The Rainiers had their second walk-off victory in three days on Tuesday, when Stefen Romero singled home the winning run with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the Rainiers an 8-7 victory over the Nashville Sounds.
Romero’s hit capped a wild finish that saw Nick Franklin single-handedly manufacture the tying run in the seventh, the Rainiers take the lead in the eighth on a safety squeeze, Nashville tie it up in the top of the ninth while bungling a chance for more runs, and the Rainiers finally win it in the last of the ninth.
The Rainiers have won four games in a row, and have matched their season-best at ten games over .500 (28-18). Tacoma has the best record in the Pacific Coast League.
Hector Noesi started yesterday, taking the rotation spot of Jimmy Gillheeney. The Rainiers have six starting pitchers on the roster right now, and it looks like Gillheeney will work out of the bullpen for a spell (the Rainiers are short a reliever, so Gillheeney can help in the bullpen). Yesterday he made his first relief appearance since 2009, and the third of his career.
On the line-up front, manager John Stearns continues to fight a daily battle to keep all of his players fresh. With Franklin Gutierrez playing right field during his rehabilitation assignment, Stearns has had an additional regular player sitting on the bench every day. The logjam of position players will continue as long as Gutierrez remains here.
Tonight’s game is at 7:05, and you can hear it on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. The TuneIn app works on smart phones and iPads. Tacoma starts RHP Andrew Carraway (4-1, 3.19) against Nashville RHP Tyler Thornburg (0-5, 6.80).
- We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
- Ryan Divish checked in on former Rainiers manager Daren Brown, to see how his family is doing in Oklahoma.
- The Mariners had a disaster in Anaheim.
- Larry Stone writes that the time for Mariners change is right now.
- Ken Rosenthal tried to come to some conclusions about the Mariners, but failed.
- The Minnesota Twins called up a really unlikely guy from Triple-A. Seven years in independent leagues!
- In the PCL, Albuquerque downed Colorado Springs, 7-3, and the Sky Sox now trail Tacoma by 1.5 games in the standings. Oklahoma native Rusty Ryal had a big hit for the ‘Topes while his mind was on his family at home.
- Martin Perez and the Round Rock Express shut out Reno, 6-0.
- There were 11,000 elementary school kids at the Salt Lake Bees game yesterday, and the Bees crushed Memphis, 10-3. Clearly the Redbirds pitching staff was demoralized by the repeated “belly itcher” accusations.
- New Orleans rallied in the tenth to beat Sacramento, 4-3, on a day in which their starting pitcher was scratched prior to first pitch.
- Baseball is weird: tied up 2-2, the Tucson Padres scored three runs in the top of the tenth inning without getting a hit in a 5-2 win at Omaha.
- Oklahoma City ripped Fresno, 15-2. San Francisco Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong suffered an injury, so now the question is which Fresno starter is going to get the call?
- The Iowa Cubs swept a doubleheader from visiting Las Vegas. Tough loss in game one for Mets prospect Rafael Montero in his Triple-A debut: he carried a shutout into the 7th, but a 1-0 lead disappeared and his inherited runner scored the winning run.
- He’s here in Tacoma right now, so we might as well get to know Nashville super-utilityman Josh Prince.