Tacoma lost a 4 hour, 21 minute marathon in Fresno last night in 12 innings, 4-3. Fresno’s Emmanuel Burriss singled home the winning run with two outs to end it.
The loss dropped Tacoma’s record to 62-80 on the year – and it’s the first time Tacoma has lost 80 games in a season since the 1994 Tacoma Tigers lost 81 games.
The 1994 season was the last year of Tacoma’s 14-year affiliation with the Oakland A’s. The team hooked up with the Mariners in 1995 and had not reached 80 losses since (the closest was a 66-78 record in 2003).
The number 80 – in terms of wins or losses – is a number I look at as a landmark going into the 144-game PCL schedule. If you win 80 games, that is usually enough to reach the playoffs. If you lose 80 games, that is usually enough to take last place.
Tacoma has two games left. Hopefully this season can end on a positive note, with a win or two and some strong individual efforts.
Tonight’s game is at 6:05 and you can hear the broadcast on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Hector Noesi (1-6, 6.12) against Fresno RHP Boof “Not A Typo” Bonser (0-2, 4.34).
- I can’t find the Rainiers game story on The News Tribune website, probably because by the time I sent it in it was nearly midnight. We do have a report from the Fresno Bee.
- However, I did find my Minor League Notebook looking at the PCL playoffs.
- There must be something wrong with the internet – all of the stories, like this one, say that Felix Hernandez lost a game yesterday. That can’t be right.
- There is no Seattle Times Sunday baseball package from Larry Stone. The man is on vacation. Boooooooo!
- In the PCL, Albuquerque had a chance to clinch the American-South with a win last night – but it didn’t happen. One Isotopes win or one Oklahoma City loss gives the title to Albuquerque. The Dodgers called up PCL Pitcher of the Year John Ely.
- Round Rock had a big ninth inning comeback and put a serious dent in Oklahoma City’s playoff aspirations.
- Sacramento scored twice in the ninth to beat Salt Lake and end a long, long night.
- Colorado Springs out-slugged Las Vegas, 10-9, in front of a sellout crowd.
- Memphis dropped Nashville in the tenth inning, 5-4.
The Sunday links turned out to be a dud. I’m blaming college football season.