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McClendon shines in relief in Thursday night’s comeback victory

Published: June 21, 2013, 3:01 am, by Joe Paisley

The four scoreless innings by reliever Mike McClendon Thursday allowed his teammates to mount an eight-run rally in a 12-11 come-from-way-behind victory over Tacoma. It cannot be underestimated how critical that was against a Rainiers squad hitting .300 on the road.

“He was very aggressive and focused which is what we want all out pitchers to be, especially Mac,” manager Glenallen Hill said. “With his pitches and changing speeds he needs to have that attitude.”

Those four innings extended his streak to eight and only one run in his last nine appearances with a perfect ERA over the past 10 days.