Andrew Carraway turned in a brilliant outing on Friday night in Las Vegas, carrying a no-hitter into the seventh inning in the Rainiers 10-1 victory.
Vegas No. 3 hitter Josh Satin broke up the no-no with one out in the seventh, singling cleanly through the left side of the infield. Carraway had to settle for seven shutout innings, while earning his third straight win. Carraway is now 3-1 with a 3.38 ERA on the year.
Meanwhile, the Rainiers hitters continue to sting the ball.
Rich Poythress returned to the lineup after missing eight games due to a bruised rib. He made an immediate impact, going 4-for-5 with two doubles and five RBI.
Tacoma had 15 hits while scoring double-digit runs for the fourth time in the last six games. It should be noted, however, that this is a Hitter’s Coast League road trip running through Salt Lake City and Vegas.
Cashman Field in Vegas in particular is a launching pad – which makes Carraway’s outing even more impressive.
Despite the current hitting conditions, Tacoma has played only six of its 22 games so far in hitter’s parks. Tacoma ranks second among the 16 PCL teams with 140 runs scored – an average of 6.36 runs scored per game.
The offense got a little bit better yesterday when Michael Saunders joined the team for a rehabilitation stint. Saunders had six plate appearances yesterday, going 0-for-3 with a walk, a sac fly, and a hit-by-pitch. The HBP was almost comically awful: he got drilled in the right shoulder, exactly where he was injured when he crashed into the outfield fence back on April 10. After the game, Saunders said he was fine and it was no big deal.
Saunders is scheduled to be here for the rest of this weekend only – but, if he is not deemed ready for the Mariners on Monday, he could continue his rehab with the Rainiers on the homestand starting Monday. This seems a bit unlikely; everyone is hoping he’s ready to return to Seattle that day.
The Rainiers also added a relief pitcher yesterday, filling the roster at 25. Right-hander Tyler Burgoon is up from Double-A Jackson, where he posted a 1.04 ERA in six appearances. Burgoon had 14 strikeouts in 8.2 innings pitched.
Today the Rainiers shoot for their fourth straight win, which will be a season-high if they get it. Game time is 7:05, the broadcast is on 850 AM and streaming right here, and RHP Jeremy Bonderman (0-2, 5.06) faces RHP Collin McHugh (2-0, 1.93).
- We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
- The news on Danny Hultzen was not bad: he has a rotator cuff strain, and will not throw for two weeks before dialing it up once again.
- The Angels jumped all over Aaron Harang and the Mariners on Friday night.
- It’s kind of cool that the Rainiers game Thursday turned up as part of a story in the New York Daily News – an article about Zack Wheeler dealing with the PCL.
- In the PCL, Cole Gillespie returned to his old stomping grounds and helped his Fresno Grizzlies defeat Reno, 9-8.
- A rehabbing Yoenis Cespedes crushed a three-run homer and Sacramento downed Salt Lake, 10-1.
- Colorado Springs shut out Tucson, 3-0, The Sky Sox lead the Pac-North with a 12-7 record.
- Johnny Giavotella had the game winning hit as Omaha beat Iowa in the tenth inning. Omaha manager Mike Jirschele missed it – he was ejected earlier.
- Former major league reliever Josh Lindblom worked into the seventh inning of Round Rock’s 4-3 win over Albuquerque. He’s 3-0 with a 1.90 ERA; this conversion looks good so far.
- Weird things happened in Nashville. Nothing is more exciting than a walk-off balk!
Seriously. A walk-off balk.