The Rainiers played their longest game of the season on Monday night: a 14-inning, 2-1 victory over the Sacramento River Cats that clocked in at 4 hours, 35 minutes.
Of course it came against Sacramento, who was the Rainiers opponent during that crazy stretch of marathon games last season which included the 18-inning Savastano Special.
Last night Abraham Almonte singled in Brad Miller with the winning run with one out in the 14th.
Brandon Maurer, Bobby LaFromboise, Brian Moran, and Forrest Snow combined to limit Sacramento to one run on eight hits over 14 innings. That’s some nice pitching right there.
When it was over I quickly left the stadium and was walking out with some of the players – it was about 12:10 AM, and everyone has to be back at the ballpark for today’s early game.
Today’s game is at 11:35 AM, and you can hear it on South Sound Sports 850 AM or streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Andrew Carraway (6-1, 2.98) against Sacramento RHP Travis Banwart (2-2, 5.45).
- We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune, which focuses on the pitching of Brandon Maurer in his Triple-A debut.
- The Mariners picked up a much-needed win over the reeling White Sox, 4-2.
- Greg Johns has a round-up that includes lots of information about Franklin Gutierrez and his rehabilitation stint, which was halted yesterday.
- Larry Stone caused a stir with his well-reasoned look at where things stand with the Mariners and change.
- The Rainiers now have a 3.5-game lead over second-place Colorado Springs, which lost in Salt Lake City yesterday, 6-2. Former Rainiers starter Jarrett Grube pitched well for the Bees.
- Las Vegas starter Carlos Torres tossed a three-hit shutout and struck out 11 Fresno Grizzlies. The Wall Street Journal has an interesting story on how the New York Mets ended up affiliated with Las Vegas.
- Tucson moved into a first-place tie with Sacramento in the South by beating Reno, 4-2.
- They had a long one in Des Moines, where New Orleans beat the I-Cubs in the 13th inning 10-5.
- The Albuquerque Isotopes drew their 6,000,000th fan but lost to Oklahoma City, 8-4.
- Memphis coasted past Omaha, 7-1. The Storm Chasers have scored a total of 1 (one) run in the first three games of that series.
- Top prospect Mike Olt returned to the Round Rock Express after a strange injury and had three hits, but the Express lost to Nashville in 12 innings 7-5.
The Rainiers have an off-day on Wednesday, and this blog is taking a well-deserved day off, too. I’ll have a new post on Thursday to kick off the Eight Game Mega Series against Las Vegas.