Tacoma, WA (9/13/21) – The Tacoma Rainiers (68-45) swept a doubleheader from the Sacramento River Cats (48-62) on Monday afternoon at Cheney Stadium, and have won eight of their last nine games and 14 of 17. As Tacoma continues to close in on a Triple-A West regular season championship, as
Tacoma, WA (9/13/21) – The Tacoma Rainiers (68-45) swept a doubleheader from the Sacramento River Cats (48-62) on Monday afternoon at Cheney Stadium, and have won eight of their last nine games and 14 of 17. As Tacoma continues to close in on a Triple-A West regular season championship, as of 6 p.m. on Monday their lead over Sugar Land (64-48) was 3.5 games, same as their cushion over division rival Reno (63-47) as those clubs entered evening action.
The Rainiers improved to 13-3 in games started by Logan Verrett (10-3) this season (5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) with a leisurely 8-4 decision over Sacramento in the opener.
Kevin Padlo (first inning) and Jake Fraley (sixth inning) each hit two-run homers; Luis Liberato and Jose Godoy (3-for-3) each tripled, scored and drove in a run during the early contest. Eight of nine Tacoma batters registered a hit, and seven of nine scored a run in the balanced attack against a River Cats bullpen effort.
Lefty Ray Kerr pitched a perfect sixth inning in relief of Verrett, striking out two. It marked the 14th time this season that the Tacoma pitching staff did not walk a batter.
Tacoma erased a 5-0 Sacramento lead after the third inning during the late afternoon hours, beginning with a three-run fourth which included a Sam Travis RBI double. Travis then led off the sixth inning with a solo homer, before Donovan Walton tied the game with a sac fly.
In the home seventh, Taylor Trammell led off with a double, his second of the game, and wound up on third base with one out after a pair of walks, to Brian O’Keefe and Dillon Thomas (intentional). Jantzen Witte then smacked his second hit of the game on a line to right-center, easily making Trammell (on his 24th birthday) the winning run for a 6-5 victory and the sweep.
All River Cat runs came via homer; Wyatt Mathisen (3-run) in the first inning and Jason Vosler (2-run) in the third. But a Rainiers bullpen trio of Moises Gomez, Daniel Zamora and Wyatt Mills combined for three scoreless innings of relief with five strikeouts, surrendering only one hit and a walk after the fourth. Mills struck out the side in order in the seventh.
Tacoma will next be in action in the series finale against Sacramento on Tuesday, a 7:05 PT first pitch at Cheney Stadium. RHPs Asher Wojciechowski (Rainiers) and Sean Hjelle (River Cats) are the scheduled starters.
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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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