The Tacoma Rainiers and Salt Lake Bees are not playing each other yet – but they played nearly identical games on Wednesday night.
Each team was on the road in the opening game of a five game series.
Each team went to the ninth inning trailing, 5-1.
Each team scored two runs in the top of the ninth.
Each team loaded the bases, putting the tying runs in scoring position and the go-ahead run at first base.
Each team then saw its rally fizzle out, and lost 5-3.
Tacoma lost at Tucson, and Salt Lake lost at Reno. The Bees still lead the division by four games, and now 12 games remain.
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 LHP James Paxton (7-10, 4.26) against Tucson LHP Robbie Erlin (7-3, 4.87).
- Rainiers manager John Stearns didn’t quite get the birthday gift he was looking for.
- The Tucson paper has a good article on native Tom Wilhelmsen, who is scheduled to pitch two innings in relief today.
- Mariners infielder Nick Franklin is out for a few days, so Brendan Ryan stepped in and had a big game as the M’s beat Oakland on Wednesday.
- Ichiro collected his 4,000th hit yesterday – combined, between MLB and NIB. If you’re an ESPN Insider, make sure to read Buster Olney’s thoughts on the achievement.
- Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist Ron Kantowski has a thoroughly entertaining piece on the PCL’s realignment for 2014.
- More great reading: Jeff Sullivan on Danny Farquhar‘s hugs.
- Here’s the story from Reno on Salt Lake’s nearly identical 5-3 loss to the Aces.
- Las Vegas pulled off a huge comeback and beat Fresno in 11 innings, 8-7, to remain one game ahead of Sacramento in the Pac-South.
- Sacramento took down Colorado Springs, 7-5 – despite two home runs by Sky Sox outfielder Kent Matthes.
- Nick Green homered in the ninth and New Orleans topped Omaha, 6-5. Suddenly Omaha’s lead in the American-North is down to two games over Memphis.
- Memphis went into Iowa and emerged with a routine 7-1 victory.
- Oklahoma City hasn’t clinched the American-South yet, but it seems inevitable.
- Albuquerque ended an eight-game losing streak by defeating Nashville, 5-3.
- Big news from Nashville – new ballpark talk is alive once again! This city needs a new stadium more than any other in the league, and it’s not even close. Nashville would transition overnight from one of the worst stops in the league to the jewel of the PCL if this project is done right.
Good battle tonight between left-handed starting pitcher prospects. Let’s see if the Rainiers can even this series.