Peguero Walks Off Sox With Grand Salami

Carlos Peguero hit a walk-off grand slam on Saturday night, rapidly turning around the Rainiers fortunes in a 5-3 victory over Colorado Springs on Saturday night.

Tacoma trailed 3-0 after eight innings, and it seemed unbelievable that they had not scored. The Rainiers leadoff batter reached base in six of the first innings, yet the team had no runs.

Jason Jaramillo led off the ninth with a homer, and then the Rainiers loaded the bases with one out for Peguero.

Peguero had a great at-bat against Sky Sox closer Logan Kensing. He got behind 1-2, then took some tough pitches and worked a full count. He fouled off the next two pitches – breaking his bat on the second foul ball.

He paused to get a new bat from the bat rack, and apparently it is a good bat: Peguero launched the next pitch over the wall in right-center for a grand slam, and the Rainiers won it.

It was the first walk-off grand slam by a Rainiers player since Wladimir Balentien did it on May 2, 2007. Coincidentally, that one also came against Colorado Springs; Balentien went deep with two outs in the ninth off reliever Mike Gallo to give Tacoma a 6-3 win.

It’s been six years since the Rainiers hit a walk-off grand slam, but they had one hit against them earlier this year: Salt Lake’s Kole Calhoun did it to the Rainiers on July 4th – Bees radio guy Steve Klauke likes to give me grief because I called it “anti-climactic” since the score was tied and there was nobody out when he hit it, so once he hit a fly ball the game was over. It happened to go over the fence for a grand slam.

I liked Peguero’s a lot more – aside from the fact that he plays for the Rainiers, three of the four runs were needed to win the game.

I don’t believe I’ve ever called a walk-off grand slam when the team that hit it was trailing by three runs – if so, it was a long time ago. That would be the Ultimate Walk-Off Grand Salami.

Tacoma needed the win to stay six games behind Salt Lake. The Rainiers are looking a little better right now, and they’ve won six of the last ten games.

Today’s game is at 1:35, 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 Tom Wilhelmsen (0-1, 11.12) against Colorado Springs RHP Sean Gallagher (0-2, 5.73).

Links:

  • We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
  • MiLB.com has a video highlight of the Carlos Peguero walk-off grand slam.
  • My minor league notebook for the paper catches up with Ryan Feierabend, and has items on Mariners prospects Ty Kelly and Patrick Kivlehan.
  • Former Rainiers pitcher Chris Seddon stares in wonder at this amazing ceremonial first pitch in the Korean league.
  • If you are a Mariners fan, don’t read about last night’s game in Texas. Here, go read about the Seahawks instead.
  • From Ryan Divish’s notebook, Nick Franklin is struggling and Justin Smoak is in a groove.
  • John Sickels did a Prospect Retrospective on Raul Ibanez.
  • Geoff Baker reports that Mariners manager Eric Wedge is hoping to return to the dugout on Friday.
  • I don’t care for this new world in which there is no Sunday baseball package from Larry Stone at the Seattle Times. Don’t care for it at all. I’m going back to bed and I’m not waking up until it comes back.
  • Here’s one you don’t see every day: opposing managers Doug Mientkiewicz and Frank Kremblas got into a brawl in the Florida State League. Both have firm roots in the PCL.
  • Salt Lake out-slugged Las Vegas, 10-8, to remain six games ahead of the Rainiers.
  • Shane Peterson went 5-for-5 and Sacramento coasted to an 11-5 win over Tucson. Sacramento now leads the Pac-South by one game over Vegas.
  • Reno hit five homers and whacked Fresno, 9-1.
  • Paul Clemens was dealing and Oklahoma City defeated Albuquerque, 5-1. The RedHawks lead the American-South by five games over the Topes. The Oklahoman has a nice feature on slugging prospect Jonathan Singleton.
  • Omaha extended its lead to four games in the American-North by edging Memphis, 5-4. It’s the largest lead of the year for the Storm Chasers.
  • New Orleans shut out Iowa, 3-0, as Brian Flynn blanked them for eight innings.
  • Nashville only scored in one inning, but it was enough to beat Round Rock, 4-3.

My year-end awards ballot is due today, and this might be the toughest PCL MVP vote in years. There is no clear-cut leader among the winning teams, and the league’s best player statistically (Corey Dickerson) only had 345 PA’s before being called up, and won’t even qualify for the batting title.

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