James Paxton turned in another excellent outing, allowing one run over six innings and earning the win in Tacoma’s 4-2 series-opening victory over Tucson on Monday night.
Paxton did not walk a batter, while striking out seven. In his last seven starts, Paxton has a 2.64 ERA (13 ER in 44.1 IP).
The improved consistency is exactly what Paxton and the Rainiers are looking for. It’s been fun to watch him during this run.
Tacoma received a lift from rehabilitating Mariners outfielder Michael Morse, who lined a two-run homer to right field in the first inning.
Here’s a fun streak for you: Morse homered in his final two games with Tacoma in 2009, and the homer yesterday means he has homered in his last three games with the Rainiers. He’s only supposed to play five innings today (his first outfield appearance of the rehab assignment) so it’s going to be hard for him to extend the streak to four games – but he’ll get a couple of shots.
Former Rainiers outfielder Mike Wilson had two hits and an RBI for Tucson. After 286 games with the Rainiers, it was his first career appearance at Cheney Stadium as a visitor.
This morning’s game is at 11:35, 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 Andrew Carraway (6-3, 4.32) against Tucson LHP Jason Lane (first PCL appearance of the year).
- The Rainiers game story from The News Tribune has quotes from Michael Morse about his rehab game.
- The Mariners won their seventh in a row yesterday, downing Cleveland 2-1.
- Mariners manager Eric Wedge had a scary moment.
- With the trade deadline passing, much has been written about Mariners deals gone bad – but ESPN recalled the Mariners best-ever deadline deal.
- Salt Lake remained tied with Tacoma by literally stealing a win from Fresno, 9-7. They scored the go-ahead runs when Fresno’s Dan Runzler forgot to call time before arguing with the first base umpire – two runs scored while the ball was in his glove.
- Sacramento walloped Colorado Springs, 10-2. Michael Tayor hit a grand slam, and the Sky Sox are two games behind Tacoma and Salt Lake.
- Las Vegas jumped Tucson and moved into first place in the Pacific-South by downing Reno, 7-2. Vegas hasn’t been in first place this late in the season since 2002 – the last time they reached the playoffs.
- Iowa Cubs legend Tuffy Rhodes returned to Des Moines – he hit a walk-off homer to win the championship in 1993.
- Oklahoma City’s Brett Oberholtzer owns the Storm Chasers.
- Khris Davis hit a late three-run homer to lead Nashville to a 6-5 win over Albuquerque.
- Former Rainiers lefty Ryan Feierabend and baseball legend Manny Ramirez teamed up as Round Rock beat Memphis, 9-0.
Don’t be surprised if today’s game is a bit sloppy – both teams had travel days yesterday, and the quick turnaround with the early game today means not much rest for the fellows on the field. We’ll see how it goes!