Another One-Run Loss

Different location, same result: the Rainiers opened an eight-game road trip with a 9-8 loss in Salt Lake City on Saturday night.

The first game of the road trip was eerily similar to what the Rainiers did on the just-completed eight-game homestand. Tacoma stayed in the game and lost by one run, and the defense was the culprit once again.

Tacoma was charged with three errors last night, and it should have been more. Chris Pettit’s “three-run double” in the bottom of the eighth inning should have been called an error, and the Rainiers also had some mental mistakes (pitcher not covering first base, etc).

The Rainiers have lost nine of the last ten games, but I still think that this will be corrected soon, and here’s why: five of the losses have been by one run, two by two runs, and one by three runs. During this dreadful stretch, Tacoma has only been beaten badly one time (the 13-1 loss to Colorado Springs on Thursday).

Clearly, the club is just about as good as the opponent, but bad luck or a big mistake at a key moment is costing them the ballgame.

Positive notes from Saturday:

  • Mike Carp is back. He went 3-for-4 with a homer, and in his last five games he is 9-for-19 with two home runs. He’s even got his average over the Mendoza Line at .210.
  • Matt Tuiasosopo hit two hard doubles and he has reached base ten times in the last four games.
  • Brandon Haveman had two hits, a home run, and three RBI. His first Triple-A homer was a line-drive laser beam down the right field line.
  • Johan Limonta went 3-for-4 with a walk.

Today’s game is at 1:05 (Pacific) and the Rainiers send LHP Chris Seddon (0-1, 0.96) to the mound against Salt Lake LHP Manny Flores (making his Triple-A debut). Seddon’s microscopic ERA is endangered in the high-elevation hitter’s paradise of Spring Mobile Ballpark.

The pre-game airs at 12:50 and the broadcast will be on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online.

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Off to the ballpark for another chilly game in Salt Lake City!

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One Response to Another One-Run Loss

  1. Michael says:

    well look like Tacoma might have to make some moves with Carlos being opt to Tacoma along with Josh Lueke.. Am I right?? Or are they ok on roster limits?

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