Rainiers Drop Dramatic Game

Tacoma had a wild finish in Las Vegas last night, but unfortunately the 51s came away with an 8-6 victory.

After eight innings, Vegas held a 4-3 lead. Tacoma had two on with two outs in the ninth, when Abraham Almonte grounded to shortstop, seemingly ending the game. However, a throwing error allowed Almonte to reach first base, loading them up for Brad Miller.

On a 2-2 pitch, Miller laced a three-run double to right-center, and Tacoma had a 6-4 lead.

Logan Bawcom came in to close it out, and he was 11-for-11 in save opportunities this season.

Bawcom struck out the first two batters, but then he walked Andrew Brown and Ike Davis. Wilmer Flores hit an RBI single, making it 6-5. Zach Lutz was next, and he fouled off two pitches to make the count 0-2. Bawcom tried to sneak a fastball past him to end it, and it ended… the wrong way, as Lutz launched a walk-off three-run homer.

It was a crazy finish to a rather unusual game. For example, check out what happened in the top fourth inning, when Las Vegas pitcher Collin McHugh struck out four batters in one inning, didn’t allow a hit, but gave up two runs. Here’s how it went:

  • Rich Poythress struck out swinging (1), but the pitch went to the backstop and Poythress reached first base.
  • Nate Tenbrink walked.
  • Jason Jaramillo struck out (2). One out.
  • Eric Thames struck out (3). Two outs.
  • Robert Andino walked to load the bases.
  • Abraham Almonte batting, McHugh throws a wild pitch to the backstop. Poythress races home, the catcher retrieves the ball and throws it to McHugh covering the plate – and the throw is wild, both Poythress and Tenbrink score.
  • Almonte strikes out (4), ending the inning.

There you go: no hits, two runs, four strikeouts.

Tonight’s game is at 7:05, and you can hear it on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The online stream is on a three-game losing streak (it’s been broken) but maybe it will be fixed by game time – try it right here. Tacoma starts LHP James Paxton (2-5, 5.73) against RHP DJ Mitchell (2-2, 7.36).

Links:

  • We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
  • John McGrath has a column on the Mike Zunino call-up. Ryan Divish has the news story, with quotes from everybody.
  • For Baseball Prospectus subscribers, here is their piece on Zunino’s call-up.
  • Everybody knew that Aaron Harang would pitch more shutouts than Felix Hernandez, right?
  • The New York media is out in full-force to cover the downfall of Mets first baseman Ike Davis, who made his Las Vegas debut last night. Here’s the story from the Vegas newspaper.
  • Elsewhere in the PCL, Reno topped Sacramento last night, 4-1. The Aces are getting outstanding play from their catchers.
  • The game of the day was in Colorado Springs, where the Sky Sox overcame a 9-1 deficit by scoring ten runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
  • Gary Brown is starting to heat up for Fresno, but the Grizzlies lost to Tucson, 7-2.
  • The new album by Kurt Vile makes for excellent listening while working on a blog in your Las Vegas hotel room.
  • Oklahoma City kept Brad Nelson in the ballpark and beat Iowa, 8-5. Nelson had back-to-back two-homer games.
  • Albuquerque shut out Round Rock, 6-0.
  • New Orleans was swept in a doubleheader at Memphis. Old buddy Rob Johnson hit a three-run homer for Memphis in the opening game.

Game seven of the EIGHT GAME MEGA SERIES is tonight, and we are all tied up, 3-3. Are we destined for a mega series split? Is that even allowed?

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