How about that title? One of the great hair metal albums of my youth, and an up-to-the-minute description of our Tacoma Rainiers after Monday night’s 5-3 win over Nashville.
The Tacoma win, coupled with a Colorado Springs loss in Albuquerque. moved Tacoma into sole possession of third place in the division.
Tacoma had been alone or tied in last place every day since falling into the cellar with a loss in the eighth game of the season on April 14.
Do you want to count them? Reflecting on misery can be beneficial to the soul – so says Dr. Curto – so let’s count them: that was 38 days in last place.
But it’s all over now, so let’s look forward and try to catch the second-place Salt Lake Bees, who are two games ahead. As Bob Robertson said in our post-game wrap-up last night, you can only take one step at a time.
Yesterday Tacoma got yet another strong start from Fabio Castro, who allowed just one earned run in 5.2 innings but left the game trailing 3-2 because of unearned runs in the first inning.
Tacoma struck with the longball in the bottom of the sixth: Mike Carp lined a homer to right to tie the game, and Alex Liddi lofted the go-ahead drive to left just two batters later.
Rainiers relievers Scott Patterson and Dan Cortes combined for 3.1 shutout innings to secure the win.
Tacoma has not won three games in a row yet this year – but I sense that it is time. The Rainiers play bright and early on Tuesday, with an 11:35 AM game against Nashville. You can catch the broadcast on 850 AM in Tacoma or streaming worldwide right here.
The Rainiers start LHP Luke French (0-5, 5.98) against Nashville LHP Chase Wright (1-3, 5.33).
A few links:
- Here is the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune, as inked by Ryan Divish.
- Larry Stone was at Cheney Stadium on Monday night and he posted this blog post prior to the game.
- In his notebook, Larry LaRue caught up with ex-Rainiers catcher Rene Rivera, who is now with the Twins.
- The Mariners won their sixth in a row. One could argue that Jeff Sullivan consistently provides the best Mariners game wrap-ups. The details are all there, no doubt, but I must admit I am linking to this one strictly due to the face-melting title.
- At the Times, Geoff Baker writes about how the M’s used the bench in their victory.
- This is certainly interesting: former Rainiers and current Oakland A’s reliever Brian Fuentes – whom I admire a lot – is openly questioning manager Bob Geren. Fuentes is a pretty smart guy and a four-time all-star who has been around for a long time - this should certainly concern the Athletics. Rob Neyer has some thoughts on the situation.
- In the PCL, we have a column on Sky Sox speedster Eric Young Jr – and why he isn’t in the majors.
- No newspaper link, but Reno won at Round Rock, 9-7, as Wily Mo Pena launched his PCL-leading 15th home run of the season – and it was a three-run shot in the first inning. Reno leads Salt Lake by six games and Tacoma by eight. Well played, Wily Mo – you’re still my man, but I think it might be time for you to take a break for a while. Maybe strain an oblique or something? Better yet: sign a deal with the Hiroshima Carp and we’ll see you next year.
- So I read this story and learned that Salt Lake’s Eric Junge was the first Bucknell graduate to pitch in the major leagues since Christy Mathewson.
- The Sacramento Bee has a feature on River Cats outfielder Michael Taylor, who wants to work inside the Pentagon if baseball doesn’t work out. I’m thinking the salary discrepancy might discourage him… In other news, the Cats were cremated by New Orleans, 14-1.
- It has been many moons since anyone typed this: Las Vegas is the hottest team in the PCL. They beat Iowa 10-5 in Des Moines last night, they have won seven straight (the last five on the road), and they have won 17 of their last 20. Of course we have them next – a four game series starting in Vegas on Friday.
- Brett Pill and Brandon Belt produced, and Fresno beat Oklahoma City, 7-5.
- There was a 23-inning game Monday night in the Florida State League. Veteran move by Jupiter manager Ron Hassey to get himself ejected in the 14th.
- We have an update on the stalled ballpark building process in Escondido.
One thing about these mid-week 11:35 AM games: if you work a “normal job” in Tacoma, you can head out to the ballpark for a long lunch and some baseball. Come on out!