Carlos Triunfel has his second-straight game-winning hit on Sunday, launching a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Rainiers a 6-5 win over Memphis.
This came after he had the go-ahead RBI double with two outs in the eighth inning on Saturday. That’s a nice little run of clutch hits for Triunfel.
Once again it was a comeback win for the Rainiers, who trailed 5-3 after five innings. Jonathan Arias was a big part of the comeback – he delivered 2.1 perfect innings of scoreless relief in his Triple-A debut.
Brian Sweeney earned the win with shutout relief in the eighth and ninth innings. Sweeney is now 5-1 on the year, with a solid 3.24 ERA.
Tacoma earned a series split by winning the final two games against Memphis.
The Nashville Sounds have not gotten off to a good start in 2013.
The previous sentence is a bit of an understatement.
The Milwaukee Brewers Triple-A club is 12-29 on the year. That’s the worst record in the PCL, and it is not close (Reno is next-worst at 17-27).
However, Nashville has started out its road trip with a decent result: a split in Salt Lake City. They almost won the series – Salt Lake catcher Luke Carlin hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the tenth inning for an 8-7 win yesterday.
Prior to the Salt Lake series, the Sounds had lost 15 of their last 18 games.
Nashville ranks 16th (last) in the league in team batting average, and 15th in runs scored. The pitching staff has a 4.86 ERA, which ranks 12th in the league.
The Sounds top hitter is infielder Scooter Gennett, who is batting .313. Outfielder Khris Davis is a very good hitter who is simply not hitting right now, batting .200 in 60 at-bats (with five homers, however).
Nashville has two starting pitching prospects of some regard, in Johnny Hellweg and Tyler Thornburg who start on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. Both are struggling in some way – Hellweg has been wild, and Thornburg is getting hit.
There are no former Rainiers on the Nashville Sounds.
Of note, Sounds manager Mike Guerrero is not going to be with the team during this series due to personal reasons. Brewers field coordinator Charlie Greene will be managing in his place.
Monday’s game will start at 6:05. The broadcast is on South Sound Sports 850 AM, streaming online right here, and available on your phone or iPad via the TuneIn app. Tacoma starts RHP Blake Beavan (1-2, 4.86) against Nashville RHP R.J. Seidel (0-0, 5.40).
- The Rainiers game story has reaction from starting pitcher James Paxton and manager John Stearns.
- John McGrath has an excellent column about Nate Tenbrink.
- The Mariners had a rough one yesterday in Cleveland. Even Felix Hernandez gets knocked around every now and then.
- Ryan Divish has an item on why Franklin Gutierrez is going to be playing some right field during this rehabilitation stint.
- The News Tribune’s area baseball player of the year is expected to be a first round draft pick next month.
- In the PCL, here is the story from Salt Lake City on the Bees dramatic win over Nashville yesterday. Salt Lake outfielder Trent Oeltjen is proud of his Australian heritage.
- Colorado Springs stayed ahead of Tacoma in the standings by topping Round Rock in the 10th inning, 3-1.
- Reno made a big comeback in the top of the ninth, only to lose in the bottom at Albuquerque yesterday.
- Oklahoma City took advantage of a bevy of Sacramento errors.
- Former Rainiers slugger Brad Nelson had a huge game to lead Iowa to a 7-3 win over Tucson. Iowa’s Ian Stewart is going through an interesting time.
- Omaha waited out a rain delay and beat Las Vegas, 4-3.
- The Las Vegas Sun has a slideshow of PCL ballparks and I was excited to link to it… and the I got to the Cheney Stadium photo, which is from before the renovation and includes a paragraph riddled with errors. Give us a call and ask some questions next time, Las Vegas Sun.
Looking forward to Triunfel’s third straight game-winning hit tonight!