Tacoma topped Colorado Springs on Friday night, 6-3, salvaging a split of the four-game series.
It was a somewhat unlikely split, seeing how Tacoma lost the first two games. But the pitching was very strong in games three and four, and the Rainiers were able to string together hits.
Nate Robertson started on Friday and was working on a two-hit shutout with one out in the fourth inning when the Sky Sox strung together three extra-base hits and scored three runs. But Robertson was able to settle down and retire the next five batters, getting through the fifth inning.
Tacoma took the lead with a four-run fourth. Ryan Langerhans had the big hit, a two-run single to center that snapped the tie and gave the Rainiers a 5-3 lead. Langerhans has a nine-game hitting streak and he has reached base with either a hit or a walk in 15 straight games.
Kyle Seager had another good game, going 3-for-3 with a walk, scoring one run and driving in another. The second baseman also made a fine defensive play on a ball hit up the middle.
But the biggest star may have been reliever Chaz Roe. Roe had his best outing of the season, delivering three scoreless innings in relief of Robertson. Roe retired nine of the ten batters he faced, striking out six. It was an impressive showing against his former team.
The Rainiers went 3-5 on the homestand, and now they go back to where their success has been this season: the road.
It’s a quick trip – just four games in Las Vegas, then right back home.
Saturday’s game in Vegas is at 7:05, and you can hear it on 850 AM or streaming online right here. Tacoma starts LHP Chris Seddon (4-4, 5.15) against Las Vegas RHP Scott Richmond (4-5, 6.28).
- Ryan Divish wrote the Rainiers game story for The News Tribune, and he zeroed in on the key to Chaz Roe’s success: the mustache. Well, duh.
- So the Mariners got a road win at home. Or something like that. I don’t know, I’m confused.*
- Larry LaRue caught up with ex-Rainiers Greg Dobbs and Jose Lopez before the game.
- In the PCL, Reno knocked out Las Vegas starter Kyle Drabek in the first inning and pounded out a 16-7 win over the 51s. Arizona Diamondbacks General Manager Kevin Towers is pleased with the Aces.
- Colorado Springs manager Stu Cole says third baseman Ian Stewart needs an attitude adjustment.
- Salt Lake picked up a win at Fresno last night, earning a series split.
- Out of Tucson, we have a feature on former Rainiers and Mariners catcher Guillermo Quiroz – a quality story on a quality dude.
- The Iowa Cubs won in front of a huge crowd, and Bryan LaHair hit his 20th home run.
- Nashville beat Omaha 3-2 – amazingly, over half of Nashville’s games have been decided by one run.
- New Orleans and Round Rock split a doubleheader for the second day in a row.
Sending this from the airport – we’re off to Vegas!
* Actually, after Tacoma’s “home” games at Memphis in the PCL finals last year, I guess I’m really an expert at this situation. Hey Mariners or Marlins, if you need a consultant to help you through this confusion, my fees are quite reasonable.