Team Effort Makes Eight Straight

The Rainiers won their eighth game in a row on Wednesday night, and everybody on the roster is contributing to this hot streak.

Yesterday the Rainiers were trailing at the 7th inning stretch, 2-1. Andrew Carraway had delivered another strong start, but the offense was surprisingly quiet – shut down by veteran Tim Stauffer of Tucson.

By the end of the sixth, both starting pitchers were finished. Jhonny Nunez relieved for Tacoma, working a scoreless top of the seventh.

In the bottom of the inning, Carlos Triunfel was hit by a pitch from Padres reliever Tommy Layne with one out. Scott Savastanto singled to left field, and Denny Almonte pulled a two-run double down the left field line to give the Rainiers a 3-2 lead.

Savastano and Almonte were hitting 8th and 9th in the lineup, and they came up big for the team last night.

Nunez – who entered the game with a 9.00 ERA – stayed in and pitched an easy 1-2-3 top of the eighth, and then Bobby LaFromboise nailed down his first save of the year. Nunez was credited with the win.

From June 29 to July 8, 2010, the Rainiers won nine straight games. The team will try to match that streak tonight.

We had another roster move yesterday before the game: the Mariners optioned pitcher Blake Beavan to Tacoma, and called up reliever Lucas Luetge.

Beavan is going to return to the starting rotation, and he will start on Saturday against the Reno Aces. Brian Sweeney will move back to the bullpen.

Tonight’s game is at 7:05, and it is Thirsty Thursday at Cheney Stadium – that means $2 beers, y’all. Tacoma starts RHP Jeremy Bonderman (1-2, 4.61) against Tucson RHP Sean O’Sullivan (1-1, 5.00). The broadcast is on 850 AM and streaming online right here.

On the broadcast front, I’ve been informed that MiLB now has a deal with TuneIn making Rainiers broadcasts available through their iPhone and Android apps. So, check it out if that’s your thing.

Links:

  • We start with the Rainiers game story written by Todd Milles of The News Tribune. The story includes some quotes from Nick Franklin on his fast start.
  • Franklin made Baseball America’s All-Prospect Team as the second baseman for the month of April.
  • Aaron Harang had a needed strong start, the Mariners scored eight runs, and things are looking up in Seattle.
  • John McGrath has a column about how the Mariners fan base is dwindling (or perhaps just hibernating).
  • The Arizona Republic has a feature story on former Rainiers hitting coach Jeff Pentland.
  • In the PCL, Sacramento pitcher Sonny Gray tossed a complete game 4-hitter and beat Fresno, 4-1. Gray needed only 94 pitches.
  • Fresno outfielder Francisco Peguero is big-league ready, according to their manager.
  • Hold the phone, the Salt Lake Bees have won a baseball game! Their seven-game losing streak is over.
  • Las Vegas is giving Reno a real work-over at Aces Ballpark, collecting 20 hits in a 14-8 win yesterday. Vegas goes for a sweep tonight.
  • In the small print, we learn that Reno will be adding outfielder Adam Eaton on a rehabilitation assignment starting… tomorrow in Tacoma. Yikes.
  • Round Rock’s Josh Lindblom shut out Iowa, 1-0. The Express added former Rainiers lefty Ryan Feierabend to the rotation. Iowa is moving Josh Vitters to the outfield.
  • Oklahoma City’s Wes Musick silenced the Sounds in Bricktown.
  • Omaha and New Orleans got suspended due to rain after exactly one half-inning yesterday in the Big Easy.
  • The internet is useless when it comes to trying to find a report on yesterday’s game in Albuquerque, a 6-4 win over Memphis.
  • Salt Lake RG and friend-of-the-blog Steve Klauke is a fan of the TV show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” and he has a hobby of hitting all of the featured restaurants in PCL towns. He blogged about his recent trip to Tacoma and the two “Triple-D” meals he enjoyed. Crown Bar! It’s not Triple-D (yet), but I’m taking Klauke to 1111 next time he comes to town.

More great weather in Tacoma – hope to see you at the ballpark!

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