Redbirds Take Opener

The Rainiers dropped the opening game of the homestand to Memphis on Thursday night, 6-5 in ten innings.

The Rainiers were trailing 5-1 in the eighth inning, having been shut down by Redbirds top prospect Michael Wacha.

Once Wacha was out of there, the Rainiers rallied to score three runs in the eighth inning, then tie the game with two outs in the ninth on a clutch hit by Corey Patterson.

Unfortunately, Memphis immediately responded with a run in the top of the tenth. Centralia native Brock Peterson had the game-winning RBI double for the Redbirds.

The Rainiers showed a lot of heart battling back in the late innings, and they nearly did it again in the tenth by collecting a pair of two-out singles before the final out.

The team tries to bounce back tonight with Andrew Carraway on the mound. He comes into tonight’s game ranked 9th in the PCL with a 3.09 ERA.

Tonight’s game is at 7:05, and it’s Friday Night Fireworks. Tacoma starts RHP Andrew Carraway (4-1, 3.09) against Memphis LHP Tyler Lyons (2-1, 4.39). Catch the broadcast on South Sound Sports 850 AM or streaming online right here. If you use an iPad, try this link.

Links:

  • We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
  • The Mariners minor league report has a video of Franklin Gutierrez’s hit for Tacoma last night.
  • Here’s an MLB blog from an Italian perspective on Rainiers third baseman Alex Liddi.
  • The Mariners sneaked out of New York City with a series win over the Yankees.
  • Two current Memphis players made this week’s Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet.
  • In the PCL, Colorado Springs ace Drew Pomeranz improved to 6-0 on the year with a 5-3 victory at Round Rock. Martin Perez started for the Express; he’s coming back from a spring training injury.
  • Reno scored five runs in the ninth to beat Albuquerque, 8-3, resulting in some salty quotes from ‘Topes manager Lorenzo Bundy.
  • Nashville starter John Hellweg missed the strike zone by an (angry) inch last night in Salt Lake City. He walked six batters over six shutout innings, beating the Bees 7-2.
  • It was a Rehab Battle in Iowa, where Matt Garza and the Iowa Cubs out-dueled Clayton Richard and the Tucson Padres, 1-0.
  • Several Oklahoma City players were unable to make it to Sacramento due to travel problems, but the RedHawks still beat the River Kitties, 7-2.
  • Chris Heston delivered seven shutout innings in Fresno’s 4-0 win over New Orleans.
  • Omaha held off Las Vegas, 5-4.

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