Pitching led the way as Tacoma evened the series with Las Vegas by knocking off the 51s on Saturday night, 4-1.
Erasmo Ramirez was in prime form, carrying a three-hit shutout into the eighth inning before allowing an unearned run. Ramirez struck out six and walked two – he needed a start like this; his previous few starts were inconsistent.
Shawn Kelley relieved Ramirez and recorded the final five outs, earning a save while lowering his PCL earned run average to 0.95.
Offensively, the Rainiers had just enough: a big two-out, two-run double by Carlos Triunfel for the early lead in the second inning, and a pair of RBI-singles from Alex Liddi.
The Nine Game Mega Series is now tied, 2-2. The final Tacoma game is today before the series moves to Las Vegas.
Today’s game is at 1:35, and you can hear it on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP D.J. Mitchell (1-2, 3.47) against Las Vegas RHP Bobby Korecky (3-2, 3.45).
This is our final home game of the 2012 season today, as the season concludes with an eight-game road trip. Thank you to all of the fans who came out and enjoyed the games this year – it may not have been the best season on the field, but it was still fun. I hope you had a great time at the ballpark.
- We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
- My minor league notebook for the paper leads off with an item on the turnaround of Chance Ruffin, and has an update on former Rainiers slugger Jeff Clement.
- The Mariners lost again, despite two home runs by Kyle Seager. Big game today as the M’s try to avoid the sweep.
- It’s Larry Stone’s Sunday baseball package in the Seattle Times: a column about the importance of the upcoming Mariners off-season, a MLB notebook with an interesting item on Roger Clemens and the Hall of Fame, power rankings, and thumbs up-and-down.
- Read John McGrath’s catch-all column for the anecdotes, and stick around for the life lesson at the end.
- When I get old and grouchy (no, I’m not there yet – be quiet!) I’m going to rag the umpires like Hawk Harrelson.
- Or maybe I’ll get old and classy, like Vin Scully. He’s coming back for 2013. It’s always cool when the major league stars want to meet the broadcaster.
- Indeed, it does seem that there is a disparity in the number of Latinos who fail MLB drug tests.
- John Sickels has a report on Mariners outfield prospect Jabari Blash.
- In the PCL, the Pacific-North may have been won last night by Reno. After learning that second-place Colorado Springs had lost, Reno overcame deficits in the eighth and ninth innings and beat Fresno in the tenth, 8-7. Reno has a four-game lead with nine to play.
- Aces outfielder Adam Eaton seems to be the favorite for the MVP award. The newspaper story quotes this blog – not sure if that is good news for the blog (“we’re going places!”), or an act of desperation by the Reno newspaper (“nobody else will talk, so let’s quote that damn blogger.”).
- The Sky Sox were shut down by Tucson veteran Bear Bay.
- Good story from the Tucson paper on new pitcher Thad Weber, who talks about the head-spinning turmoil of being claimed on waivers.
- Salt Lake hit three homers and edged Sacramento, 4-3. The River Cats “magic number” is four.
- Soon-to-be-traded Albuquerque outfielder Jerry Sands has had a wild 24 hours – he homered to help his temporary team beat Memphis, 4-2. ‘Topes skipper Lorenzo Bundy hasn’t had an easy time with this situation – you can tell from his quotes.
- Nate Adcock tossed a gem and Omaha shut down New Orleans, 5-1. The Zephyrs are back to four games out of first, behind Albuquerque.
- Iowa played good defense in a 4-1 win over Oklahoma City, and the Cubs are going to cross the 500,000 mark in attendance today.
- Round Rock won again in front of a big crowd – the Express have gone 21-10 over their last 31 games.
- Best story in the PCL today: a mountain lion tried to walk into the Harrah’s casino that is next door to Aces Ballpark. Instead, it got tranquilized and released into the wild. If only that would happen to me when I go to Harrah’s – I’d have a lot more money.
There are some tickets available for walk-up purchase today, so come on out to Cheney Stadium for the final home game of the year.
The sun is out, so I’m going to go ahead and type this: as long as we get through today’s game, the Rainiers will complete a 72-game home schedule without a single postponement due to rain for the first time since 1998. It’s 2012, the year we took the rain out of Rainiers!