Rainiers Shut Out Sacramento

We’ve got a lot of things to cover, and I’m short on time, so we’re going bullet points today.

  • Tacoma shut out Sacramento on Thursday night, 1-0.
  • Anthony Vasquez went 7.2 scoreless innings, allowing four hits.
  • Nobody reached second base against Vasquez until the seventh inning.
  • With the win, Vasquez is now 3-0 with a 0.87 ERA. He has ten straight Quality Starts in the PCL going back to last year.
  • After a walk and an error put runners at 2nd and 3rd for SAC in the eighth, Oliver Perez came in from the bullpen and got a strikeout to escape the jam.
  • Shawn Kelley pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his second save
  • The shutout was made possible by Scott Savastano, who was playing left field. Savastano made a running, leaping catch at the wall to take a two-run home run away from Collin Cowgill in the third inning.
  • The Rainiers only run scored on a homer by Guillermo Quiroz in the top of the third. Quiroz has three homers in just 27 at-bats this season.
  • Sacramento’s tough-luck loser was Fabio Castro, who pitched for Tacoma last year. He allowed one run in six innings, striking out 7.
  • Luis Jimenez left the game with a sprained left ankle. We should learn more about his condition later today.
  • Adam Moore had knee surgery yesterday, to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. It’s the same surgery Carlos Peguero had a week ago – he’s out for 4-6 weeks.
  • Matt Fox is missing his start today due to shoulder soreness. The team is hoping he only misses one or two turns.

Tonight’s game at Raley Field is the last game of the road trip, and the Rainiers can win the series and get a split of the road trip with a victory. Tacoma starts RHP Jarrett Grube (0-0, 0.00) against Sacramento RHP Travis Banwart (1-0, 7.04). First pitch is at 7:05 and you can catch the broadcast on 850 AM and streaming online right here.

Links:

  • Here is the Rainiers game story with a complete blow-by-blow of the dramatic 1-0 win.
  • The Sacramento paper has a feature on their hometown boy, Vinnie Catricala.
  • While the Rainiers hung on for a 1-0 win, the Mariners were trying to do the same – but their effort crumbled in the ninth.
  • It was the 38th time Felix Hernandez has gone seven or more innings and allowed two or fewer earned runs, and not won.
  • At Double-A Jackson, Danny Hultzen picked up his first professional win.
  • Hultzen ranks #2 on this week’s Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet, and… oh, no! A Mariner made the Not-So-Hot Sheet!
  • An off-the-radar kid named Steve Proscia hit three home runs for the Mariners High Desert affiliate last night.
  • Jason Churchill has his fingers and toes crossed while throwing salt over his shoulder, knocking on wood, and trying to get an overhead bird to target him as he hopes that high school outfielder Byron Buxton falls to the Mariners as the #3 pick in the draft. 
  • The Honus Wagner card sold for $1.2 million.
  • Some of my fellow RGs use different colored highlighters while keeping score. I think they’re crazy. I’m a one-ballpoint man, that’s the only way to go. Why make it so confusing?
  • In the PCL, Salt Lake’s four-game win streak came to a halt as Las Vegas topped the Bees, 8-4. Moises (Alou Ruben) Sierra hit his fourth homer for Vegas.
  • Tucson ended the five-game win streak that Colorado Springs had going. The Sky Sox made a bunch of errors.
  • Fresno withstood a two-homer, seven-RBI performance by Reno’s Randy Ruiz and the Grizzlies beat the Aces, 10-8. The Culbersons are the first father-son combination to play professionally in Fresno.
  • Nashville was swept in a doubleheader by visiting Oklahoma City. Brooks Conrad is with Nashville, trying to play his way back to the big leagues.
  • There is an excellent photo of Anthony Rizzo in this brief feature from Des Moines.
  • Skip Schumaker has been rehabbing with Memphis.

It’s 88 degrees here in Sacramento. Let’s see if the Rainiers can get some more great pitching and win this series. We’ll be home at Cheney Stadium tomorrow!

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