Rainiers Rebound As Walker Delivers

That ice cream sandwich trick worked.

Tacoma banged out ten hits, netting four runs, and ended a three-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over Colorado Springs on Monday evening.

Stefen Romero led the attack, going 3-for-4. He scored Tacoma’s first run, and drove in the second with a two-out double. Romero also threw out the tying run at home plate from left field to end the eighth inning.

Tacoma had excellent pitching. Taijuan Walker tossed five shutout innings, striking out eight while walking two. He was lifted after five because his pitch count reached 93. 

Brian Moran followed Walker and went 2.2 innings, allowing one run on a homer by Lars Davis. That was the first home run that Moran has allowed all season.

The Rainiers were nursing a 2-1 lead in the eighth when Brandon Bantz chopped a single through the drawn-in infield, bring in two runs and giving Tacoma a 4-1 lead.

The win gives Tacoma a three-game lead in the standings. Salt Lake and Colorado Springs are now tied in second place.

The Pacific Coast League named its All-Star Team today, and two Rainiers players were honored: outfielder Carlos Peguero, and reliever Brian Moran.

Peguero is one of the most feared power hitters in the PCL. He’s hitting .266 with 13 home runs and 54 RBI, and he has an OPS of .840.

Moran just keeps on striking guys out. The lefty is 2-2 with four saves and a 2.41 ERA. In 41 innings he has 58 strikeouts while issuing just five unintentional walks.

It’s a big honor for those two players, who will get to perform on a national stage.

The Triple-A All-Star Game is on Wednesday, July 17. It will be at Aces Ballpark in Reno, televised on the MLB Network, and the national broadcast will air locally on 850 AM.

The complete All-Star roster is in the links down below.

Tonight’s game is at 7:05, and LHP Danny Hultzen (4-1, 2.20) takes the mound for Tacoma in his second start since returning from the disabled list. Colorado Springs starts RHP Cory Riordan (4-2, 6.33). Catch the broadcast on South Sound Sports 850 AM, or streaming online right here, or via the TuneIn app for iPads and smart phones.

Links:

  • We open with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune, which focuses on Taijuan Walker‘s start.
  • Here is the official Rainiers press release on the selection of Carlos Peguero and Brian Moran to the PCL All-Star team.
  • The entire PCL All-Star team is listed in this press release from the league office.
  • Ryan Divish has an off-day feature on the status of the Mariners youth movement.
  • Jerry Brewer writes that the results of the Mariners rebuilding project are inconclusive so far.
  • Larry Stone thinks that due to a weak field so far, Nick Franklin could make a run at the AL Rookie of the Year award if he has a strong second half.
  • Salt Lake overcame an early 4-0 deficit and beat Reno, 7-5. The Bees are now tied in second place with Colorado Springs.
  • Big series in the South, where division-leading Tucson visits second-place Sacramento. Tucson won the opening game, 6-3. Sacramento has moved Jemile Weeks to center field.
  • Former Rainiers pitcher DJ Mitchell absorbed all of the damage when Fresno scored nine runs in the sixth inning to beat Las Vegas, 14-6.
  • Omaha topped New Orleans in 12 innings, 2-1. Omaha keeps winning with Everett Teaford.
  • Matt Angle went 4-for-4 as Albuquerque won at Oklahoma City, 6-4. Astros top prospect George Springer hit his second homer for the RedHawks; he was recently promoted from Double-A.
  • Iowa beat Memphis, 4-2, in front of the boss.
  • Nashville beat Round Rock on the good ol’ walk-off error. Aaaahhh, minor league baseball!
  • Here’s a fun one on baseball writers and autographs. The Mickey Mantle story is priceless.

Let’s see if the Rainiers can turn this into a winning streak tonight.

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