Erasmo Ramirez tossed a gem, carrying a shutout into the eighth inning and pitching Tacoma to a 4-1 victory over Tucson on Monday afternoon.
The victory gave Tacoma a series win over the Padres, three games to one. Tacoma has won five of the last six games, and the team has gone 12-5 over the last 17 games.
With the win, Rainiers manager Daren Brown moved past Dan Rohn to the top of the Tacoma all-time manager wins list.
Here are the leaders, the years they managed, and their records.
- Daren Brown, 2007-current. 376-366
- Dan Rohn, 2001-2005. 375-340
- Dave Myers, 1996-2000. 366-343
- Whitey Lockman, 1967-1970. 269-316
- Red Davis, 1960-1962. 259-203
Obviously, longevity is a big part of racking up the wins. Lockman held the title of most wins for nearly 30 years, and he had a losing record! But he managed the Tacoma Cubs for four years, and he won a PCL title with his 1969 team (his other three teams were bad).
Brown is in his sixth season, which is a record in itself. However, he missed a third of the 2010 season when he was promoted to Seattle as Mariners interim manager (Jose Castro got credit for Tacoma wins while Brown was in the majors). Brown’s teams have been to the playoffs twice and won one PCL title (although Brown was in the majors when it happened).
His best season in terms of wins and losses was 2008, when the team went 80-64. Eighty wins in the PCL is almost always playoff worthy – but that was the year Salt Lake started the season 22-1 and held first place from wire to wire. Brown is still amazed by that season – Tacoma opened the season a respectable 13-10 and was eight games out of first place!
The most dramatic was the 2009 season, when Brown’s comeback kids overcame a 7.5-game deficit over the final 17 days of the season and won th division title on the last game of the year. That was a miraculous finish.
We’ll see how 2012 plays out. Brown’s club is 3.5 games behind first place Reno, and there are still 93 games to play.
Tacoma plays at Reno this week, with a four-game series starting with a game on Tuesday night at 7:05. Tacoma starts RHP Andrew Carraway (2-0, 2.21) against Reno RHP Joe Martinez (2-3, 5.87). The broadcast is on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here.
Tacoma has always struggled at Aces Ballpark, and the Rainiers have already been swept there this season. But Tacoma has a much stronger lineup this time around, and I think we’ll see some better results.
Reno just split a four-gamer at Sacramento. Tacoma will not face Reno Aces top prospect Trevor Bauer, who pitched on Monday.
It should be a fun series!
- We’ll lead off with Ryan Divish’s Rainiers game story from The News Tribune, focusing on Daren Brown‘s accomplishment.
- The Mariners lost in Texas, and that’s five in a row. This team is streaky!
- Ho-hum, he did it again. Danny Hultzen tossed six scoreless innings for Double-A Jackson, lowering his ERA to a Southern League leading 1.59. He’s allowed two runs on 15 hits in his last 26 innings pitched. I wonder if this is boring for him?
- The greatest hitter anyone has ever seen came out to the ballpark in San Francisco and had some interesting things to say. I wonder if this was a step to try to heal his reputation? He certainly sounds a little older and wiser.
- In the PCL, Reno’s Trevor Bauer was once again both wild and unhittable, pitching the Aces to a 10-2 win at Sacramento.
- Baseball America says the Rainiers are going to have to look out for Reno third baseman Ryan Wheeler this week.
- As expected, Manny Ramirez will not be activated by Oakland on Wednesday. Will he still be with Sacramento on Saturday when they come to Tacoma? Who knows?
- New Salt Lake hitting coach Francisco Matos has a problem: the Bees aren’t hitting. Salt Lake lost to Las Vegas and has dropped five in a row.
- Fresno outscored Colorado Springs 10-8, and the Grizzlies are now 19 games over .500 and have the PCL’s best record.
- I’m developing a mancrush on Omaha’s Wil Myers, who went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI in a 6-3 win at New Orleans.
- Matt Kemp wrapped up his two-day rehabilitation assignment with Albuquerque in style: three hits, and a homer. He went 5-for-7 with two homers in two games.
- Round Rock put three on the board in the tenth inning and defeated Nashville, 8-5.
Off to the airport – gotta fly to Reno!