Blake Beavan tossed a gem, and the Tacoma Rainiers moved back into first place in the Pac-North standings with a 5-2 win over visiting Nashville on Monday night.
Beavan carried a shutout into the eighth inning, when Hunter Morris broke it up with a long solo home run. The homer didn’t matter much at the time: Tacoma held a 4-0 lead, and the only real drama was if there would be a shutout or not.
I should have mentioned Morris in my Nashville preview yesterday: he was the MVP of the Double-A Southern League last year, with 28 homers and 113 RBI. The Rainiers will pitch him carefully in this series.
Tacoma third baseman Alex Liddi had a nice game. Liddi was 3-for-4, with two singles, a home run, and three runs scored. He was on base when Carlos Peguero connected for his sixth home run of the season.
Tacoma has won three straight, improving to 27-18 overall. The Rainiers moved a half-game ahead of Colorado Springs, which lost in Albuquerque yesterday.
Tonight’s game is at 6:05, and you can hear it on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. For the phone or iPad, download the TuneIn app. Tacoma starts RHP Hector Noesi (0-0, 0.00) against Nashville RHP Johnny Hellweg (2-4, 3.72).
Noesi is starting in Jimmy Gillheeney‘s rotation spot. There is a chance that Gillheeney will pitch in relief of Noesi tonight – we’ll see what happens. This will be Noesi’s first game in Tacoma this season.
- We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
- Ryan Divish’s minor league report has video of Carlos Peguero‘s home run from last night.
- The games the Mariners are losing right now are incredible. Imagine if you were an Indians fan – this would be an amazing run of victories, wouldn’t it? And here we are, on the other side of it. Yuck.
- Larry Stone has a blog post on the crazy Cleveland series, and dealing with the aftermath.
- In the PCL, Albuquerque won the opening game against visiting Colorado Springs, 7-3.
- Round Rock shut out Reno, 4-0.
- Salt Lake rallied late against the beleaguered Memphis bullpen.
- Fresno took care of Oklahoma City, 10-3, as struggling prospect Gary Brown had two hits. The RedHawks minds were probably elsewhere – yes, it’s a good thing they were on the road when the tornadoes hit their town, but surely some of the players had families back in Oklahoma.
- Sacramento edged New Orleans in a well-pitched game.
- Omaha launched four dingers and beat Tucson, 11-8.
- Las Vegas was rained out in Iowa; they’ll play two today. The 51s are getting a spot-start from rising prospect Rafael Montero, who was striking out everybody at Double-A Binghamton.