Tacoma starter Andrew Carraway was coasting along.
He had tossed three scoreless innings, and retired the side in order in the third. He ended each of the first two innings by inducing a double-play grounder.
Things looked good for the young right-hander.
Then in the fourth inning, it all went by the wayside.
Seven straight Colorado Springs batters had hits, and seven runs crossed the plate in the fourth. Carraway hung in there and finished the frame, only to allow two more runs in the fifth before being lifted from the game.
The Sky Sox went on to pummel the Rainiers, 13-6. It was 13-2 before Mike Wilson launched a three-run homer in the eighth.
Manager Daren Brown said that Carraway simply stopped getting the ball down in the strike zone in the fourth, and he paid for it.
The Rainiers are back in a funk again. Tacoma has lost five of the last six games, with the only victory coming in the 18-inning game on Wednesday. The Rainiers have tied their season-low of 16 games under .500.
Tonight’s game is at 5:05 (Pacific), and you can hear it live on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts LHP Steve Garrison (0-2, 6.50) against new Colorado Springs LHP Nick Schmidt (1-2, 9.00).
- I wrote the Rainiers game story for The News Tribune. In the notes: Tacoma added left-handed reliever Jose Jimenez from Jackson, and Scott Paterson was placed on the disabled list with a sore shoulder.
- The Mariners took a page from the Rainiers playbook and lost in 14 innings to Tampa, 4-3.
- Felix Hernandez is pitching himself into the Cy Young Award discussion.
- Mariners prospect Mike Zunino made this week’s Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet.
- A woman was named president of the Southern League – it’s the first time that has happened in the history of Minor League Baseball.
- In the PCL, former Rainiers pitcher Nate Robertson has signed with Las Vegas. The 51s topped Reno, 4-3, as the Aces felt the loss of all-star closer Jonathan Albaladejo. Third baseman Ryan Wheeler was also called up.
- Angels outfielder Vernon Wells is rehabilitating with Salt Lake, and he helped the Bees defeat Fresno, 4-1.
- Tucson shut out Sacramento, 6-0. Apparently nobody covered the game in Sacramento last night.
- Albuquerque defeated Iowa on a three-run walk-off home run by Jerry Sands – his second homer of the game. It’s throwback night tonight, and the Isotopes are going to wear Dukes uniforms.
- Rangers star Neftali Feliz had an extremely rocky rehabilitation start for Round Rock, and Omaha won in a romp.
- Cardinals top pitching prospect Shelby Miller may be turning a corner for Memphis. He tossed six shutout innings on Friday night.
- The Fresno Grizzlies are raffling off a pack of Piedmont cigarettes from 1909 that might – might! – contain the famous Honus Wagner baseball card. However, it might contain a card of a flower instead.
- My all-time favorite basketball player is making a comeback.
- I leave you with an update on the most awesome non-baseball event at Cheney Stadium this year: The Moveable Feast, coming up in eight days. They’re up to 35 food trucks.
Tonight, we see if Rainiers starter Steve Garrison can tame the fourth inning. Tacoma has allowed eight and seven runs in the fourth inning in the last two games, respectively. Control the fourth!