Unlucky Fourteen

Tacoma lost to Colorado Springs in the 14th inning last night, 5-4.

Two things about this game amazed me.

First, Tacoma pitchers combined to throw a no-hitter for 10.1 innings, from one out in the 4th until there were two outs in the 14th.

Charlie Haeger, Dan Cortes, Denny Bautista, and Cesar Jimenez held the Sky Sox hitless after the Rainiers fell behind 4-0 in the fourth. The pitchers combined to strike out 17 batters over the 14 innings.

The Rainiers came back, with Johan Limonta hitting a two-run homer, and Mike Wilson eventually tying the game with a sac fly in the bottom of the eighth.

Once we got into the extra innings, the Rainiers didn’t have much opportunity. Tacoma had a runner at second with one out in the ninth but couldn’t get that last hit, and then did not advance a runner past first base until the 14th inning.

The Sky Sox took the lead in the top of the 14th on a long two-out double by Jordan Pacheco, which scored Mike Paulk from first base.

In the bottom of the 14th, Matt Tuiasosopo led off with a double, but he was stranded at second base as Jim Miller nailed down the save for the Sky Sox.

The second thing that amazed me was the time of game: it lasted “only” 4 hours, 1 minute. Think about that – we played a bit more than a game-and-a-half in four hours. That’s not even half of a Fresno airport delay.

If you had told me to guess the time of a 14-inning game, I would have guessed upwards of 4:30.

So, at least it was a “quick” 14 innings.

Tacoma is now 1-5 since the Ackley call-up. Daren Brown says it often takes a week to bounce back from a big player loss in Triple-A, and this will be a week today.

Tonight’s game is at 7:05 pm, and you can hear it on 850 AM and streaming online here. Tacoma starts LHP Luke French (3-5, 6.16) against Sky Sox RHP Alan Johnson (1-3, 6.16). Check it out – identical ERAs. That’s weird.

French was activated from the temporarily inactive list today – he was on it while his wife gave birth to their first child, a son named Whitten (I’m not sure I spelled that correctly).

Pitcher Fabio Castro has been placed on the disabled list with an injury to his left foot, which has bothered him during his last two starts. Castro was shuffling around in a boot yesterday. While I don’t have the medical specifics, the feeling is that this is not serious.

Let’s hit the links:

Tonight, I think we should play eight-and-a-half innings.

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3 Responses to Unlucky Fourteen

  1. Greg says:

    Hi, Mike. My son, who has attended Rainiers games with me since he was 4, was recently admitted to UC-Berkeley, and will begin his freshman year there this August. So, another future Cal Bear is in the house (for two more months, anyway) at Cheney.

    Greg

  2. Mark says:

    Sorry most ridiculous I heard from you in a while. It takes a week to recover from a call up of Ackley’s caliber. The team has underachieved all year. Don’t care about the road record look at the overall record. Lot of talent still here. I knew we are going to use the call up’s as an excuse. Sacramento seems to find a way to keep winning year and year out. Team won the division in 2009 because of the league did not actually win the division. Team won the division last year because of Stankiewicz and the playoff’s because os Stanky and possibly F. Gonzalez.

  3. Mark says:

    With some exceptions the starting pitching has been dismal to say the least.

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