The Tacoma Rainiers six-game win streak came to an end when Salt Lake rallied in the final inning and salvaged a split of Friday night’s doubleheader.
Tacoma won the first game, 2-1, when new outfielder Julio Morban doubled home the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning. That made a winner out of starting pitcher Andrew Carraway, who lasted six innings and allowed just one run. Logan Bawcom nailed down the save.
Tacoma took a 3-1 lead into the seventh inning in game two, but Salt Lake all-star Efren Navarro hit a bases loaded double to cap a four-run rally giving the Bees a 5-3 lead. Tacoma scored one run and had the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the inning, but Triple-A rookie Michael Morin got pinch-hitter Endy Chavez to ground into a game-ending double play.
The Rainiers won the series, three games to one, and is sitting two games over .500 on the season with an 8-6 record.
Now the Sacramento River Cats come to town, and they are new Rainiers division rivals this year. Steve Scarsone returns as manager, but they have a ton of new faces on the roster. Outfielders Michael Taylor and Shane Peterson are the only mainstays from previous years.
Sacramento is off to a good start as usual, with a 10-6 record. They’ve won seven of their last eight games.
Just from looking at their stats, it appears that A’s management filled the Triple-A roster by signing a lot of minor league free agents who draw a lot of walks. These guys are going to take a lot of pitches. As former Rainiers manager Dan Rohn used to say back in the Moneyball heyday of walking Sacramento clubs, “the way to solve this problem is to just throw strikes.” Amen, Rohnie, Amen.
Saturday’s game starts at 5:05 – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show begins at 4:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Jordan Pries (Triple-A debut) against Sacramento RHP Marcus Walden (first PCL appearance).
- The Raniers game story in The News Tribune focuses on the crazy number of transactions Tacoma has already had.
- It sounds like Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma is going to make a rehabilitation start for Tacoma, perhaps as early as Tuesday.
- The Mariners lost the series opener in Miami Friday night on a walk-off grand slam by Giancarlo Stanton.
- In the PCL, Sacramento batters drew ten walks as the River Cats topped Fresno last night, 4-2.
- Backup catcher Griff Erickson went 4-for-4 with three doubles and a homer as Albuquerque beat the El Paso Chihuahuas, 10-6. It was Bark In The Park night, and the Albuquerque Journal headline writer nailed it.
- The Reno Aces finally slowed Las Vegas’s roll and they did it with a game-ending three-run homer by Didi Gregorius in the 11th inning.
- Carlos Peguero hit his first homer for Omaha – and it was a tape-measure blast that gave the Storm Chasers the lead in a 3-2 win over Round Rock.
- Nashville picked up a 5-1 win over Memphis in unique fashion: Kevin Mattison snapped a 1-1 tie with a pinch-hit grand slam.
- New Orleans ace Brian Flynn met the Iowa Cubs and reigning PCL Pitcher of the Week Tsuyoshi Wada, and a terrific pitcher’s duel unfolded. Flynn and the Zephyrs got the win, 1-0.
- Colorado Springs scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat Oklahoma City, 10-9. Jackson Williams had the game-winning hit. Earlier, RedHawks first baseman Jonathan Singleton launched his sixth homer of the season, and he’s driven in 20 runs already.