Erasmo Ramirez moved closer to a Seattle return on Saturday night, delivering seven shutout innings in Tacoma’s 11-0 win over Las Vegas.
Ramirez have up just five hits, and all of them were singles. Three of the singles didn’t even leave the infield. He struck out seven and issued just one walk, throwing 92 pitches.
Erasmo was pitching with a big lead. Dustin Ackley singled in a run in the first, and Brad Miller pulled a three-run homer in the second. Rich Poythress had three hits and four RBIs.
Catcher Mike Zunino is heating up at Cheney Stadium for the first time this season. Zunino went 3-for-5, his best game yet in Tacoma. Zunino is 7-for-17 over the last four games, all at Cheney Stadium. Even with the hot streak, he’s batting .135 at home and .352 on the road, with ten of his 11 homers on the road. But, things are definitely improving at home.
Tacoma leads the division by 2.5 games over Colorado Springs, who barely hung on for a win in Reno last night.
The Rainiers are 2-1 against Vegas going into the final game of the Tacoma portion of the EIGHT GAME MEGA SERIES. The mega series moves to Vegas on Monday, which is also the start of a 12-game road trip for the Rainiers. Today is your last chance to see the Rainiers in person for two weeks.
Today’s game is at 1:35, and you can hear it on South Sound Sports 850 AM or streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Brandon Maurer (0-0, 1.35) against Las Vegas RHP Carlos Torres (5-3, 4.91).
- We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
- My minor league notebook for the paper has promising news regarding Erasmo Ramirez and Danny Hultzen.
- The Mariners were the victims as Andy Pettitte won his 250th career game.
- Jerry Brewer wrote a nice column on the major league debut of catcher Brandon Bantz.
- Bantz also received the John McGrath treatment.
- The Mariners called up Carlos Triunfel yesterday, after placing Jesus Sucre on the disabled list. Tacoma has had 33 transactions in the last 17 days. You know the phrase “can’t tell the players without a program?” I assure you the Tacoma program isn’t much of a help right now. Luckily, it’s free!
- While searching for something else, I stumbled upon a 1978 Sports Illustrated article on Tacoma manager John Stearns. Gotta link that, so here it is.
- Max Beatty – the Pacific Lutheran University pitcher who beat cancer – was drafted by the San Diego Padres.
- Pull up a chair, here’s Larry Stone’s Sunday baseball package: a column on Mariano Rivera, a notebook leading off with the amazing Yasiel Puig, and power rankings.
- In the PCL, Colorado Springs hung on for a rare 2-1 victory in the high-octane environment of Aces Ballpark. Mike Jacobs – who was in spring training with the Mariners and I had him projected as the Tacoma 1B/DH – has resurfaced with the Reno Aces after a stint in Mexico.
- Sacramento creamed Tucson for the third day in a row, 10-5. Tucson catcher John Baker is experiencing the minors for the first time in a while.
- Salt Lake starter Matt Shoemaker tossed a gem, and battery mate Luke Carlin launched a grand slam in a 9-1 win over Fresno.
- New Orleans edged Albuquerque, 3-2. The paper focused on Tony Gwynn Jr. of the Isotopes.
- Iowa swept a doubleheader from Round Rock, and Ian Stewart homered three times in the first game. He had one HR all season going into it, and he went 0-for-4 in game two.
- Nashville knocked out Memphis, 7-1, as Hunter Morris homered twice.
- Oklahoma City and Omaha were suspended due to rain.