Shut Out

The Rainiers were shut out by the top pitching staff in the PCL on Tuesday night, when New Orleans claimed a 2-0 victory.

Top prospect Jacob Turner turned in six scoreless innings – although it wasn’t easy. The Rainiers had eight hits off Turner, plus a pair of walks, and only struck out twice – yet a couple of base running blunders, plus some clutch pitching from Turner in big situations, kept Tacoma off the scoreboard.

Zephyrs relievers Robert Ray, Dan Jennings, and John Link combined to finish off the shutout.

The Rainiers had a solid outing from Andrew Carraway, who delivered five scoreless innings and actually had easier frames than Turner. David Pauley allowed an unearned run on an error and a suicide squeeze in the eighth, and a clean run on an RBI double by former Rainiers infielder Jeff Dominguez in the ninth.

The Rainiers had eight hits and drew four walks in the game – that usually will lead to a few runs. The team lost three runners on the basepaths, contributing mightily to the shutout.

It was the tenth time Tacoma has been shut out this season. The team has lost back-to-back games for the first time in two weeks – even with yesterday’s loss, Tacoma is 8-3 over the last 11 games.

Prior to the game, pitcher Steve Garrison was transferred back to Double-A Jackson, to make room for Erasmo Ramirez on Tacoma’s 25-man roster. Ramirez had been pitching on a rehabilitation assignment, and he didn’t count on the roster – but that’s over now. Erasmo is a regular member of the rotation again.

The move leaves the Rainiers with only four starting pitchers. While they do have candidates for a fifth – Pauley and Brian Sweeney – it seems likely that this move paves the way for Danny Hultzen to resume pitching duties. Hultzen has remained on the active roster while missing his last two starts, with the Mariners saying they are simply watching his innings total, and giving him a rest. Hultzen has been working in bullpen sessions with pitching coach Dwight Bernard.

So far, Daren Brown isn’t saying anything about Hultzen’s return – but I think we’ll probably see him on the mound again on the upcoming road trip to Tennessee.

Wednesday’s early game is at 11:35 AM – come join us for a baseball lunch! It’s the final game of the homestand. Tacoma starts RHP Hector Noesi (0-3, 8.17) against New Orleans LHP Brad Hand (8-5, 3.66). The Rainiers need a win to earn a series split.

Catch the broadcast on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tune in at 11:20 for the pre-game show, which will include part two of my interview with Mr. Mariner Alvin Davis. Or you can just listen to the whole interview online – it’s posted near the bottom of the Rainiers home page.

Links:

  • We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
  • The Mariners took a tough loss in Baltimore, and they got hosed by the umpire. That’s not something I say or write unless it’s entirely true and obvious: they got hosed by the umpire.
  • Former Rainiers and Mariners lefty Garrett Olson was called up by the Mets.
  • I was going to skip the PCL links today, because of the early game, but then I realized I would be letting Tim Grubbs down. So…
  • Salt Lake is smokin’ hot. The Bees whacked Oklahoma City last night, 10-3. They’ve won six in a row.
  • Ryan Verdugo tossed a gem, and my main man Wil Myers had three hits in Omaha’s 6-1 takedown of Colorado Springs.
  • For all of you Triple-A managers in the reading audience: the Iowa Cubs had their starting pitcher scratched for the fourth time in a week. They still beat Reno, 7-4. Adam Eaton Watch: he was 3-for-5 and is now hitting .384.
  • Albuquerque outfielder Matt Angle is playing well – but he didn’t get to play at all yesterday, because Tucson and the ‘Topes were rained out. They’ll try to play two today.
  • Round Rock rolled Las Vegas in the bottom of the ninth inning, 5-4. Luis Hernandez had the game-winning hit.
  • Fresno’s Eric Hacker joined Sean O’Sullivan in the 12-win club, beating Memphis, 6-4.
  • Nashville edged Sacramento 5-4 on a wild pitch in the ninth inning. That’s two straight Sounds wins at Raley Field.

That’s all we’ve got today, due to the early game. We are “off” on Thursday (actually, we’re spending the day flying to Memphis, which is no off-day at all except we should get there in time for a nice dinner). There will be no blog on Thursday, and we’ll be back with a full entry on Friday to start the Tennessee road trip.

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