Nashville beat Tacoma in the bottom of the ninth inning last night, 3-2, on a two-out, game-winning RBI double by Jordan Brown that came on a full count pitch.
It was nothing new for the Sounds, who may not be playoff bound this year, but are entertaining their fans nonetheless: the Sounds have scored the winning run in their final at-bat in 21 of their 57 wins this season.
Think about that for a minute. Nearly half of their wins have come in the final at-bat.
The complexion of their team has a lot to do with it: Nashville has a top-five pitching staff in the PCL, but offensively they rank last in runs scored and batting average, and they are next-to-last in hitting home runs. Add all of that up and you get a lot of low-scoring games, which are often decided when a run is pushed across in the late innings.
Nashville has played more games decided by one or two runs than any other team in the PCL, and they have played more extra-inning games than anyone else.
So let’s be prepared for more nail-biters like last night.
Game two of the series is tonight at 5:05 (Pacific). Tacoma starts RHP Erasmo Ramirez (4-3, 3.44) against RHP Claudio Vargas (5-1, 3.64). Catch the broadcast on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here.
- For a report on how Danny Hultzen did last night, and a look at how the Rainiers fell in the late innings, check out my Rainiers game story for The News Tribune.
- The Mariners had a dramatic victory in the bottom of the ninth inning, ending Tampa’s seven-game win streak.
- Ready or not, Justin Smoak is back with the Mariners.
- In the PCL, Michael Cuddyer went 4-for-4 on a rehabilitation assignment with Colorado Springs, and Brandon Wood slammed a granny in a 12-9 win over Albuquerque.
- In the previous story, Jeff Marquez signed with the Rockies and pitched in relief for the Sky Sox last night.
- Brad Hand had a no-hitter through six innings, but six walks and eight strikeouts led to 112 pitches and he was removed from the game. The no-hitter ended, but New Orleans held on to beat Sacramento, 2-1.
- Jaime Garcia had a good rehab outing, but Memphis lost to Salt Lake, 5-2.
- The Las Vegas newspaper has Wil Myers fever. Omaha shut out Vegas behind Jake Odorizzi.
- Iowa used the good ol’ seven-run inning to overcome a 7-1 deficit and beat Tucson, 12-7. Jesus Merchan is hitting well for Tucson.
- RedHawks fans can remove those paper bags from their heads – Oklahoma City’s ten-game losing streak has come to an end.
- From Baseball America we have a nice post on how Reno’s Trevor Bauer is faring well despite pitching on a gravity-free planet.
That’s all, folks.