The Rainiers ended their eight-game losing streak on Wednesday night in Colorado Springs, blasting the Sky Sox 9-3.
Tacoma scored four runs in the top of the first inning, added three more in the third to go up 7-0, and rode the suddenly red-hot arm of Jarrett Grube to victory from there.
Grube went eight innings and allowed just three runs. Grube has allowed just four runs in his last 22 innings pitched, lowering his ERA by nearly three runs in the process.
Tacoma had a couple of home runs: Mike Wilson yacked one off Sean White, which was pretty cool: White had allowed just three runs in his previous 25 innings (1.08 ERA). The former Rainier has allowed six HRs in 75 innings this year, and all six have come in Colorado Springs – none on the road.
Also good to see: Michael Saunders pulled a Matt Lindstrom fastball over the right field fence for a homer in the eighth. Lindstrom is a major leaguer on rehabilitation, and he was hitting 96 mph on the scoreboard gun.
Huston Street made his annual rehab appearance against the Rainiers and pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
Word at the ballpark was that Lindstrom and Street were making their final appearances for the Sky Sox, and are about to be activated by the Rockies. This means that Sky Sox could have a boatload of roster moves during this series; with two pitchers likely to be sent down from the Rockies and… we’ll see what happens.
Tonight’s game is at 5:05 (Pacific), and as always the broadcast is on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Erasmo Ramirez (3-0, 4.68) against Colorado Springs RHP Clayton Mortensen (1-7, 9.45). This will be an interesting match-up – Mortensen is far, far better than those stats indicate; he’s had success in the major leagues this year (3.86 ERA in 58 innings).
- We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune – hey, I got to write about a win!
- Here is the run-down on all of the Sky Sox rehabbers.
- The Rainiers start the final homestand on Monday, and it’s all about the fans.
- The Weekly Volcano’s “Meat Market” column came to Cheney Stadium for Tasty Thursday.
- The Mariners pasted the Indians, 9-2, and a bunch of former Rainiers went bananas. The Mariners no longer have the worst offense in the major leagues,
- The Mariners won that game despite making four errors – and that is very rare, as Matthew Carruth writes.
- My man John McGrath is enjoying the Mariners youth movement – his analysis of the Rick Rizzs call made me smile.
- While I admit the formatting makes it hard to read, I want to link to this USS Mariner post. Point #2 on the debut of Anthony Vasquez is an interesting analysis of his first MLB start.
- Mariners Class-A outfielder Denny Almonte hit for the cycle. He’s another in the long line of Mariners minor league strikeout-prone sluggers.
- The Dodgers front office is wondering if fans still like Vin Scully – which is a foolish question, of course – and this made Keith Olbermann angry. Next up: the Dodgers front office will ask children if they still like Santa Claus.
- Potential drama in Oakland, where Billy Beane might consider the Cubs GM job.
- The death of Mike Flanagan caused Joe Posnanski to start the Crafty Lefty Hall of Fame.
- The Reno Aces lost to Tucson yesterday and the Rainiers gained a game – 7.5 back with 12 to play; not dead yet! Reno may get slugging infielder Cody Ransom back for the stretch run.
- Here’s the best thing to come out of Tucson this week: a complete account of the Sacramento River Cats clinching party, as detailed by the visiting clubhouse manager.
- The hungover Cats got beat down by Fresno, 14-6.
- One day after scoring 23 runs on 27 hits, the Salt Lake Bees were shut down by Kyle Drabek.
- Don’t touch Bryan LaHair – he’s too hot! Two more homers, five more RBI… .336-36-105.
- Omaha moved closer to clinching the American-North by beating New Orleans in a rain-shortened game.
- Memphis beat Nashville as Andrew Brown homered twice.
- Chad Tracy of Round Rock also homered twice, and he had six RBI giving him 100 on the year.
I leave you with a personal note: I’m concerned that my Cal Bears will face a hostile environment in their “home opener” at Candlestick Park against Fresno State next weekend. Cal’s stadium is being renovated and this is an all-road season. Apparently Fresno is buying most of the tickets. Yikes.*
* Astute Mike… Off-Mic readers will understand the football season reference.