Rainiers Sputter In Opener

Tacoma lost the opening game of the eight-game Tennessee road trip on Friday night in Memphis, 3-1. It was a frustrating loss to a team that entered play 31 games under .500.

Really, the Rainiers beat themselves last night. Tacoma scored in the first inning on a two-out RBI single by Alex Liddi, but then proceeded to strand 12 runners on base over the remainder of the game.

Still, Tacoma took a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning before allowing three runs on a bunch of walks issued by two pitchers who rarely walk anybody, with a costly error mixed in as well.

When Erasmo Ramirez and Brian Sweeney start walking hitters, something weird is going on. Ramirez walked the first two batters to open the inning, and an error loaded up the bases. After a Cedric Hunter single tied the game, Brian Sweeney walked the first man he faced to force in the go-ahead run.

Ramirez entered the game with eight walks in 50 innings pitched, and Sweeney had issued 21 walks in 78.1 innings.

The Rainiers look to even-up the series today at 4:05 (Pacific). Tacoma starts RHP D.J. Mitchell (0-1, 1.50) against Memphis RHP Shelby Miller (7-9, 5.25). Catch the broadcast on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here.

Links:

  • I wrote the Rainiers game story for The News Tribune, focusing a bit on a controversial call at third base. The Memphis paper features starting pitcher Tyler Lyons, who earned the win.
  • The News Tribune has an article about Justin Smoak and what he is trying to accomplish working with hitting coach Jeff Pentland.
  • The Mariners lost on a walk-off wild pitch. As Larry LaRue would say, yikes!
  • Jason Churchill has a post on Mariners Double-A starter Brandon Maurer, who is having an excellent season and should be with the Rainiers next season.
  • In the PCL, Las Vegas is trying to keep pace with first-place Sacramento despite losing seven of its top ten hitters. The 51s beat Iowa last night in the bottom of the ninth inning.
  • Reno set a team record for runs in a 22-8 dusting of the Isotopes. That’s going to be a high-scoring series. Adam Eaton watch: 2-for-4, .384. Tyler Graham is off the disabled list and playing for the Aces.
  • Nashville beat Salt Lake with two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning.
  • The Tucson paper caught up with catcher Eddy Rodriguez, who was recently promoted from Class-A to the majors. He’s now with Tucson.
  • Fresno beat up on New Orleans, 9-2. Francisco Peguero had four hits.
  • Sacramento shut out Oklahoma City, 3-0. Rehabilitating A’s pitcher Brett Anderson – who is from Oklahoma – pitched six scoreless innings to earn the win.
  • Cory Riordan pitched well and Colorado Springs held off Round Rock, 7-3. The story includes a humidor update – they think its working.

Off to eat some tasty (but fattening we are ignoring that this week) Southern food and then head to the ballpark!

2 Responses to Rainiers Sputter In Opener

  1. Tom Heavey says:

    If you don’t eat at Charlie Vergo’s Rendezvous, you are wasting a trip to Memphis.

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