Carraway Stops Skids

The Rainiers ended their Memphis losing streak on Sunday evening, taking down the Redbirds, 4-2. It was Tacoma’s first regular-season win at Autozone Park since July 29, 2008 – a six-game losing streak.

The victory also ended the team’s current five-game losing streak, and Tacoma can get a split of the series with a victory today.

I wrote a lot about Andrew Carraway in the newspaper story – first link down below – but to reiterate, he was terrific last night. Carraway lasted seven innings, allowed four singles, one run, and only one walk while striking out three. He was in complete command all night long.

Luis Rodriguez and Luis Jimenez each homered, with Jimenez again hitting a tape-measure blast. Scott Savastano made a start in left field and hit a double and a triple, scoring one run and driving in another.

Tacoma infielder Nick Franklin missed the game to tend to a personal matter. He’ll rejoin the team in Nashville on Wednesday.

The final game of the Memphis series is tonight at 5:05 (Pacific). Tacoma starts RHP Hector Noesi (0-4, 7.24) against Memphis RHP Trevor Rosenthal (0-0, 6.30). Catch the broadcast on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here.

Links:

  • We start with my Rainiers game story from The News Tribune, focusing on Andrew Carraway‘s tremendous outing last night.
  • The story from the Memphis paper is very thorough, has a quote from Scott Savastano, and reveals that Memphis slugger Matt Adams is having surgery tomorrow and is done for the year.
  • The Mariners played a great game and beat Jered Weaver and the Angels yesterday.
  • Injury update: Mike Carp strained a hip yesterday, and Franklin Gutierrez continues to suffer from headaches.
  • USS Mariner has its weekly Minor League Wrap.
  • Also at the USS Mariner blog, a very interesting post on the Mariners wealth of options at the second base position.
  • We get word from the Everett Aqua Sox that catcher Mike Zunino has been promoted to Double-A Jackson. That’s a huge, huge, huge jump and it will be very interesting to see if he is able to hit at all there.
  • Cincinnati Reds pitcher Jonny Cueto is a National League Cy Young Award candidate. We don’t normally link to this type of thing, except we do here because Cueto is the closest thing we have to a Curto in MLB history.
  • In the PCL, we had an amazing offensive display last night. Omaha had 33 hits – just four shy of the league record – in a 20-3 win at Tucson. Six players had four-or-more hits, with Wil Myers and Clint Robinson each collecting five hits. Tucson threw behind the head of my main man, and he homered a few pitches later. Box score right here.
  • On the other side of the spectrum, Garrett Richards tossed a gem and Salt Lake beat Nashville, 2-1.
  • Las Vegas split their doubleheader with Iowa, and Sean O’Sullivan became the first PCL pitcher to reach 13 wins.
  • Fresno pitcher Boof Bonser issued two bases loaded walks and New Orleans beat the Grizzlies, 4-2.
  • Greg Reynolds returned to his old stomping grounds and his Round Rock Express won in a rout at Colorado Springs.
  • In Iowa, the city is looking at making another small improvement to Principal Park. This is why it has remained one of the top stadiums in the PCL for over 20 years: they keep making small investments to keep the facility up to date.

Early blog today – they are booting me out of my hotel room at 12:30, and the game is at 7:05 (locally – that’s 5:05 Pacific). This conundrum means that I have to wander the streets of Memphis for hours, during Elvis Week. Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated.

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