Rainiers Keep Rolling

The Rainiers continued their strong start to the road trip, defeating Sacramento on Friday night, 6-4.

Tacoma took advantage of some sloppy defensive play by the River Cats, who have one of the worst defenses I’ve ever seen on a winning Triple-A team.

The game story (first link below) has details on the Tacoma offense and Dustin Ackley‘s play in center field.

There was not room in the story to include notes on the Tacoma bullpen, which was excellent again. In particular, Logan Bawcom had a great bounce-back outing, working two scoreless innings while protecting a slim lead.

Brian Moran recorded the final two outs to nail down his third save. I plan to do a post in the near future on the crazy stats of “The Moranimal.”

Tacoma is 4-1 so far on this 12-game road trip, and the Rainiers (42-27) are a season-best 15 games over .500. It simply continues.

Tonight’s game is at 7:05, and as always you can listen on South Sound Sports 850 AM or stream it online right here. If you are listening on a smart phone or iPad, use the TuneIn app. Tacoma starts RHP Hector Noesi (1-0, 7.36) against Sacramento RHP Travis Banwart (3-2, 4.62).

Links:

  • I’m back on the beat for The News Tribune – here is my Rainiers game story.
  • Mike Zunino hit his first major league homer (video), and Oliver Perez recorded his first big league save in the Mariners 3-2 win at Oakland last night.
  • The Mariners made a catching change, bringing in the veteran Henry Blanco. Kelly Shoppach was designated for assignment – I suppose there is a chance he could end up in Tacoma.
  • Former Rainiers catcher Miguel Olivo literally walked away from the Miami Marlins.
  • Colorado Springs kept pace with the Rainiers by winning in Las Vegas, 6-2. The second-place Sky Sox remain 3.5 games back.
  • Salt Lake third baseman Luis Jimenez hit a grand slam in the Bees 7-5 win at Fresno.
  • Tucson topped Reno, 6-5. The Padres honored one of the best PCL teams of the new century – the 2006 Tucson Sidewinders – prior to the game. They won 91 games and had 42 players reach the majors!
  • Albuquerque had a strong start by rehabilitating Dodgers lefty Chris Capuano and the ‘Topes beat Memphis, 7-2. Memphis is getting Michael Wacha back from the big leagues.
  • New Orleans went into Nashville and emerged with a 6-3 victory.
  • Round Rock ripped Oklahoma City, 11-2.
  • Omaha and Iowa were suspended in the 6th inning, tied up 5-5. Ian Stewart was not there.

It’s the 25th anniversary of the best baseball movie ever made, Bull Durham. If you haven’t seen it, see it. If you have seen it, enjoy that link from Jim Caple.

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