The good news is we saw the best pitcher’s dues in the five-year history of Aces Ballpark last night. The bad news is that the Rainiers lost, 1-0.
Tacoma’s James Paxton and Reno’s Zeke Spruill locked horns in the first ever 1-0 game at Reno’s launching pad, which was built in 2009.
Paxton gave up a run in the second inning on a single to right, a sharp grounder back to the mound that went off his glove for an infield single, a wild pitch, and a sacrifice fly.
That was it – the only run of the game. Paxton went eight innings, giving up four hits and one run with no walks.
Paxton has not walked a batter in 26 innings pitched. He’s allowed five runs in his last 30 innings, for a 1.50 ERA over his past four starts.
After a rocky start to the season, Paxton has now been highly effective for eight starts, posting a 2.41 ERA during that span. Looks like he’s ready to help in Seattle, whenever he is needed.
Tonight’s game is at 6:05, 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 Andrew Carraway (6-3, 4.05) against Reno RHP Charles Brewer (4-9, 5.47).
- The Rainiers game story for The News Tribune has reaction from both managers regarding the brilliant pitcher’s duel. In the notes, Hector Noesi will take Brandon Maurer’s spot in the Tacoma rotation.
- My minor league notebook for the paper looks at the incredible parity in the PCL, and the recent history of six-hit games.
- In his Sunday baseball column at the Seattle Times, Larry Stone asks if the Mariners are going to use their head or their heart as the trade deadline approaches. Stone also has his power rankings.
- Seattle got shut out by former PCL pitcher Samuel Deduno and the Twins last night.
- The Mariners called up Brandon Maurer and will use him out of the bullpen.
- Salt Lake keeps winning. The Bees beat Tucson last night, 4-2, to pull 1.5 games ahead of Tacoma.
- Colorado Springs is sinking like a rock in a lake. The Sky Sox lost their sixth in a row yesterday.
- Las Vegas took sole possession of first place in the South once again, beating Sacramento 9-4.
- George Springer hit an inside-the-park home run to help Oklahoma City shut out Iowa.
- Omaha beat Nashville in the 11th inning when Eugenio Velez dropped a fly ball.
- Albuquerque defeated New Orleans twice on Saturday.
- Since trading third baseman Mike Olt, Round Rock is playing a catcher at third. Leury Garcia hit a walk-off homer to beat Memphis last night, 6-5.
- Cool story about the girls on the grounds crew in Oklahoma City.
- Additional cool story about Ken Levine visiting Isotopes Park.
Rare Sunday night game tonight, followed by a day game on Monday. The Rainiers return home Tuesday night with Taijuan Walker on the mound against Omaha.