Tacoma, WA (9/30/21) – The Triple-A West Champion Tacoma Rainiers (76-51) dropped to 3-4 in the “Final Stretch” on Thursday night at home against the Salt Lake Bees (54-72, 5-2), by a 3-2 score at Cheney Stadium. Three solo home runs is all the Bees required for victory, in a
Tacoma, WA (9/30/21) – The Triple-A West Champion Tacoma Rainiers (76-51) dropped to 3-4 in the “Final Stretch” on Thursday night at home against the Salt Lake Bees (54-72, 5-2), by a 3-2 score at Cheney Stadium. Three solo home runs is all the Bees required for victory, in a well-pitched game on each side. Three games remain in this unique extension of the Triple-A season, despite the Rainiers having already clinched the title.
Salt Lake struck first with a one-out solo homer in the fifth inning off the bat of Brennon Lund, his 11th. It was 2-0 Bees in the sixth when Brendon Davis led off with a solo shot of his own, his seventh Triple-A homer.
A two-out double by Jose Marmolejos in the home sixth came in to score with the aid of two Bees errors. Rainiers right-hander Ryan Weber allowed five hits in 6.0 IP, the only runs coming on the homers. He struck out six and did not walk a batter; in 60.1 IP with Tacoma this season, Weber has struck out 59 and has walked only two (0.93 WHIP). The Rainiers slipped to 7-3 when Weber starts in 2021.
Salt Lake lefty Thomas Pannone matched Weber with a fine outing as well: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K. Each starter’s night ended with a no-decision.
Tacoma evened the score 2-2 in the eighth, after a Jantzen Witte leadoff single, and a Marmolejos one-out walk. Brian O’Keefe drove in the run a batter later with a single to right.
Bees catcher Chad Wallach un-tied the game in the top of the ninth, parking a leadoff solo shot to left, his eighth homer since joining Salt Lake. Tacoma/Puyallup native Tim Peterson retired his hometown Rainiers in order in the bottom half with a strikeout, converting his ninth save.
The Rainiers will return to Triple-A Final Stretch action on Friday with Game #8 of 10, continuing a five-game series against the Bees to conclude the 2021 schedule. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. PT. LHP Jack Dashwood (Salt Lake) and RHP Darren McCaughan (Tacoma) are the scheduled starting pitchers.
Rainiers broadcaster Mike Curto will have full coverage on TacomaRainiers.com. All 2021 Rainiers games, home and away, can also be heard for free on the MiLB First Pitch app. HD video broadcasts of every home game can be viewed with an MiLB.TV subscription. (Use code: RAINIERS to save $10 on an annual subscription.
About the Tacoma Rainiers
The Tacoma Rainiers are the Triple-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. The Rainiers are a member of Triple-A West. Tacoma has been a Mariners affiliate since establishing the Rainiers moniker in 1995.
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