Lumber In A Slumber

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.

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Day game Sunday, and then the all-star break. Come out to Cheney and check out the squad!

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