The Omaha Storm Chasers won the opening game of the series on Tuesday night, 4-1. They beat Tacoma’s Taijuan Walker, who has now allowed nine runs in his last 11 innings.
Walker gave up nine hits and four runs over six innings. He was leaving pitches up in the zone during the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th innings.
It could have been a lot worse for Walker, but center fielder Abraham Almonte threw out two runners at third base. That was fun to watch – since Omaha and Tacoma were playing for the first time this year, the Storm Chasers had no idea about Almonte’s great arm. They learned through experience; I doubt they will challenge him anymore.
As fun as it was watching Almonte gun down two runners, it was disturbing to see the Rainiers make two more baserunning blunders that cost them unnecessary outs. The Rainiers have been hurt badly by mental errors in the last three games.
Tacoma has lost four in a row, and now trails Salt Lake by two games in the standings. Hopefully they can get it turned around tonight.
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 RHP Blake Beavan (4-3, 5.37) against Omaha LHP Chris Dwyer (7-8, 3.46).
- We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
- Prospect Insider has a good (free) analysis of Taijuan Walker‘s start last night – with some bonus notes on reliever Chance Ruffin, who threw real well.
- The Mariners came out kind of flat in the series opener at Fenway Park last night.
- Larry Stone looked at Nick Franklin‘s competition in the AL Rookie of the Year award chase.
- John Sickels went back and reviewed his pre-season Mariners Top-20 Prospects list.
- A 19-year-old Dutch kid named Lars Uiijer is dealing for the Everett Aqua Sox.
- Salt Lake increased its lead in the division by topping Iowa, 5-4. The newspaper has an article on how the Bees took control of the division.
- New Orleans knocked out Colorado Springs on a walk-off homer by Jake Smolinski.
- Oklahoma City beat Reno with efficiency.
- Nashville picked up a 3-1 rain-shortened win over Las Vegas, yet they are having a woeful season.
- Michael Wacha and the Memphis Redbirds shut out Tucson, 3-0.
- Albuquerque shut out Sacramento, 2-0, behind Matt Magill. Isotopes pitcher Jonathan Sanchez ran into some Giants fans.
- Erik Surkamp was dealing and Fresno coasted to a 7-1 win over Round Rock.