It was a great night for the Tacoma Rainiers on Thursday in Tucson. The team easily won both games of the doubleheader, by scores of 9-2 and 8-1, and went over the .500 mark for the first time since the third day of the season.
Tacoma is 50-49 on the year, and they can thank the pitching staff.
Long relievers Jarrett Grube and Chaz Roe dazzled in the first game, combining to work nine innings and allow just one run.
Grube picked up the suspended game with the bases loaded and nobody out in the first – and he got a double play grounder on his very first pitch, and he cruised from there.
Roe saved the rest of the bullpen by lasting 3.1 innings after Grube, without allowing a run, and earning the save.
In the second game, Luke French turned in his fourth consecutive quality start, allowing just one run over six innings.
Offensively, Carlos Peguero had a big day going 4-for-9 with five RBI in the twinbill. Michael Saunders had two hits and drew five walks – it seemed like he was always on base. And Sean Kazmar went 4-for-8 with a pair of doubles.
All together, it was a great day for the team as a whole.
Now, we move on to Salt Lake City where it is a big state holiday weekend. Friday’s game is at 6:05 (Pacific) and will air on 850 AM and stream online right here. Tacoma starts LHP Anthony Vasquez (1-2, 4.58) against Salt Lake RHP Bear Bay (7-5, 4.53).
Salt Lake has had roster moves since we saw them last weekend at Cheney Stadium, and they are a better team right now with Hank Conger in the lineup and Michael Kohn in the bullpen. They also received pitcher Trevor Bell from the Angels – I’m not sure if he’s going to start or relieve. Salt Lake just split four games with first place Sacramento.
It should be a good series.
- We lead off with the Rainiers recap from The News Tribune.
- Sadly, I must report that manager Daren Brown has indeed identified the players in this photo.
- The Mariners lost their 12th in a row and manager Eric Wedge aired ‘em out.
- Reno blasted Fresno as Cole Gillespie homered twice. The Aces have won nine of 10 and lead the Rainiers by 11 games.
- Chris Nelson hit two homers and drove in six runs as the Sky Sox beat up on Las Vegas.
- The Sacramento paper has a feature on catcher Anthony Recker, who is having a really good season.
- The River Cats put a 14-1 whuppin’ on Salt Lake, salvaging a split of the series.*
- San Diego Padres prospect Anthony Rizzo struggled mightily in his first taste of the big leagues – and now he’s been sent down to Tucson.
- Albuquerque swept a doubleheader from Oklahoma City.
- Texas Rangers top pitching prospect Martin Perez took a beating in his Round Rock debut.
- The Iowa Cubs were swept at home by Nashville in a four-game series.
- Major league job opening in Memphis, where the Peabody Hotel is looking for a “Duckmaster.” I can think of someone…
Posted this one from the Tucson airport at 6:00 AM. We’re flying through LAX to get to Salt Lake, so we might actually see the Pacific Coast for the second time during the Pacific Coast League season.
* I consulted with an honest-to-goodness redneck to get the proper spelling of “whuppin'”.