Former Teammate Stings Rainiers

As you are well aware, David Winfree was one of the leaders of last year’s PCL Championship team.

He left the Mariners after the season as a minor league free agent, signing with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Winfree got injured in spring training and didn’t play much, so an assignment to Triple-A Reno was in the cards.

Last night he beat his former team with a long home run to centerfield with two outs in the bottom of the 12th inning. Winfree’s third homer of the season gave Reno a 13-12 win.

Winfree’s blast was one of six homers for the Aces, who lead the league in home runs by a team. The wind was howling out to right field, but that was an advantage for both team’s hitters – and the Aces out-homered Tacoma, 6-1.

Matt Tuiasosopo had a big game for Tacoma, going 3-for-5 with a home run, three runs scored, and five RBI. Alex Liddi and Matt Mangini each had three hits as well.

Mike Carp left the game after singling in the fourth inning. It turned out to be a cramp in his hamstring and he should be fine.

The second game of the four-game series is tonight at 6:05. Tacoma starts RHP Blake Beavan (1-0, 4.50) against Reno RHP Micah Owings (3-0, 2.81). It will be interesting to see if Reno manager Brett Butler uses a DH for Owings, who is the best hitting pitcher in baseball. The game will be broadcast live on 850 AM and streaming online here.

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OK, let’s see if we can get a more normal baseball game tonight – and hopefully one that ends with a Rainiers win.

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2 Responses to Former Teammate Stings Rainiers

  1. Mark says:

    Mike, Toughest loss of the season last night.

  2. Michael says:

    The Rangers have signed right-hander Justin Miller to a minor league contract, reports Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Twitter link). Miller will report to Triple-A Round Rock on Monday

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