My theory I’ve been joking about all season – that all doubleheaders are splits – was proven wrong on Sunday.
Colorado Springs swept a doubleheader from Tacoma, winning the first game 9-6, and the second, 3-2.
Tacoma has lost five in a row and fallen 19 games under .500 for the first time since 2003.
Both games felt winnable yesterday.
The first one saw Tacoma fall behind early, 4-1. But the Rainiers tied the game with a three-run rally in the fourth, and then was ready to take the lead in the fifth until a baserunning blunder killed a rally. The Sky Sox then scored three runs in the bottom of the inning.
The second game was tied 2-2 after seven innings, so we went to extras. The Sky Sox won it in the bottom of the eighth when Brendan Harris singled in the winning run with the bases loaded.
Now, Tacoma turns to the youngest pitcher on the team to try to stop the losing streak and avoid a five-game sweep.
It’s daytime baseball on Monday, with first pitch set for 11:35 AM (Pacific). Tacoma starts LHP Danny Hultzen (1-1, 3.52) against Sky Sox RHP Alex White (1-4, 4.73). You can hear the broadcast on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here.
I’ll be curious to see how Hultzen fares today. He’s coming off his first excellent Triple-A start – and he’s also returning to the scene of the crime, Security Service Field, where he took a beat-down in his Triple-A debut. He could be highly motivated today.
- We start with my Rainiers game story for The News Tribune. One thing I’ve learned covering these games for years: it’s hard to give a lot of details in the alloted space when the team plays doubleheaders.
- Did you see Blake Beavan yesterday in Tampa? He was dealing. The Mariners went 5-2 on a seven-game road trip, and now they return home to face the suddenly losing (and probably angry about it) Yankees.
- Lots of talk about Justin Smoak being on the “hot seat.” The bigger question is, who would replace him?
- Sad news out of Las Vegas, where local broadcasting legend Bob Blum has passed away at age 91. Blum was a fixture in the Cashman Field press box for the last 20+ years, and I always enjoyed listening to his stories.
- My new favorite thing on the internet is this Baseball Prospectus piece (subscription required) on all 30 MLB television announcer’s home run calls.
- In the PCL on Sunday, Las Vegas stunned Reno with a three-run walk-off homer by David Cooper for a 7-5 win in the tenth inning.
- Tucson topped Sacramento, 5-3. The River Cats lead over Las Vegas has shrunk to 1.5 games.
- Fresno doubled up Salt Lake, 10-5, even though the Bees have Vernon Wells and Chris Ianetta on rehabilitation assignments.
- Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti showed up in Albuquerque to watch his Triple-A team beat Iowa. Isotopes starter Stephen Fife made an impression, striking out 12 Cubs.
- Holy smokes: Memphis hit two grand slams in one inning during a record-setting 24-7 win over Oklahoma City. I like the quote from Steven Hill, who went 5-for-5 with a salami: “It was fun.” Really?
- Holy smokes, part two: Round Rock scored five runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, tying up Omaha 7-7, and then won it in the 11th. Old pal Brad Nelson hit the game-tying homer and… wait, can this be true? According to the story, my main man Wil Myers is in a slump. No way.
Off to the ballpark – early baseball today! This is the final game in Colorado Springs. The Rainiers return home for a quick four-game homestand against Tucson, Tuesday-through-Friday.