Last year I counted the shocking comeback wins, and the terrible meltdown losses. I was a little surprised at the end of the year to find out that we had only two of each.
Last night Tacoma had its first of either category in 2011: a shocking win, scoring four runs with two outs in the ninth inning when all hope seemed lost. Tacoma stunned Reno for a 9-6 win.
The Rainiers trailed 6-5 going to the ninth. They managed to advance a runner to third base, but there were two outs. Matt Tuiasosopo was at the plate – and he was having a dreadful game offensively, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and two groundouts to the catcher – just little nubbers in front of the plate.
Tui got it done when it mattered most, grounding a single between short and third to bring in the tying run.
Then, the floodgates opened. Matt Mangini hit a broken-bat single off the label to right field, sending Tui to third. And then Carlos Peguero jumped on the first pitch he saw a laced a double down the right field line, scoring two runs and Tacoma had a 8-6 lead. Peguero took third on the throw home, and scored on a wild pitch to make it 9-6.
All this occurred with two outs – a shocking win, indeed!
The Rainiers have won three of the last four games, and are now 3-3 on this road trip after dropping the first two games in Salt Lake City.
Tacoma will face Reno tonight at 6:05 (broadcast on 850 AM and streaming live here). Tacoma starts LHP Chris Seddon (0-1, 2.28) against Reno RHP Kevin Mulvey (1-2, 15.00).
Seddon was not on Tacoma’s active roster so a move had to be made: outfielder Brandon Haveman was transferred back to Class-AA Jackson. Haveman did a nice job filling in while Peguero was in the big leagues, even helping the Rainiers win a game. I’m sure we’ll see him again in the future.
- I wrote the game story for The News Tribune. It includes quotes from manager Daren Brown. In the Reno account, Brett Butler wasn’t as pleased by the outcome.
- The Mariners are playing with confidence and they’ve won four in a row.
- Read this one: Jim Caple wrote about Michael Pineda.
- In the PCL, Omaha’s nine-game win streak came to a dramatic end.
- Wow – Las Vegas has lost nine straight games, and they’re blaming the bullpen.
- Tucson outfielder Aaron Cunningham is from Port Orchard, and he’s red-hot right now.
- Ex-Rainiers outfielder Brad Nelson had the game-winning hit for Round Rock last night.
- Nashville starter Zack Greinke had a good rehabilitation outing, but the Sounds lost.
- New Orleans beat Round Rock, 1-0, on a Josh Kroeger home run.
That’s it for today – I’ve got a treat for you long-time fans tomorrow! Also, don’t forget about the Fan Go-Round at Cheney on Sunday.