The Rainiers offense struggled for the second game in a row on Friday night, managing eight hits but only one run in a 4-1 loss to Reno.
It was the second straight game in which the Rainiers were held to one run by the Reno Aces – who have the 2nd-worst pitching staff in the PCL.
Reno starter Charles Brewer continued his curious domination of the Rainiers. He went six shutout innings, and has now thrown 14 scoreless innings at Cheney Stadium this year. After yesterday’s outing, his ERA sits at 5.02.
Brewer is now 5-1 against Tacoma over the last two seasons. Maybe the Mariners should find a way to trade for him.
Tacoma starter Chance Ruffin was wild in the first inning, issuing three walks (one with the bases loaded) and allowing two runs. He gave up two more runs in the second, but settled down and got into the 5th before being lifted with his pitch count at 85.
Both Brian Moran and Logan Bawcom had relief outings of two or more scoreless innings last night – leaving the Rainiers bullpen pretty gassed for tonight.
Yesterday the Mariners called up Hector Noesi and Bobby LaFromboise, sending down starters Blake Beavan and Erasmo Ramirez. Beavan is going to start for Tacoma on Sunday, and Erasmo goes for Everett on Tuesday.
Tacoma is so short on available relief pitchers for tonight’s game that if the starter has a brief outing (or if there are extra innings), we may see infielder Scott Savastano on the hill. That would put his perfect Triple-A pitching record of 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA on the line.
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 LHP James Paxton (6-6, 4.63) against Reno RHP Mike Bolsinger (3-3, 4.54).
Paxton pitched the game of his career in his last start: a complete-game five-hit shutout at Tucson. I’m very curious to see if he can back that up with a quality outing tonight.
- We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
- The Mariners hit four dingers and ripped the Angels, 8-3.
- Here’s more on the Mariners roster moves yesterday.
- Former Rainiers left-hander Matt Thornton was traded from the White Sox to the Red Sox yesterday. Now he has to change his entire wardrobe so that his socks will match.
- Salt Lake pulled within two games of Tacoma with a late rally to beat Colorado Springs, 7-5.
- Tucson swept a doubleheader at Las Vegas, strengthening its lead in the Pacific-South. Vegas is only 3.5 games out of first despite sending 19 players up to the Mets.
- Sacramento whacked Fresno, 9-3.
- Some cool stuff happened in the American Conference yesterday. For example, Manny Ramirez homered in the ninth inning to give Round Rock a 7-6 win at Omaha.
- Iowa starter Guillermo Moscoso carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning against Albuquerque.
- Oklahoma City and New Orleans shut each other out in a doubleheader split.
- The 2013 season has been a really rough one for Memphis Redbirds top prospect Oscar Taveras.
Day game Sunday, and then the all-star break. Come out to Cheney and check out the squad!