Los Angeles Angels.

Season Series: Tied, 1-1.

Starting Pitchers: LHP Dillon Overton (1-0, 7.71) at RHP Alex Klonowski (0-1, 9.90).

Hot Rainiers: Leonys Martin has reached base safely in 15 straight games… Tyler Smith has gone 9-for-23 with two homers during a six-game hitting streak… Dan Vogelbach has a six-game hitting streak…  Tyler O’Neill has a five-game hitting streak, and he has reached base via hit or walk in 11 straight games.

Look Out For: Catcher Carlos Perez has gone back-and-forth between the majors and minors this year, but when he’s with Salt Lake he has been a monster. He has 19 hits during an 11-game hitting streak, and has hit safely in 17 of his 18 PCL games… C.J. Cron hit a grand slam against the New York Mets on Sunday and then was optioned to Salt Lake to “work on his swing”… Rey Navarro has an eight-game hitting streak.

Local Guys and Ex-Rainiers: Former Mariners and Rainiers infielder/outfielder Dustin Ackley is with Salt Lake, and so is ex-Rainiers outfielder Ramon Flores… Bees pitcher Troy Scribner is the younger brother of Mariners reliever Evan.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 5:20 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.

Triple-A All-Star Game: We’re hosting it at Cheney Stadium on July 12, and fan balloting is live now – go here and vote for who you want to see.

Links:

  • Here’s the recap of the Rainiers win.
  • Christian Bergman came to the rescue for the Mariners, tossing seven shutout innings at Fenway as the M’s beat the Red Sox on Sunday, 5-0. Three takeaways from the game.
  • Some fun things happened on the Mariners farm last night. Led by top prospect Nick Neidert, Class-A Modesto pitched nine no-hit innings only to lose the no-hitter and the game at San Jose in the tenth, 1-0. Double-A Arkansas hogged all of the offense – they scored 13 runs in one inning and had 20 hits in a 17-3 win over the Texas Rangers affiliate.

PCL Game Reports:

Day game coming on Tuesday – 11:05 Pacific!

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