Rainiers Tame Aces After Wild Ride

Tacoma took down the Reno Aces in 12 innings last night, 9-7, in perhaps the craziest win of the season.

The game ended at 11:30 PM, and I quickly typed up a play-by-play style story for The News Tribune as we were well past the paper’s deadline.

I have no idea if the story made it into the print edition, and I can’t find it on their website, so… I’ll just copy it here.

RENO, Nev. – It took two tries, but eventually a two-run Tacoma lead in extra innings stood up.

Tacoma scored twice in the top of the 12th inning to defeat the Reno Aces in the opening game of a four-game series on Friday night, 9-7. It was the second straight extra-innings win for the Rainiers, who have won four of their last five games.

Carlos Peguero was the hitting star, going 6-for-7 at the plate while contributing in almost every Rainiers rally.

Peguero singled in his first two at-bats against rehabilitating Arizona Diamondbacks starter Brandon McCarthy. However, he was the only Tacoma batter to have any early success against McCarthy, who carried a 5-1 lead into the sixth inning.

Michael Morse led off the sixth with a single, before Peguero homered to straight-away center field for his 16th of the season.

Peguero’s fourth hit was a leadoff double in the eighth, and he later scored on Carlos Triunfel’s single to make it 5-4.

Tacoma (60-47) would tie the score in the ninth, when Stefen Romero tripled home Nate Tenbrink with one out. Romero was stranded at third, as Aces closer Chaz Roe struck out Morse on three pitches before getting Peguero to ground out – Peguero’s only out of the night.

Abraham Almonte and Robert Andino each hit solo home runs in the top of the tenth against Reno reliever Brett Lorin, and Tacoma had a 7-5 lead.

Three batters into the bottom of the ninth inning, the Aces had tied it up. Juan Rivera, Brad Snyder, and Alfredo Marte greeted Tacoma closer Logan Bawcom with consecutive hits.

Marte reached third with one out, but Bawcom stranded him there and the game moved on.

Peguero’s fifth hit – a single – helped load the bases in the top of the 11th, but Tacoma was unable to score.

Two runs in the top of the 12th did the trick. Andino hit a leadoff single against Eury De La Rosa, and Tenbrink sacrificed him to second before Ty Kelly reached on an infield single putting runners at the corners.

Stefen Romero lifted a sac fly to center, scoring Andino as Kelly advanced to second. Reno elected to intentionally walk Morse and face Peguero – who singled through the left side for his sixth hit, driving in Kelly with a big insurance run.

Peguero became the second Tacoma player to collect six hits in a game this season, joining Abraham Almonte. Only two Rainiers had accomplished the feat in the previous 13 years.

Jonathan Arias retired all three batters he faced in the bottom of the ninth, earning his first Triple-A save.

Short Hops: the Rainiers found themselves with just one catcher on the roster, because Jason Jaramillo was left back in Seattle in case he was needed to replace the injured Mike Zunino. Scott Savastano served as the emergency catcher on Friday, and Jaramillo is expected to rejoin the team today.

Tacoma now trails Salt Lake by a half-game in the standings.

Roster update: today the Mariners called up Tacoma starter Brandon Maurer, with the intention of using him as a reliever. They optioned Hector Noesi to Tacoma.

Maurer was listed as Monday’s starter for Tacoma – I do not know yet who is going to take his spot in the rotation, but Brian Sweeney is always a good guess.

Tonight’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 (7-7, 4.40) against Reno RHP Zeke Spruill (3-3, 3.64).

Links:

  • The Mariners lost in 13 innings last night, 3-2.
  • Mike Zunino is out roughly six weeks with a broken hamate bone. The Mariners signed free agent Humberto Quintero to fill his spot.
  • Salt Lake was rained out in Tucson (it’s monsoon season – click on the picture in that link). They’ll try to play one game tonight, and then a makeup doubleheader tomorrow.
  • Colorado Springs is in a free fall – they took a 6-3 lead into the ninth inning at home last night, only to see Fresno score seven runs and win the game 10-6. The PCL’s leading hitter Corey Dickerson was recalled by the Rockies.
  • Big battle in the South, where Sacramento won the series opener at Las Vegas to pull into a tie for first with the 51s. Las Vegas manager Wally Backman wants to win the division.
  • Chris Dwyer tossed a gem and Omaha beat Nashville, 6-1.
  • Memphis downed Round Rock, 7-4.
  • Oklahoma City used a huge inning to defeat Iowa, 10-6.
  • Ken Levine posted the portion of the script he wrote for The Simpsons in which he unwittingly named the Albuquerque Isotopes. The ‘Topes game yesterday was suspended due to rain – in the first inning.

If I wasn’t in Reno, I would definitely attend the second annual Moveable Feast on Sunday at Cheney Stadium. There will be nearly 40 food trucks there, so bring an empty stomach.

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