Rainiers Win Fourth Straight, Go For Sweep

The Rainiers made it four straight wins with an 8-2 victory in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

The game was much closer than the final score indicates – it was 5-2 for the majority of it, and Danny Farquhar escaped a big jam in the bottom of the eighth before Tacoma scored three insurance runs in the top of the ninth to seal it up.

Jeremy Bonderman earned is first win of the season – and his first since 2010. He lasted six innings, allowing two runs (both on solo home runs). It was the best outing of his comeback bid so far.

Tacoma has had back-to-back high-quality starting pitching performances in a very tough place to pitch. Another one today should lead to a sweep of the four-game series.

The final game of the road trip is at 12:05 today, when LHP James Paxton (1-2, 6.61) faces RHP Chris Schwinden (2-2, 6.75). Catch the broadcast on 850 AM or streaming right here.

Links:

  • Here is the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
  • Felix tossed a gem and the Mariners beat the Angels, 3-2.
  • Larry Stone’s Sunday baseball package has a column on if it is too late for the young Mariners position players, a notebook, and power rankings.

Sorry for the paucity of links, these 12:05 games in Las Vegas come earlier than the 12:05 games everywhere else.

2 Responses to Rainiers Win Fourth Straight, Go For Sweep

  1. Jim Osmer says:

    Is Nick Franklin getting any time at shortstop? Second base appears to be blocked by Ackley. Impressive that he is now hitting right handed well and has more walks than strikeouts.

  2. Jim – he plays SS about twice a week or so. Mike (and most others) believe that he best fits at 2nd. And while I understand that’s where he fits in best, that is not where the Mariners needs are greatest right now. If he can play SS and not be a huge defensive liability and can hit…its worth..in my humble opinion.

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