The Rainiers won their tenth game in a row on Friday night, 7-6 over Reno in the opening game of a four-game series. The series continues with Throwback Weekend today at 5:00.
Tacoma jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two innings, as six of the first ten batters of the game had hits (including a leadoff home run from Nate Tenbrink in the first inning).
James Paxton was very impressive through four innings – heck, he was better than that. He retired the first 13 batters he faced, striking out eight of them. He ended up leaving after five innings, with a 5-1 lead.
The Rainiers made it 7-1 in the bottom of the sixth. Scott Savastano and Jesus Sucre each had a pair of RBI singles in the game.
Then things got tough. A couple of runs scored, and then with two on and two outs in the top of the seventh, the Rainiers misplayed a pop fly (due to an apparent communication problem). This led to three runs scoring, and suddenly it was 7-6 and it was nail-biting time.
Reno had the tying runner in scoring position in the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings. Logan Bawcom, Brian Moran, and Danny Farquhar navigated the trouble and closed it out for the Rainiers.
The misplayed pop fly was exactly the type of thing that the Rainiers have been avoiding during most of this winning streak. The fact that they made that mistake and still won… the fact that three starters (Carlos Peguero, Mike Zunino and Stefen Romero) were on the bench and they still won… the fact that they have a new manager who is feeling his way around and they still won… this is a really good team right now.
This is the
second fourth time Tacoma has won ten straight games since the turn of the century (they also did it in 2008). We know that the franchise record is 16 straight, set in 1961. We’re not sure of other streaks between ten and 15 – maybe one of the great teams from the past, like the 1978 Tacoma Yankees or the 1969 Tacoma Cubs, ripped off 12 straight wins or something. We just don’t have the historical records, which is too bad.
Today’s game is at 5:05 PM, and it is the Tacoma Tigers portion of our Throwback Weekend. The first 1,500 fans get a free Tacoma Tigers hat, but they are going to run out quickly so get there early if you want one. The Rainiers will be wearing Tigers throwback jerseys. Tacoma starts RHP Blake Beavan (2013 PCL debut) against Reno RHP Charles Brewer (1-2, 5.06). The broadcast will be on 850 AM and streaming right here.
- We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune. The story includes quotes from James Paxton and John Stearns.
- Felix Hernandez has historically struggled with Toronto – but not this time. He delivered eight shutout innings in a 4-0 Mariners win last night.
- Daren Brown talked about his new gig as Mariners third base coach, and gives some details about the position.
- Mariners manager Eric Wedge discussed the Daren Brown – John Stearns moves.
- In the PCL, Colorado Springs stunned Fresno in dramatic fashion. Sky Sox starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz has taken a giant step forward.
- Efren Navarro led Salt Lake to an 8-4 win over the reeling Tucson Padres.
- Sacramento’s Bruce Billings and two relievers shut out Las Vegas, 3-0.
- The Albuquerque newspaper said that the 11,000+ fans “had to endure” an ugly game before getting their fireworks show. Hey, at least the Topes won!
- Round Rock beat Nashville in the 12th inning, 5-4. That was long after Express starter Ryan Feierabend – the former Rainiers lefty – had departed the game in his Round Rock debut
- Memphis topped the Storm Chasers, 3-1, on a frigid night in Omaha.
- The Iowa Cubs got snowed out in Des Moines again. The picture on this story is awsome.
- Does the mascot life intrigue you? No? Good. But, if it does, well… here’s a Las Vegas Review-Journal story on the men who portray Las Vegas 51s mascot Cosmo.
It’s another beautiful day for baseball in Tacoma!