Rainiers Split With Little Dogs

Tacoma split the Saturday doubleheader with the El Paso Chihuahuas, winning the first game 4-3 while dropping the second, 8-2.

James Paxton pitched the fist game, allowing three runs over three innings. For more on his rehabilitation assignment, check out the first link down below.

Tacoma won that game after Paxton left, when Chance Ruffin delivered three scoreless innings and the Rainiers staged a sixth inning comeback. Gabriel Noriega‘s sac fly brought home the winning run.

Fun stat for you: Chance Ruffin, starting pitcher: 0-3, 8.64 ERA in 25 IP. Chance Ruffin, relief pitcher: 1-0, 1 save, 0.73 ERA in 12.1 IP. He was supposed to relieve all along this year, but was forced into the rotation at the end of spring training due to all of the starting pitcher injuries.

The second game was all El Paso. Chihuahuas shortstop Jace Peterson hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning to make it 5-1, and their starter Michael Nix went the distance for his first career complete game.

A split should have been expected, I suppose: the Rainiers have played four doubleheaders this season, and in each of them the Rainiers have won the first game and lost the second.

Tacoma is now 21-26 on the year. Two games remain in the El Paso series and both are day games at Cheney Stadium on Sunday and Monday.

Sunday’s game starts at 1:35 – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show begins at 1:20 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts LHP James Gillheeney (1-4, 8.41) against El Paso LHP Jason Lane (4-4, 4.09).

Links:

  • We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune, which includes quotes from James Paxton about his rehabilitation outing.
  • My weekly Minor League Notebook for the paper looks at the eight(!) No. 1 prospects currently playing in the Pacific Coast League.
  • The Mariners luck against the Astros ran out – Houston picked up a 9-4 win on Turn Back The Clock Night at Safeco.
  • Brandon Maurer‘s tenuous hold on a rotation spot and a possible draft pick are among the subjects in Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook.
  • At the Seattle Times, Ryan Divish has his power rankings.
  • Stefen Romero is getting some starts as the DH, and Taijuan Walker is gearing up for a rehab start in Tacoma on Wednesday.
  • The Cubs have hired Manny Ramirez to be a player-coach at Triple-A Iowa. The Iowa Cubs visit Tacoma August 24-27. Cubs GM Theo Epstein has a statement about it. As easy as it is to joke about this, the reasoning seems sound.
  • The Angels sent Efren Navarro back to Salt Lake and he went 3-for-3 with 3 RBI in the Bees 10-6 win over Fresno.
  • Sacramento starts Dan Straily tossed seven shutout innings and the River Cats won in Vegas, 5-2. Las Vegas star Andrew Brown talked about how hard it is to go from everyday player in Triple-A to pinch-hitter in the big leagues.
  • It was Role Reversal Night in Albuquerque: closer Sam Demel started and tossed five shutout innings, and normal starter Matt Magill nailed down the save in a 3-2 win over Reno.
  • When Colorado Springs pitcher Christian Bergman ends a streak, he really ends a streak. After pitching 30 straight scoreless innings, Bergman got tattooed for eight runs in an 8-3 loss to Iowa.
  • New Orleans took advantage of some errors and had strong relief pitching in a 3-2 win over Nashville.
  • Omaha scored six runs in the first inning and coasted to a 9-3 victory against Round Rock.
  • Domingo Santana homered twice as Oklahoma City downed Memphis, 10-4. Good news: Tony DeFrancesco will return to manage the RedHawks on Tuesday after undergoing successful cancer treatments.

Back to the ballpark! Tacoma and El Paso will be playing their third game in 24 hours.

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