Rainiers reliever Forrest Snow made a spot-start yesterday, and he delivered his best outing of the season as Tacoma defeated Sacramento, 7-1.
Snow went five scoreless innings – more than exceeding the coaching staff’s expectations – and did not allow a run. He set a season-high with eight strikeouts, and gave up just two hits.
Snow finished off his season on quite a roll. The University of Washington product did not allow a run in his final seven Triple-A appearances, spanning 13 innings. Assuming he doesn’t pitch again, his final Tacoma numbers for 2013: 4-0 with a 2.93 ERA, and 43 strikeouts in 40 innings.
Two players had successful Triple-A debuts last night. Nick Hill tossed two perfect innings in relief of Snow, and James Jones was 1-for-4 with a run scored and an excellent running catch in center field.
Ji-Man Choi continues to hit, giving us something to look forward to next year. Choi is getting a two-week taste of Triple-A, and we can expect him on opening day next year if nothing wacky happens during the off-season. Choi was 3-for-4 with two doubles, three runs scored, and an RBI last night.
Sacramento will be eliminated from playoff contention – ending a string of six straight division titles – with either a Tacoma or a Las Vegas win tonight.
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 Blake Beavan (5-6, 6.00) against Sacramento RHP Bruce Billings (13-7, 4.40).
- The Rainiers game story from The News Tribune has quotes from Forrest Snow.
- Taijuan Walker was sharp and earned the win in his major league debut last night. Abraham Almonte also debuted, going 1-for-5 with two RBI.
- The Mariners traded Michael Morse to Baltimore for Triple-A outfielder Xavier Avery. Avery is expected to report to Tacoma today.
- Baseball America has a brief report on Avery.
- Las Vegas was three outs way from clinching the Pacific-South title – only to blow a 1-0 lead in the ninth. Tucson won it on Mike Wilson‘s two-run homer. The 51s “magic number” is one.
- Reno won the first game in Salt Lake, 5-4, and the Rainiers picked up a game in the standings. Ahhh, whatever.
- Gary Brown had three hits as Fresno beat Colorado Springs, 7-5.
- In the American-North, Omaha remained in a first-place tie with Memphis by grabbing a 6-4 home win against Round Rock.
- Memphis is trying to win on the road, and they shut out Oklahoma City last night, 4-0. Memphis has a big advantage: they own the tiebreaker against Omaha, having won the season series.
- New Orleans shut out Albuquerque last night, writes friend-of-the-blog Tim Grubbs.
- PCL Pitcher of the Year Johnny Hellweg finished strong as Nashville topped Iowa, 3-2.
- The new ballpark in Nashville may be closer than we think, since the newspaper ran an article today on what they would do with the old park, Greer Stadium.
It’s the last night game of the season. See you at the ballpark!