Tacoma and the Sacramento River Cats split a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon, with the Rainiers winning the opener 1-0 and dropping the nightcap 8-3.
Jordan Pries tossed a gem in his Triple-A debut for Tacoma, not allowing a hit until there were two outs in the sixth inning. Since it was only supposed to be a seven-inning game, thoughts of a no-hitter were dancing in my head. Shane Peterson broke it up with a clean single through the left side of the infield.
Tacoma has not pitched a no-hitter or been victim of one since 2003, when the Rainiers were involved in a flurry of no-hitters over a three-year span: they pitched two and were no-hit three times from 2001 to 2003.
THE 2001-2003 NO-HITTER FLURRY
PITCHED BY TACOMA
July 3, 2001 – Brett Tomko at Oklahoma
July 7, 2001 – John Halama vs. Calgary (perfect game)
PITCHED AGAINST TACOMA
May 1, 2001 – Micah Bowie, Sacramento (game two, seven innings)
May 14, 2002 – Junior Herndon, Portland (game two, seven innings)
June 12, 2003 – Lindsay Gulin, at Las Vegas
The opening game ended up going extra innings, with Leury Bonilla connecting for the game-winning hit in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Game two was Sacramento Ugly, with the PCL’s most-walked offense drawing seven free passes over the first four innings on the way to an 8-3 win. They drew eight walks total in the game, with four of the walked batters scoring runs.
The positive for Tacoma in game two was that Cole Gillespie had three hits and a homer, after going hitless in three straight games. He’s batting .364 with four homers and 13 RBI.
The Rainiers have now won seven of the last nine games, and Sacramento has won eight of its last ten. Game three of the series is tonight.
Monday’s game starts at 6:05 – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show begins at 5:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts LHP Anthony Fernandez (0-1, 3.77) against Sacramento RHP Zach Neal (1-0, 3.00).
Bob Robertson joins me in the booth today, because it’s a Monday home game and he is awesome. Tune in!
- We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune, which focuses on the start made by Jordan Pries.
- Bob Dutton has an update on the condition of Hisashi Iwakuma and Taijuan Walker. It still looks like Iwakuma is in line for a rehab start with the Rainiers on Tuesday.
- Brandon Maurer‘s spot-start on Sunday went better than anyone expected, Ryan Divish writes.
- Still, the Mariners lost their sixth in a row and fell to 7-11 on the year. Now they return home to face the lowly Astros – a team that gave them fits last year. My opinion: this series is going to tell us a lot about the 2014 Mariners.
- Rainiers reliever Stephen Pryor answered a lot of questions for Lookout Landing readers.
- In the PCL, Albuquerque scored 11 runs in the top of the first inning and still needed to add two more for a 13-12 win in Salt Lake City.
- San Francisco pitching prospect Edwin Escobar delivered seven shutout innings, but his Fresno Grizzlies lost to Reno 2-1. Nick Ahmed hit a two-run homer in the eighth for Reno.
- Las Vegas starter Jake deGrom once suffered an injury that was, shall we say, a little unusual. The 51s pummeled El Paso yesterday, 11-4. Bobby Abreu homered and was promoted to New York, which sent down Andrew Brown. Seems like that roster move helps Las Vegas, doesn’t it?
- Colorado Springs lefty Christian Friedrich was dealing and the Sky Sox shut out New Orleans, 2-0. Washington State product Adam Conley took the tough loss for the Zephyrs.
- Meanwhile, the art of pitching apparently took a few steps backwards in Omaha’s 7-6 win over Nashville yesterday.
- St. Louis Cardinals prospect Oscar Taveras hit a walk-off RBI double and Memphis beat Oklahoma City, 5-4.
- Javier Baez struggled in his return from the disabled list, and Round Rock’s Nick Tepesch shut down the I-Cubs.
- Here’s your Baseball America minor league round-up from the weekend.
See you at the park!