Tacoma pulled off something new on Monday afternoon in Reno: a miracle comeback.
Trailing 10-6 going to the top of the ninth inning, Tacoma rallied to score five runs and claim an 11-10 win. Alex Liddi (he went 4-for-5) and Stefen Romero had big two-run doubles in the rally, with Romero’s game-winner coming with two outs.
The Rainiers earned a split of the four-game series, which was a nice turnabout seeing how it looked like it was going to be yet another series loss at Aces Ballpark.
Tacoma (31-21) gained a game on first place Colorado Springs, and the Rainiers are only a half-game out of first going into the big series that starts tonight.
Prior to yesterday’s game we had six roster moves.
The Mariners called up Nick Franklin and Hector Noesi, sending down Dustin Ackley and Lucas Luetge. Both Ackley and Luetge are expected to join the team today in Colorado.
Tacoma sent Jimmy Gillheeney to Double-A Jackson, and brought up Forrest Snow from Jackson. Snow pitched in relief yesterday.
Colorado Springs Preview
The Sky Sox are 31-19 on the season, good for first place in the Pac-North. Tacoma will play the Sky Sox 16 times this season, and tonight is the first game.
Colorado Springs missed a chance to get a four-game sweep of Fresno, dropping the final game of the series yesterday, 8-1.
Despite that score, the Sky Sox are in first place because of offense. They have a formidable lineup, featuring major league types like Tyler Colvin and Josh Rutledge along with young, dangerous hitters Ryan Wheeler and Matt McBride. The Sky Sox lead the PCL in runs scored and have a team batting average of .301.
Their pitching staff ranks in the middle of the league – and that’s not bad, considering the environment. Colorado Springs sits roughly 6,200 feet above sea level, and baseballs fly around Security Service Field. They installed a baseball humidor last year to prevent balls from drying out, and it seemed to temper the scoring a little bit.
The Sky Sox ace pitcher is Drew Pomeranz, and he is scheduled to start the final game of the series on Friday.
Colorado Springs has a new manager this year: Glenallen Hill, former major league outfielder who spent part of the 1998 season with the Mariners.
It will start at 6:05 (Pacific) and will air on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Jeremy Bonderman (2-4, 4.68) against Sky Sox RHP Drew Carpenter (1-4, 6.38).
- The Rainiers game story detailing the comeback has reaction from Alex Liddi.
- John McGrath wrote about the Dustin Ackley transaction.
- Aaron Harang tossed a shutout and the Mainers won their second in a row.
- Geoff Baker wrote about the Jeremy Bonderman situation. Today may be Bonderman’s last game with Tacoma.
- If you want to get depressed, read Baker’s blog post on the big picture.
- Nick Franklin was John Sickels’ prospect of the day.
- For ESPN Insiders: Keith Law updated his Top-25 Prospects list, and one Rainiers player appears.
- Baseball Prospectus subscribers can read Ben Lindbergh’s take on the Michael Pineda – Jesus Montero trade.
- In the PCL, the Sky Sox lost to Fresno yesterday, 8-1. Shane Loux pitched a complete game for the Grizzlies.
- The Colorado Springs paper has a preview of the big series with Tacoma. It contains the unfortunate news that I will have to endure another Jimmy Buffett Night.
- Tony Pena’s kid hit two homers and Las Vegas beat Salt Lake, 9-7.
- One day after losing 20-1, Tucson shut out Sacramento 2-0. As River Cats broadcaster Johnny Doskow said on twitter, this is why baseball is the greatest game.
- New Orleans was unable to finish off a sweep of Omaha. Kevin Kouzmanoff is getting healthy with the Zephyrs.
- An Iowa reliever has returned from Tommy John surgery.
- Albuquerque’s Alfredo Amezaga hit a three-run double in the ninth to beat Nashville.
This should be a fun series!