Rainiers Close Road Trip In Style

The Rainiers completed their road trip with a 6-5 win at Tucson on Wednesday night, claiming a series win and a winning record (4-3) on the trip.

It was a team effort, with numerous players making key contributions.

After the game, winning pitcher and source of veteran wisdom Brian Sweeney called it a “Spartan victory – you can’t win without the man on your right, and you can’t win without the man on your left.”

That being said, Abraham Almonte was really good on Wednesday.

Tacoma’s center fielder created runs with his legs, and he threw out a runner at home plate to end the seventh inning – snuffing out a Tucson rally that was looking ominous.

For more on Almonte’s big game, check out the first link down below.

Today the Rainiers traveled all morning (Tucson to Seattle is a difficult route in our conference; there are no direct flights in the morning), and returned home to Cheney Stadium to open a four-game series with division rival Reno.

The Aces have a bad record – 20 games under .500 – but they recently added a bunch of veteran hitters and now feature a potent offense. However, the two top players on their team – Chris Owings and Matt Davidson – are going to the MLB All-Star Futures Game and will miss some of if not all of this series.

Tacoma starter Taijuan Walker is also going to the Futures Game, and will not pitch for the Rainiers until after the all-star break.

If the Reno Aces look sad, lonely, and distant, it’s because this series wraps up an 11-game road trip for them. When the series ends on Sunday, they will have played 15 of their last 18 games on the road. So it’s OK to hug an Ace (as long as they don’t beat the Rainiers).

The Mariners made a roster move this morning, officially calling up starting pitcher Erasmo Ramirez, and optioning reliever Carter Capps to Tacoma. If Capps gets back on track he could really help the Rainiers bullpen.

Today’s game is at 7:05, and you can hear it on South Sound Sports 850 AM, streaming right here, and available via the TuneIn app for iPads and smart phones. Tacoma starts RHP Brandon Maurer (2-3, 4.37) against a Reno pitcher to be announced.

Links:

  • The Rainiers game story from The News Tribune has the details on last night’s dramatic Tacoma victory. Once again, the game ended too late to get quotes – I would’ve liked to speak with Abraham Almonte about his big game. Perhaps I will for radio pregame today.
  • David Ortiz led the Red Sox to an 11-4 shellacking of the Mariners. The M’s can still get a split of the series with a victory today.
  • Earlier this season, Tacoma manager Daren Brown was promoted to Mariners third base coach because Jeff Datz was stricken by cancer.  Datz spoke publicly about it for first time with Greg Johns.
  • Mariners shortstop Brad Miller is enjoying the leadoff spot.
  • The Everett Aqua Sox won last night as 2013 Mariners 7th rounder Tyler Olson tossed a complete game one-hit shutout, striking out ten. Olson was drafted out of Gonzaga.
  • Salt Lake held on (barely!) to beat Las Vegas and remain four games behind Tacoma.
  • Jeff Manship steered the Colorado Spring Sky Sox to an 8-3 win over Sacramento. The Sox remain tied with Salt Lake, four games behind Tacoma.
  • Reno blasted Fresno, 8-3, as Matt Davidson hit a grand slam.
  • Albuquerque blasted Nashville, 9-2 – and they did so after weighing in on the Yasiel Puig all-star debate.
  • Oklahoma City shut out Round Rock 7-0 (with George Springer homering again), but top prospect Jonathan Singleton continued to struggle in his first taste of Triple-A.
  • New Orleans topped Iowa, 6-5, as closer Chris Hatcher nailed down his 25th save.
  • Well how about that: former Mariner Ben Broussard had the go-ahead RBI double as Omaha beat Memphis.

See you at the park! It’s Thirsty Thursday…

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