Tough Losses

The Rainiers had a rough Monday in Fresno.

They lost a tough game, 3-2, in the bottom of the ninth inning due to costly mistakes. Then they lost catcher Adam Moore.

Moore felt pain in his right knee while leaving the batters box when he hit a grounder in the first inning. He left the game at the end of the inning.

Moore is flying to Seattle to get it checked out. It’s the same knee he had surgery on that cost him the 2011 season. Hopefully its nothing serious.

The game was tough, too. Tacoma had eight hits in the first four innings, but managed to score only two runs. Tacoma kept hitting line drive rockets off Fresno starter Brian Burres – and the liners went right at defensive players. I had five lineouts marked on my scorecard.

Still, the Rainiers had a 2-1 lead at the seventh inning stretch, thanks to some outstanding pitching by Jeff Marquez. In his finest outing of the year, Marquez went six innings and gave up one run on four hits. He threw 89 pitches and 60 were strikes.

Fresno tied it 2-2 in the bottom of the seventh on a two-out, two-strike RBI single by Justin Christian. Christian went 10-for-16 in the series and is batting .548 on the season. Thank goodness the Rainiers don’t have to deal with him anymore. Whoops! Fresno comes to Tacoma on Saturday, and we’ll be seeing more of this guy.

Then came the bottom of the ninth. Chance Ruffin got the first two hitters out, bringing up Todd Linden. Linden hit a hard, hooking line drive a bit towards the right of center field. Trayvon Robinson gave chase, dived, and just missed it. Linden ended up with a triple.

Then things just got weird. With two outs and a runner at third, Eli Whiteside bunted. It was a bad bunt – Ruffin picked it up quickly, turned to throw to first and end the inning – and his throw was high and wide, pulling Scott Savastano off the first base bag. Whiteside was safe, Linden scored, game over.

It worked and won the game, but I still have no idea why Whiteside was trying to bunt for a hit with two outs and the winning runner at third.

After the game we bussed to Sacramento, arriving at 2:00 AM. The team was in good spirits despite the tough loss – that’s a good sign, they’ll shake this off no problem.

Tonight’s game starts at 7:05 pm at Sacramento’s Raley Field, and the broadcast is on 850 AM and streaming right here. Tacoma starts LHP Mauricio Robles (0-0, 4.15) while Sacramento’s starter is TBA. The River Cats are going to make a roster move before the game to get a pitcher active.

This won’t be an easy series – Sacramento, like Fresno, is 9-3 on the year. The River Cats have been getting great pitching lately. Hot hitters include Michael Taylor (.413-1-11) and Brandon Moss (.355-2-6). The Rainiers will not have to face top prospect Jarrod Parker in the series – he won last night – but Tacoma is slated to face another prospect, Brad Peacock, tomorrow.

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It’s a new day, and a new opponent. The Rainiers have historically played well at Raley Field. Let’s see if that can continue.

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One Response to Tough Losses

  1. Kevin says:

    Adam is running out of time……… :(

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