Games in Reno are never over until the final out is recorded, and no lead is safe at Aces Ballpark.
Tacoma and Reno played a back-and-forth game on Saturday, with the lead changing six times before Reno ultimately held on for an 11-10 victory. The Aces have won the first two games of the series.
Tacoma rallied to score four runs and take a 10-9 lead in the top of the eighth. Vinnie Catricala had the big hit, a two-out, two-run double to left to bring in the tying and go-ahead runs.
The lead was short-lived, as Reno scored twice in the bottom of the eighth to take a 11-10 lead.
Tacoma had runners at second and third with no outs, and the bases loaded with one out, but could not score the tying run in the top of the ninth.
Scott Savastano had three hits for Tacoma, while Catricala, Johan Limonta, Trayvon Robinson, and Luis Rodriguez each had two hits.
Before the game, we received word that reliever Shawn Kelley was promoted to Seattle, and Erasmo Ramirez was optioned to Tacoma.
Ramirez was working as the long man in Seattle, but he’s going to start for the Rainiers. In fact, Ramirez will start Monday’s series final in Reno. He takes the rotation spot of Jarrett Grube, who moves back into the bullpen for now.
Today’s game is at 1:05, and you can hear it on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts LHP Anthony Vasquez (3-1, 5.34) against Reno RHP Barry Enright (3-1, 1.99). Enright has been Reno’s best starting pitcher this year.
- The Rainiers game story from The News Tribune focuses on Jonathan Albaladejo and his risky, but ultimately successful, save attempt.
- My weekly Minor League Notebook for the TNT is on the Mariners Double-A relief pitchers.
- The paper has an item on the Kelley – Ramirez transaction.
- John McGrath enjoys Jesus Montero, who reminded him that he enjoys jokes about slow people.
- Felix Hernandez was in a groove, the offense produced, and the Mariners seven-game losing streak is over.
- Enjoy Larry Stone’s Sunday baseball package: a feature on Mariano Rivera, a notebook, power rankings, and thumbs.
- In the PCL, Fresno improved to 23-7 with a win in Colorado Springs last night.
- Catcher Travis d’Arnaud is heating up for Las Vegas.
- Reno skipper Brett Butler wants to manage in the major leagues.
- Shelby Miller pitched well, and Memphis beat Round Rock.
- Wow – Greg Maddux is a roving pitching coach for the Rangers; he showed up in Round Rock this week.
- Omaha beat Oklahoma City on a walk-off home run by Johnny Giavotella.
Time to head to the ballpark for some day baseball.