We had a real baseball rarity at Cheney Stadium last night: a 1-0 extra-innings game.
After ten-and-a-half scoreless innings, Abraham Almonte scored on Carlos Peguero‘s infield grounder, and Tacoma beat the Sky Sox 1-0.
It was the third walk-off win in the last four days for the Rainiers, and it was a big one. Tacoma gained a game on first place Salt Lake and is now five games back.
The Bees come to town for a four-game series starting on Monday. Tacoma needs to be four games back or closer to be in striking distance, so gaining at least one more game in the next six days is important.
As for the 1-0 extra-inning game, we were able to check back through the 2000 season. There has been only one 1-0 extra-inning game since then, and we need to put an asterisk on it: on June 29, 2002 the Rainiers beat Fresno 1-0 in the second game of a doubleheader. The game was scheduled to go seven innings, and the Rainiers won it in the ninth when Jermaine Clark tripled and scored on an error by Fresno’s right fielder.
Last night’s 11-inning affair was the longest 1-0 game Tacoma has played since the turn of the millennium.
Tonight’s game is at 7:05 (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 Taijuan Walker (3-3, 4.27) against Colorado Springs RHP Chris Volstad (7-4, 4.77).
- We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
- TJ Cotterill’s pregame Rainiers blog post focuses on Abraham Almonte – you guys already know this, but he’s a player Mariners fans should get to know.
- Rick Randall at Lookout Landing has a piece on Taijuan Walker and when he should get the call.
- The Mariners lost on a walk-off after committing a base-running blunder.
- It appears that Mariners manager Eric Wedge is going to return to the dugout on Friday.
- Larry Stone wrote his “Hot Stone League” blog farewell, as he changes job at the Seattle Times.
- Geoff Baker has an interesting post comparing the 2012 and 2013 Mariners, with big-picture decisions looming in Seattle.
- Double-A Jackson outfielder Julio Morban broke his leg sliding into second base last night. Morban was having an excellent season, he’s on the Mariners 40-man roster, and I have (had?) him penciled into the Rainiers 2014 outfield.
- Salt Lake dropped a wild one to Las Vegas, 14-8. Vegas took a 7-1 lead in the second, the Bees came back and went up 8-7, and Vegas rallied late. The 51s have won three-of-four at Salt Lake. Let’s go, 51s – finish the job.
- Sacramento got creamed by Tucson and the River Cats are tied in first place with Vegas in the Pac-South.
- Yusmeiro Petit was dealing and Fresno defeated Reno, 3-1.
- Round Rock batted around in three straight innings during a 20-2 thumping of Nashville.
- Oklahoma City moved closer to clinching the American-South by defeating Albuquerque, 6-2. The RedHawks have won 16 straight home games.
- New Orleans topped Iowa, 3-2.
- Memphis finally beat Omaha and trimmed the Storm Chasers lead in the American-North to four games.
- Here’s a good one: Omaha’s pitching staff has a chance to break the PCL record for most strikeouts in a season.
The Rainiers hit the road for five games in Tucson starting Wednesday – it’s the last road trip of the season. The team bus departs to the airport at 4:00 AM, so Wednesday’s blog post will be a brief one.