The gap between player development and winning was wide on Tuesday night.
Tacoma blasted Colorado Springs, 10-4, opening up a four-game lead in the Pac-North division standings.
But Seattle Mariners player development took a hit, as starting pitcher Danny Hultzen was scratched right before game time due to “trouble loosening up.” It was the second time this has happened to Hultzen this season – and after the first time it happened, he spent two months on the disabled list.
We just don’t know what’s next for Hultzen – other than a battery of doctor’s appointments. We’ll keep our fingers crossed and hope it is nothing serious.
Hector Noesi did a great job as the emergency starter, sprinting out to the bullpen ten minutes before first pitch, warming up in a hurry, and delivering three solid innings of one-run ball. Noesi left the game with a 7-1 lead.
Jonathan Arias earned the win, once again pitching better than his final statistics indicate. He tossed three scoreless innings, then was touched for two runs in his fourth inning of work. Under normal relief pitcher circumstances, he would not still be in there for a fourth inning.
The offense erupted for ten runs on 15 hits. Nate Tenbrink continued to show signs that his June slump is behind him, going 4-for-5 with two RBIs. Rich Poythress delivered three hits, including a two-out, two-run double in the third inning. Jason Jaramillo and Abraham Almonte each had two hits.
It was a good win for the Rainiers, but in the big picture it was a rough day for the Mariners.
It’s July 3rd, and you know what this means: Fireworks Extravaganza. As of this morning, all that remained are standing-room only tickets with very limited viewing areas.
Tonight’s game is at 7:05, and you can hear it on South Sound Sports 850 AM, or streaming online right here, or via the TuneIn app for iPads and smart phones. Tacoma starts LHP James Paxton (4-6, 5.24) against longtime big league RHP Aaron Cook (0-3, 7.40).
- We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune. Not much news yet on the Hultzen situation.
- Kendrys Morales had a huge game and the Mariners blasted Texas last night, 9-2.
- Baseball America has a run-down on the Triple-A All-Star Game rosters.
- In the PCL, Reno cruised past Salt Lake as former Mariners and Rainiers infielder Josh Wilson homered. The Aces will be well-represented while hosting the Triple-A All-Star Game.
- Wilmer Flores went 5-for-6 as Las Vegas crushed Fresno, 12-2.
- Sacramento starter Sonny Gray was scratched, and it turned into a glorious bullpen day for the River Cats in a 2-0 win over Tucson.
- Oklahoma City edged Albuquerque, 4-3.
- Omaha continued to struggle on defense in a 6-3 loss to New Orleans.
- A Nashville rally in the ninth inning fizzled out too quickly, and Round Rock claimed a 6-3 victory.
- Iowa lit up Cardinals prospect Michael Wacha in a 6-2 win. Junior Lake hit a double and two triples – all off Wacha.
- In Class-A, a walk-off hit got wiped out by a baserunning boner. It’s like 1908 all over again.
Last game of the homestand tonight – the Rainiers head to Salt Lake City on the 4th.