Rainiers Snatch Series Lead from River Cats, 8-5

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August 5, 2022 – Pacific Coast League (PCL) – Tacoma Rainiers News Release

West Sacramento, CA – On a bullpen night for either side Thursday, the Tacoma Rainiers (45-56) and Sacramento River Cats (43-59) used 15 pitchers combined, and Rainiers relievers didn’t allow a run and allowed only two hits following a second inning outburst by the hosts. All of it added as much as an 8-5 Tacoma victory to take a 2-1 series lead, their fourth win in five games.

After being shutout for the primary time since May 18 on Wednesday, the Rainiers needed only two batters to attain on Thursday. Forrest Wall began the sport with a triple to right field, and was home a batter afterward a Mitch Haniger RBI groundout (MLB rehab).

Tacoma tacked on two more within the second inning to make it 3-0. Erick Mejia’s twelfth home run was a solo shot to right field to steer off the frame, followed by a Kevin Padlo triple to right. Drew Ellis lined a single to left to attain Padlo before the Rainiers made an out, and it was their fourth game this season with multiple triples.

The River Cats rallied for an enormous inning in the house second, taking a 5-3 lead. Jason Krizan (7) and Shane Matheny (1) each hit a two-run homer; Matheny’s was his first profession at Triple-A. Ka’ai Tom added an RBI double.

The Rainiers cut the lead to 1 run within the fourth, after Ellis and Trey Amburgey stroked consecutive singles to steer off. Haniger got here through with the two-out RBI on a single to right. It was tied within the visiting sixth on Mejia’s second RBI; three walks loaded the bases and he delivered a sac fly. Haniger scored the run and ended his night with three walks and two RBI, as he inches closer to returning for the Mariners’ final stretch.

Tacoma re-rook the lead for good within the eighth; MLB veteran second baseman Jonathan Villar picked up his first hit and RBI since joining the Rainiers, driving in Scott Heineman (pinch-running for Haniger) for a 6-5 lead. It was 8-5 when Padlo smacked a 403-foot homer to the left field alley, a two-run shot. Tacoma out-hit Sacramento 13-5; Padlo and Ellis each had three hits, while Villar joined Mejia with two.

Right-handers Riley O’Brien (1.2 IP, 3 K) and Taylor Williams (2.0 IP, 2 K) pitched multiple scoreless innings for the Rainiers. Left-handers Brennan Bernardino and Kyle Bird (1 K) each fired an ideal single inning. Lefty Nick Ramirez retired the side so as within the ninth to avoid wasting it, his fourth consecutive appearance with a save dating to July 28, as he’s saved 4 of Tacoma’s last five wins in a seven-game span.

This weeklong series will proceed with game 4 on Friday, a 6:45 PT first pitch at Sutter Health Park. RHP Darren McCaughan is scheduled to begin for Tacoma, against RHP Sean Hjelle for Sacramento.

Rainiers broadcaster Mike Curto can have full coverage on TacomaRainiers.com. All 2022 Rainiers games, home and away, will also be heard free of charge on the MiLB First Pitch app. HD video broadcasts of each game might be viewed with a MiLB.TV subscription.

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