The top of the lineup and the bullpen led the way as Tacoma ended a three-game losing streak with a 5-4 victory over the Fresno Grizzlies on Sunday afternoon.
Top three Abraham Almonte, Brad Miller, and Dustin Ackley combined for five hits, four runs, and four RBI.
Miller extended his hitting streak to 19 games with a two-run homer in the first inning, and added a game-tying sacrifice fly in the eighth.
Ackley went 2-for-4, with a line drive double to left-center and the go-ahead RBI single through the drawn-in infield.
Almonte reached base twice with a pair of hits, scoring two runs.
Tacoma starter Erasmo Ramirez struck out ten batters, but allowed four runs (three earned) over 5.2 innings. Most of the damage came in the third inning, when Fresno scored three runs on four hits. The rest of the game, Erasmo looked pretty sharp.
With James Paxton striking out 11 on Saturday, and Ramirez punching out ten yesterday, Tacoma’s starting pitcher struck out ten-or-more batters in back-to-back games for the first time since August 14-15, 2001. Back then it was Brett Tomko and Denny Stark who pulled off the trick, doing it at home against Colorado Springs.
The Rainiers bullpen had struggled the previous three games, but on Sunday Bobby LaFromboise, Jonathan Arias, and Brian Moran combined to deliver 3.1 shutout innings.
Tonight’s game is at 7:05, and you can hear it on South Sound Sports 850 AM, streaming online, and via the TuneIn app for your iPad or smart phone. Pacific Northwest broadcast legend and College Football Hall of Famer Bob Robertson joins me in the booth. Tacoma starts RHP Brandon Maurer (1-1, 2.41) against Fresno RHP Fabio Castillo (0-4, 6.55).
- We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
- John McGrath caught up with Taijuan Walker, who makes his Triple-A debut on Tuesday.
- The Mariners beat the A’s on a walk-off home run by Kendrys Morales.
- Ryan Divish dropped a “Father Time” on Raul Ibanez.
- Franklin Gutierrez had more hamstring trouble. He might set a record with three rehabilitation assignments in Tacoma in one season.
- A pair of Mariners farmhands (including one Rainiers player) are noted in this Baseball America Prospect Notebook.
- Former Rainiers outfielder Mike Wilson had a huge game for the Tucson Padres last night, going 3-for-5 with two homers and six RBI in an 8-2 win at Reno.
- Colorado Springs rather emphatically fell 2.5 games behind Tacoma, losing at Sacramento, 20-4. Sacramento’s Bruce Billings became the PCL’s first nine-game winner.
- Salt Lake rallied in the eighth inning to win in Las Vegas, 6-3. The Bees remain three games behind Tacoma.
- Top prospect Carlos Martinez was dealing as Memphis shut out Iowa, 6-0.
- Albuquerque collapsed in the ninth inning and lost to Round Rock, 10-7.
- New Orleans topped Nashville, 2-1, in a game that had a two-hour rain delay.
- Oklahoma City split a long doubleheader with Omaha.
- Remember former Mariners slugger Danny Tartabull? His son Quentin just committed to play football at my alma mater.