Tacoma dropped the first game of the four-game series in Colorado Springs, 4-1.
It was a compelling story, as the Sky Sox starting pitcher was Chris Volstad – the guy who started the game the Rainiers won 25-6 at the end of May. Volstad got his revenge – I wrote about it for The News Tribune, first link down below.
Erasmo Ramirez pitched well for Tacoma. The hits he allowed were mostly cheapies – only one was really hit hard. Ramirez looks like he is ready to go when the Mariners need him.
The Rainiers ended Corey Dickerson‘s 10-game multi-hit streak – and also his 10-game hitting streak. He went 0-for-3 with a walk.
The Sky Sox trimmed the Tacoma lead down to 2.5 games in the North. Hopefully the Rainiers will even the series today, or else the Sky Sox will move within 1.5 games and be… close.
Today’s game starts at 11:35 AM (Pacific), and it will air in the usual spots: South Sound Sports 850 AM, streaming online right here, and via TuneIn for the iPadders. Tacoma starts RHP Brandon Maurer (1-1, 1.53) against Sky Sox RHP Cory Riordon (4-1, 5.18).
- Here is my Rainiers game story for The News Tribune.
- The Mariners beat the Angels in ten innings, avoiding a walk-off loss.
- Justin Smoak returned to the Mariners and homered in his first at-bat.
- Great bit on the 16-year-old the Dodgers have pitching in the Midwest League. Previous youngest player in the league was a 17-year-old Felix Hernandez in 2003.
- The ESPN piece by Jayson Stark about baseball rules is a lot of fun. Here is the quiz, and here is the reaction by MLB players and managers. I took the quiz and was embarrassed to score a 5 – until I read the reaction, and learned that wasn’t all that bad. Note that this is some really weird stuff – I’ve only seen one of these plays actually happen (the catcher’s interference one).
- Pirates first round draft pick Reese McGuire of Kentwood High School signed for a whole lot of money.
- In the PCL, Michael Taylor became the Sacramento all-time hits leader, but his River Kitties got shut out in Salt Lake, 10-0.
- Tucson beat Las Vegas, 5-2. Vegas first baseman Ike Davis played for Tucson manager Pat Murphy in college.
- Reno catcher Ed Easley hit a walk-off grand slam as the Aces out-slugged Fresno, 14-10.
- Nick Struck and Iowa shut out Nashville, 7-0.
- Albuquerque ended a five-game losing streak by topping Omaha, 4-1.
- Oh, boy. Nothing quite like allowing three unearned runs and losing, 3-1. That’s what happened to the New Orleans Zephyrs last night.
Today is Day Ten of the 12-game road trip. We’ll be back in Tacoma on Saturday.