Tacoma closer Logan Bawcom was up to the task on Friday night in Sal Lake City, retiring six of the seven batter he faced for a two-inning save in Tacoma’s 7-5 victory.
Bawcom’s shut-down relief turned the tide in a game that seemed like it was slipping way.
Tacoma built an early 7-0 lead as Carlos Peguero and Ty Kelly homered, and Stefen Romero had three hits.
Salt Lake came back with five runs against a surprisingly wild Erasmo Ramirez and Bobby LaFromboise.
LaFromboise was on the ropes in the seventh, with the score 7-5 and Salt Lake runners at first and third with one out. He got a huge double play grounder off the bat of pinch-hitter Roberto Lopez (who was hitting .426 against left-handed pitchers) to escape the jam.
Bawcom came in for the next inning, and it was over.
Tacoma’s lead in the Pac-North is back up to four games over Salt Lake, and five games over Colorado Springs.
Tonight’s game is at 6:05 (Pacific) and you can hear it on South Sound Sports 850 AM, or streaming online right here. If you are using an iPad or smart phone, try the TuneIn app. Tacoma starts RHP Brandon Maurer (2-2, 4.03) against Salt Lake LHP Dustin Richardson (1-0, 3.48).
- We start with my Rainiers game story from The News Tribune, in which John Stearns extolls the virtues of the bullpen.
- Brad Miller batted leadoff and hit two triples in the Mariners 4-2 win at Cincinnati. Miller hit only two triples all year in the minors – one in AA, and one for Tacoma.
- Looks like Mike Morse is on his way to join the Rainiers for a rehabilitation stint. I expect this to be a short one – it probably won’t still be going when the Rainiers return home on Thursday.
- Check out this story on the radio broadcaster for Triple-A Syracuse, who doesn’t let cerebral palsy stop him from excelling at his job.
- The Rainiers have a pitcher who made this week’s edition of Baseball America’s Prospect Hot Sheet.
- Juan Nicasio delivered eight shutout innings and Colorado Springs beat Reno, 5-0.
- Tucson topped Las Vegas, 3-2, on a two-out, two-run pinch-hit single by Mike Wilson in the bottom of the ninth.
- Ydwin Villegas had the big hit as Fresno edged Sacramento, 8-7.
- Round Rock rallied in the eighth to beat Omaha, 6-4.
- Albuquerque fans didn’t see much baseball, but they did see rain and fireworks last night.
- New Orleans tossed a shutout and Kyle Skipworth had a big game in a 4-0 win over Oklahoma City.
- Nashville lost in Memphis, 6-2.
Yesterday’s win was big – it’s always tough to hang on to a slim lead in Salt Lake City. Tacoma can guarantee at least a series split with a victory tonight.