Tacoma topped Round Rock in the 12th inning on Tuesday night, 4-3. It was an ugly game with a beautiful result.
The win was a huge one for the Rainiers, who were going to fall seven games out of first place with a loss.
This game had “loss” written all over it, from the multiple missed scoring opportunities throughout the game, to the 15 runners left on base through nine innings, to the third inning walk-a-thon that handed Round Rock two runs… and then the Express made mistakes of their own, allowing Tacoma to tie it in the ninth.
Then the Rainiers scored the winning run in the 12th without hitting a ball out of the infield, and suddenly there was a victory party.
The bullpen was key for the Rainiers. Jonathan Arias (two innings), Logan Bawcom (2 IP), Josh Kinney (1 IP), and Bobby LaFromboise (2 IP) combined to toss seven shutout innings, allowing the Rainiers to come back and win the game.
Tacoma is six games back with 20 to play. The team needs to gain two games in the next 12 days to be within striking distance of first-place Salt Lake when the Bees come to Tacoma on August 26.
Tonight’s game is at 5:05 (Pacific), 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 Tom Wilhelmsen (0-1, 9.00) against Round Rock LHP Michael Kirkman (0-2, 14.04).
- My Rainiers game story discusses the sloppy victory.
- Round Rock released Manny Ramirez prior to the game.
- Brad Miller had a big game in front of friends and family as the Mariners topped Tampa Bay, 5-4. These Florida people actually like the humidity.
- The newest Salt Lake Bees pitcher – former star Dontrelle Willis – shut down Albuquerque for six innings in a 2-0 Salt Lake win.
- Colorado Springs split a doubleheader with Memphis. Xavier Nady homered in both games.
- The Pacific-South race is a scorcher – all three teams won last night, starting with first-place Sacramento at Iowa.
- Las Vegas remained one game behind Sacramento by edging New Orleans, 4-3. Eric Campbell had the game-winning hit.
- Tucson is still three games back – they won their fifth in a row, 13-6 over Oklahoma City. Tucson outfielder/catcher Cody Decker has a hobby.
- Fresno starter Mitch Lively pitched well in Omaha, earning a win.
- Reno whacked Nashville 14-3 in a battle between last-place clubs. Nashville’s Sean Halton hit a three-run homer in the top of the first – and then Reno scored 14 unanswered runs.
Two games left here in Texas, then the Rainiers return home to Cheney Stadium to host the Colorado Springs Sky Sox starting on Friday night.