Good question. The Rainiers didn’t score any runs last night.
In baseball, we call this a “shutout.” And for the 2011 Tacoma Rainiers, it is rarer than an eight-run inning.
Tacoma was shutout for just the second time this season last night, losing to Tucson, 2-0. Tucson pitchers Rob Musgrave, Will Inman, Pat Neshek, and Luis Perdomo combined on a five-hitter.
Those pitchers deserve credit. Tacoma ranks third out of the 16 PCL teams in runs scored, and has already broken the 52-year franchise record for most runs scored in a season.
The only other time Tacoma was shutout was on June 1, when Reno’s Barry Enright silenced the Rainiers at Cheney Stadium.
It will be interesting to see how the team bounces back tonight – will they come out and score 12 runs, or will it be another low-scoring game?
We’ll find out at 7:05. Tacoma is scheduled to start LHP Nate Robertson (5-6, 7.16) against Tucson RHP Samuel Deduno (4-4, 3.91). You can catch the broadcast on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here.
Tonight is the final night of the Rainiers roll back the ticket prices promotion, with 50-cent tickets for kids 12-and-under. These tickets are only available at the Cheney Stadium box office – you can pick ‘em up on your way in.
- Here is the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune – manager Daren Brown had a lonely night in the third base coach’s box. Erasmo Ramirez pitched really well but took a tough loss.
- The Mariners lost ugly. Three straight walks, two with the bases loaded? We don’t even do that in Triple-A.*
- The Mariners announced which prospects are being sent to the Arizona Fall League. Included are Rainiers pitcher Forrest Snow, injured catcher Adam Moore, and Tacoma hitting coach Alonzo Powell. For all of the rosters for the entire AFL, Baseball America is the place to go.
- Jayson Stark has an outstanding article on scouting in the information age.
- Jason Churchill has an article on the success of Mariners scouting director Tom McNamara.
- Reno outfielder Collin Cowgill (now with the Diamondbacks) was named the Pacific Coast League Rookie of the Year. Alex Liddi received some votes.
- Reno lost to Fresno, getting shut down by Shane Loux. Brett Pill hit a three-run homer for Fresno and got called up to San Francisco for his first time.
- The Aces are preparing for a roster hit that could hurt them in the playoffs. With the parent Diamondbacks in a fight to win the NL West, they will call up players that can help. Tacoma did not have this problem last year, when the Mariners were struggling – which allowed Tacoma to keep its team together for the post-season.
- Sacramento is gearing up for the playoffs, despite an unsettled bullpen. The A’s have been wearing out the transaction wire recently.
- Major congratulations to former Rainiers slugger Bryan LaHair, who broke the Iowa Cubs franchise record with his 38th home run yesterday. LaHair tied Jose Bautista for the professional baseball home run lead. And of course, he did this on Bryan LaHair T-Shirt Night. Perfect!
- Memphis lost to Albuquerque and the Redbirds chances of a third straight division title took a big hit – they are four games behind Omaha with six to play.
- The Salt Lake Tribune has a wrap-up of a rather miserable season on the field in Salt Lake City.
Six games left – and Tacoma needs to go 5-1 to reach the .500 mark. Let’s see if they can do it.
* Well, not very often.