Tacoma concluded the eight game series against Las Vegas with an 11-0 victory on Thursday night, winning the mega series five games to three.
Erasmo Ramirez tossed eight shutout innings, allowing just five singles. Only one runner reached second base against Ramirez, who needed just 86 pitches.
He would have tried to finish the game himself, but Josh Kinney was scheduled to pitch one inning on his rehab assignment so he worked the ninth and completed the Rainiers fifth shutout of the season – already one more than all of last year.
The Rainiers were up 1-0 after six innings, and then scored ten runs over the final three frames.
The late rally included back-to-back-to-back home runs in the eighth inning, when Carlos Peguero, Rich Poythress, and Nate Tenbrink homered in succession against Las Vegas reliever Gonzalez Germen.
It was the first time Tacoma had hit three straight homers since August 22, 2007 – not coincidentally, also in Las Vegas. That day it was Jeremy Reed, Mike Morse, and Bryan LaHair who went deep.
Tonight’s game is at 7:05, and you can hear it on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Brandon Maurer (0-1, 1.42) against Sacramento LHP Justin Thomas (3-4, 4.06).
- We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
- The paper also has a feature in which we get inside the head of Dustin Ackley.
- Colorado Springs held off Salt Lake, 5-4, to remain 3.5 games behind Tacoma. However, the Sky Sox are losing infielder Josh Rutledge due to the Troy Tulowitzki injury.
- Former Rainiers reliever Chaz Roe served a 50-game suspension and is now serving as the Reno Aces closer.
That’s all of the links I have time for, due to team travel this morning. We’ll do the full link-o-rama tomorrow.