Tacoma Rainiers

Zunino hits second HR since demotion as Rainiers beat Round Rock, 8-2

On a night the Rainiers saluted the cinematic classic, “Star Wars” with an in-park promotion, a few of their hitters decided to hit baseball to a galaxy far, far away.

Seth Mejias-Brean, Mike Zunino and Steven Baron all hit home runs to the same part of Cheney Stadium — moonshots over the left-field wall — and Tacoma powered past Round Rock, 8-2, in a rain-shortened game Thursday night.

Mejias-Brean delivered the big blow in the fourth inning, hitting his first Tacoma home run — a three-run shot off Eddie Gamboa to give the Rainiers a 6-2 lead.

Zunino followed with his second Rainiers home run on the second pitch he saw.

Baron hit a solo shot in the next inning to complete the scoring as Tacoma won its fourth game in a row.


Reliever Steve Cishek (shoulder) made his first rehab appearance of the homestand, tossing a scoreless fifth inning. He issued a walk to Jurickson Profar, who was recently demoted by Texas, but struck out two to pick up the victory.


The Rainiers and Round Rock continue their series Friday night at 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Rob Whalen (0-0, 4.50 ERA) pitches for Tacoma. Round Rock’s starting pitcher has yet to be determined. All action can be heard on 850-AM.