Tacoma lost to Reno on Sunday afternoon, 4-2 – and now the Rainiers must win the final two games of this series just to maintain a longshot hope of winning the division title.
Tacoma had scoring opportunities early against Reno starter Zach Kroenke, who walked four batters in the first two innings. But Kroenke settled down after allowing two early runs, and he coasted through seven innings to earn the win.
The Rainiers had a good start from Nate Robertson, but he ended up taking the loss because of the team’s offensive struggles. Tacoma has scored just 18 runs during this six-game losing streak, for an average of just three runs per game.
Now the team is 7.5 games out of first with 15 to play. Win these next two, pull within 5.5 games, and then hope for a miracle down the stretch – that’s the only possible recipe for a Rainiers repeat now.
Tonight’s game is at 7:05, and you can hear it on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma ia scheduled to start LHP Anthony Vasquez (4-3, 3.21), but I won’t be surprised if Luke French is inserted into the rotation today – I guess we’ll find out in a few hours. Reno is slated to start ex-Tacoma RHP Gaby Hernandez (4-6, 6.49).
Cheap Tickets Alert: The Rainiers are doing a “roll back the prices to opening day 1960″ event at the start of the next homestand: on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday next week, tickets are just 50 cents for kids 12 and under. That’s how much they were for the first season at Cheney Stadium. You can get the details on the Rainiers official site.
- I wrote the Rainiers game story for The News Tribune.
- The Mariners took a tough loss, but Mike Carp extended his hitting streak to 20 games. He had a 22-game streak with Tacoma back in June, and the only thing that ended it was when he was promoted to Seattle mid-game after going 0-for-1.
- Even Rob Neyer has noticed Carp’s streak.
- Larry Stone has discovered the Mariners biggest problem: it’s Larry Stone.
- Here we have the weekly USS Mariner Minor League Wrap.
- At Lookout Landing, Wily Mo Pena’s first home run as a Mariner caused Jeff Sullivan to unleash his writing talents.
- Reno “shaved” its magic number to nine. What kind of razor do you need for that?
- Pedro Feliz had three hits and a homer, but Tucson lost to Sacramento, 11-6. Sacramento had a 9-run inning and shaved its magic number down to mere stubble: three.
- In Round Rock, they don’t shave magic numbers – they shrink ‘em. Round Rock’s is down to four.
- Round Rock’s Brad Nelson won the PCL Player of the Week award.
- Omaha’s Luis Mendoza is going to win the ERA title, and yesterday he finally earned a win at home.
- Iowa had one hit against Oklahoma City, getting shut down by J.A. Happ.
- Las Vegas has a new Cuban shortstop, Adeiny Hechavarria, and here is his story.
- Salt Lake beat Colorado Springs as Alexi Amarista hit an inside-the-park home run. It looks like the Sky Sox are going to be loaded with rehabbers when we get there on Wednesday.
Time to take the three-block walk (past three casino hotels, a train station, and a “men’s club”) to the ballpark.