Tough Loss In Sacramento

Tacoma lost the opening game in Sacramento in ten innings on Monday night, 2-1. It was a tough loss: Tacoma took a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning, only to see Sacramento’s Michael Taylor single in the tying run.

Sacramento won it in the tenth, when Tyler Ladendorf and Alden Carrithers hit back-to-back doubles with two outs. Leury Bonilla just missed making a diving catch at the warning track on Carrithers game-ending drive.

Tacoma could have intentionally walked the left-handed Carrithers (hitting .375), setting up a force out at all three bases and creating a right-vs.-right matchup with Jose Martinez (hitting .222). But they decided to let Logan Bawcom go after Carrithers, and Carrithers won that battle.

Hindsight is always 20-20, isn’t it?

Starting pitcher Anthony Fernandez was terrific before leaving with an injury last night. He was spinning a one-hit shutout with two outs in the sixth inning, but his elbow tightened up on him and he left the game. Manager Roy Howell said he’ll be checked out soon.

It was the day that hitting streaks died. Jesus Montero saw his 11-game hitting streak come to an end, going 0-for-4. Gabriel Noriega‘s eight-gamer croaked with an 0-for-3. Nick Franklin‘s seven-game PCL streak checked out with an 0-for-4.

Tacoma made an all-Ramirez  roster move, releasing veteran reliever Ramon Ramirez and adding starting pitcher Erasmo Ramirez. Erasmo is tentatively slated to start on Friday night in Tacoma.

The Rainiers are now 1-4 on this eight-game road trip. Hopefully they can get things turned around tonight.

Tuesday’s game starts at 7:05 – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show begins at 6:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Andrew Carraway (1-1, 5.28) against Sacramento RHP Josh Lindblom (1-2, 7.23).

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Off to the ballpark – it’s another very nice day down here in Sacramento.

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