Day two of five in the Springs went the way of the Sky Sox, as they picked up an 11-7 win over Tacoma to even the series.
The game featured a clear, concise example of baseball in Colorado Springs:
When Tacoma was losing 9-0 after five full innings, nobody thought the game was over.
No lead is safe in Colorado Springs, and Tacoma quickly and rather easily scored five runs in the top of the sixth to tighten things up, and the Rainiers were in the game until the final out was made.
The Rainiers were even one batter away from bringing the tying run to the plate in the eighth inning, but Sky Sox closer Jim Miller was able to shut things down.
Ralph Henriquez had three hits for Tacoma, and Mike Wilson went 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to nine games (he has 17 hits over the nine games).
Alex Liddi picked up his 97th RBI as he continues his drive to become the second Tacoma player to ever reach 100 runs and 100 RBI in the same season (Craig Kusick, 1973 Tacoma Twins).
In a pre-game roster move on Thursday, the Rainiers added infielder Danny Lopez from Everett. They had room for him on the 24-man roster, from when Anthony Vasquez was promoted to Seattle. Lopez is here to provide depth in the infield – Matt Tuiasosopo left Wednesday’s game with a mild strain of his right hamstring, and he is being checked out today.
Tonight’s game in Colorado Springs is at 6:05 (Pacific). Tacoma will start LHP Nate Robertson (5-6, 6.43) against Sky Sox RHP Greg Reynolds (6-7, 6.82). We’ll have the broadcast on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here.
Cheap tickets reminder: the team is selling 50-cent tickets to kids 12 and under for the game on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. That’s how much kids tickets cost when Cheney Stadium opened in 1960. These tickets are only available at the stadium box office.
- We lead off with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
- The Mariners were off yesterday, but we do have a nice Seattle Times feature on Mike Carp.
- Geoff Baker asks the interesting question, what do you do with Kyle Seager?
- The Rainiers had to deal with the vengeance of Chris Nelson last night.
- Mariners prospect Jose Campos was dealing for Everett last night, and Jason Churchill has the story.
- Both Campos and, oddly enough, Charlie Haeger got shout-outs in this week’s Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet.
- Reno split their doubleheader in Tucson. They won the first game when Kevin Mulvey tossed a two-hit shutout, but Tucson took the nightcap, 3-1. Ryan Langerhans homered in both games for Reno. The Aces “magic number” to clinch is two.*
- Tucson slugger Anthony Rizzo is working hard to improve.
- Fresno third baseman Conor Gillaspie wants to be a weatherman when his playing days are over. For real. Fresno is hot – the Grizzlies have won six in a row, and they’ve been beating Sacramento all season.
- The PCL’s last pennant race is tightening up: first place Omaha got dropped by Elih Villanueva and the New Orleans Zephyrs, 8-2. Second place Memphis picked up a game by beating Nashville, 9-6, and Memphis is three games out with 11 to play. Omaha wins the tie-breaker.
Just three road games remain this season, and then the Rainiers close it out with eight at home starting on Monday.
* the magic number is wrong in the Reno newspaper story, because it does not take into account the fact that Reno wins the tiebreaker over Tacoma, since the Aces won the head-to-head season series (12-4). If Reno wins tonight and Tacoma loses, Tacoma is ten back with ten to play, and it’s over.