Immediately after seeing their ten-game win streak come to a halt, the Rainiers bounced back for a 6-5 win over the Reno Aces on Sunday afternoon.
Tacoma jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning against Diamondbacks top prospect Tyler Skaggs. After back-to-back walks with one out, Alex Liddi doubled in a run, and Mike Zunino followed with a two-run double.
The game went back-and-forth for a few innings, with Reno taking a 5-4 lead in the top of the fourth.
Carlos Peguero tripled in the bottom of the fourth, scoring the tying run on Scott Savastano‘s ground ball. In the fifth, Carlos Triunfel tripled and scored the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly by Stefen Romero.
Starter Jimmy Gillheeney left after six innings with a 6-5 lead, and Tacoma’s bullpen was instrumental in the victory. Jhonny Nunez, Bobby LaFromboise, and Danny Farquhar worked through the last three innings without any drama, nailing down the victory.
Tacoma has won 11 of the last 12 games, and the Rainiers are 6-1 on this homestand with one game left.
The big challenge today: win the series against Reno. A victory today will do it. Tacoma has only won one four-game series against the Aces, who have been in the league since 2009. In 16 all-time series between the two teams, Reno has won nine (with five sweeps), there have been six splits, and Tacoma has won one. Time to double that last total!
Today’s game is at 11:35 AM, and Tacoma starts RHP Andrew Carraway (3-1, 3.38) against Reno RHP Randall Delgado (0-3, 9.62). The broadcast wil be live on 850 AM and streaming online right here. Pacific Northwest broadcasting legend Bob Robertson will join me in the booth and call the middle innings.
- We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune. In the story, Dave Boling notes that Jimmy Gillheeney was college baseball teammates with Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.
- The TNT has a story on Stefen Romero. This is a well-done feature.
- The Mariners were unable to pull off a sweep in Toronto, but a series win on the road is always a good thing.
- In the PCL, there were a bunch of unusual plays in Tucson’s 6-1 victory at Salt Lake City.
- Colorado Springs beat Fresno 9-6 to stay 1.5 games behind Tacoma. Fresno had some shoddy infield play.
- Zack Wheeler delivered six shutout innings and Las Vegas defeated Sacramento, 6-2.
- The weather finally cooperated in Des Moines, and the Iowa Cubs split a doubleheader with Oklahoma City.
- Irving Falu hit two triples and scored both runs in Omaha’s 2-1 ten-inning victory over Memphis.
- “Los Isotopes” were winners over New Orleans, 6-2. In the story, Topes manager Lorenzo Bundy had the quote of the day.
That’s all I have time for this morning – 11:35 AM game! On that note, the blog could get a little out-of-sorts the next few days. Here’s what is on the schedule:
- MON: 11:35 AM game in Tacoma.
- TUE: 3:00 AM wake-up and travel all day to Oklahoma City, go straight to the ballpark for a night game (5:05 Pacific).
- WED: 9:05 AM (Pacific) game in Oklahoma City.
This is our first real stretch of sleep deprivation this PCL season. No question the Rainiers will be playing zombie baseball on Wednesday morning (my opinion: home teams should not be allowed to schedule midweek day games the day after the visiting team travels across two time zones).
I’ll try to write an Oklahoma City RedHawks series preview on Monday night while I’m getting ready for the road trip, but posts on Tuesday and Wednesday will be quite brief. Unless I am stricken with insomnia, the next post with all of the links probably won’t happen until Thursday.