A Loss For The Ages

I grew up listening to Hank Greenwald, the radio broadcaster for the San Francisco Giants. He used to have a saying that went something like this: “Every day that you go to the ballpark, you’ll see something new.”

Yesterday in Oklahoma City, I saw something I have never seen before. Unfortunately, it went against the Tacoma Rainiers.

Tacoma led 6-0 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, there was nobody on base, and the Rainiers lost the game.

It was the biggest ninth-inning comeback I’ve ever seen. Toss in the two outs, nobody-on-base factor and… it boggles the mind.

Four straight Oklahoma City hitters had two strikes, and three of them were behind in the count, 0-2, before reaching base. Jonathan Villar – the skinny shortstop who bats leadoff for them – hit a game-tying grand slam to dead center field.

Once the RedHawks scored six with two outs in the ninth, you just knew they were going to win the game. And win it they did, in the tenth inning on a Tacoma throwing error. Of course, that error came with two outs on a ball that should have ended the inning.

It was a weird, weird, weird day at the ballpark. Actually, it was perfectly normal for the first 53 outs. Then it got weird.

For all of the details and quotes from both managers, check the first link down below.

I’m very curious to see how the team bounces back. I think that they are going to be fine – it wasn’t as bad in the locker room as I thought it might be; I think the guys are going to shake this one off as a fluke and move along.

Tonight’s game is at 5:05 (Pacific), and the broadcast will be on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Blake Beavan (0-1, 9.00) against Oklahoma City RHP Asher “Half An Alphabet” Wojciechowski (0-0, 2.25).

Links:

  • All of the dirty details from yesterday’s game are in the Rainiers game story in The News Tribune.
  • The Daily Oklahoman has a story about Mike Zunino and the fast track.
  • The Mariners earned a split in Pittsburgh as Felix Hernandez continued his streak of dominance.
  • Michael Saunders is playing well for the Mariners.
  • In the PCL, former Rainiers lefty Ryan Feierabend earned the win as Round Rock won in Las Vegas, 9-5.
  • Things got weird in the Springs yesterday. It was Math Day, they had a big crowd, but a four-hour rain delay before the first pitch was a real bummer. Then scheduled starting pitcher Aaron Cook disappeared. The Sky Sox lost to Iowa, 8-6.
  • Chris Owings had a nice game as Reno defeated Omaha, 7-5.
  • New Orleans Zephyrs infielder Matt Downs has changed his name to Popcorn Downs. Not legally (yet). The Zephyrs beat Salt Lake, 3-2.
  • Oscar Taveras had two hits and two RBI to help Memphis to a 6-2 win over Sacramento.
  • Nashville topped Fresno, 5-2. The Sounds are now 9-22 on the year.
  • Tucson reliever Jorge Reyes is opening eyes after a move to the bullpen.

Let’s see if the Rainiers can turn this thing around tonight!

One Response to A Loss For The Ages

  1. Mac says:

    Wow. I turned it off and went back to work after 8. Thought it was in the bag.

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