The Rainiers won the opening game of the Colorado Springs series on Tuesday night, 5-4.
It was the first of 16 games between the two teams this season, and if it served as a preview of how the season series is going to go, we are in for a lot of exciting games.
Tacoma moved into first place with the win, a half-game ahead of the Sky Sox.
The key yesterday was the relief pitching of Brian Moran and Logan Bawcom, and I wrote about them in the game story (link down below).
Here I want to talk about Brian Sweeney, who earned the win despite not having a real good outing (by his standards). Sweeney allowed three runs over 2.2 innings, but Tacoma took the lead while he was on the hill.
Sweeney improved his season won-loss record to 6-1. The victory was the 34th of his career in a Tacoma uniform, and he is now tied for sixth on the all-time Tacoma win list. Here’s how it looks:
- Ron Herbel (1961-1963, 1972) – 43
- Mark Wiley (1972-1976) – 40
- Steve Luebber (1972-1973, 1975, 1977) – 39
- Eddie Bane (1974-1977) – 38
- Gerry Thomas (1962-1964) – 36
- Mike Pazik (1974-1976), Brian Sweeney (1999-2000, 2002-2003, 2010, 2012-2013) – 34
He needs nine wins to tie Herbel. Seems unlikely for 2013, but you never know!
Tonight’s game is at 6:05, and you can hear it on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Andrew Carraway (5-1, 2.98) against Colorado Springs RHP Chris Volstad (2-0, 4.02).
- We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune. The story focused on Tacoma’s pitching yesterday.
- Mike Zunino spoke to the Colorado Springs paper about the Rainiers pitching approach.
- The Mariners lost to the Padres, 6-1. They have some injury issues.
- The Seattle Times has more reaction from Nick Franklin on his call-up.
- Jackson Generals broadcaster Chris Harris did a fine job handling the skunk delay last night in Tennessee. Video.
- Speaking of Jackson, Erasmo Ramirez tossed five innings yesterday in his first appearance of the year. He’ll be in Tacoma soon, I think.
- In the PCL, Reno’s Kila Ka’aihue hit his league-leading 15th home run and the Aces won in Las Vegas, 6-5.
- Sacramento is heating up – the River Cats topped Salt Lake last night, 9-4.
- Tucson took down Fresno, 5-1. The story focuses on reliever Colt Hynes.
- Nashville interim manager Charlie Green is fitting in nicely, but the Sounds still aren’t winning.
- Aaron Cunningham homered twice in Round Rock’s 3-2 win at New Orleans.
- My main man from last year – Wil Myers – homered twice last night in the International League.
Great start to the series here in the Springs, let’s see if it can continue tonight.