Rainiers End Skid

Blake Beavan tossed a gem, Dustin Ackley hit a leadoff homer, and Johan Limonta and Sean Kazmar had big hits as the Rainiers ended a three-game losing streak by defeating Fresno on Wednesday night, 3-1.

My game story (link below) covers the basics, but I want to write about the Rainiers bullpen here.

After Beavan showed pinpoint command over six outstanding innings, Cesar Jimenez, Justin Miller, and Royce Ring continued the trend in closing it out.

All told, the four pitchers did not walk a single batter.

Ring’s performance was nice to see, as he struggled a bit in his first two games. Ring has a history of success at the Triple-A level, and we saw it last night.

First, the lefty struck out pinch-hitter Edgar Gonzalez (Adrian’s brother), then he got Ryan Rohlinger to line out to center. Finally he faced a left-handed batter, and he struck out Travis Ishikawa to end the game.

Tonight the Rainiers finish the road trip with a 7:05 game in Fresno. Tacoma starts LHP Chris Seddon (0-0, 0.00) against Fresno LHP Matt Yourkin (0-1, 13.50). The game will be broadcast in the usual places: 850 AM, and streaming online.

Links:

  • Here is the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune, with quotes from manager Daren Brown.
  • The M’s had a slim lead going to the eighth yesterday, but reigning MBL home run king Jose Bautista launched a three-run bomb and that was that.
  • In this Doug Pacey notebook we learn a bit more about Franklin Gutierrez’s scheduled rehab with the Rainiers this weekend. Just a little something extra at Cheney Stadium’s Grand Re-Opening Weekend! Cancelled!
  • Geoff Baker wrote about difficult roster decisions approaching for the Mariners.
  • Ryan Divish posted the Mariners daily minor league report with a little commentary. Welcome to the listening audience, Ryan!
  • Here’s an excellent story from the Fresno Bee about the Grizzlies early season base stealing. They are on pace to shatter the PCL record for most steals in a season.
  • Also from the Bee, a summary of last night’s Tacoma-Fresno game.
  • Sacramento botched a game-ending double play and lost to Vegas in the ninth.
  • We have a feature on Roger Clemens son Koby Clemens, who is in the PCL with Oklahoma City.
  • Albuquerque beat Iowa, 10-7, to improve to 5-2. Jerry Sands had his four-game home run streak end, but Trent Oeltjen homered twice. Bryan LaHair doubled twice for Iowa – he has nine RBI already.
  • Omaha opens its new stadium tomorrow and Danny Duffy is going to be the starting pitcher. Despite being one of the top pitching prospects in the minor leagues, Duffy briefly quit the sport last year.
  • Rangers Class-A pitching prospect Neil Ramirez made an emergency fill-in start for Round Rock and delivered six shutout innings. Then he was promptly sent back to A-ball.
  • Salt Lake swamped the Tucson Padres yesterday, 15-4. It was a rain-shortened game – Salt Lake has played six games, and none of them have been nine innings. They have two rain-shortened games, two seven-inning doubleheader games, and two long extra-inning games.
  • Phenom Bryce Harper hit his first home run in an official minor league game. Here’s the video. Oppo-bomb!
  • Aroldis Chapman is amazing: he was throwing only 93 mph yesterday, so the Reds are worried he is injured.
  • There is some really insightful stuff about pitching in big games in Jeff Pearlman’s Q&A with Russ Ortiz

Last day of the road trip – let’s open the new place tomorrow!

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