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).
- We always start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
- Ex-Rainiers third baseman Kyle Seager won an award. All of that and more in Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook.
- In case you haven’t heard the news, Robinson Cano is playing at Yankees Stadium for the first time as a visiting player. He did a lot of TV hits on the off-day, and you can watch them all on this one handy link.
- Larry Stone has a column on the Mariners still holding out hope for the “big three” of Taijuan Walker, Danny Hultzen, and James Paxton.
- Ryan Divish shared his thoughts on Abraham Almonte and why he keeps batting leadoff in this blog post.
- The new ballpark in El Paso opened up last night, and the fans loved it. A lady caught the first foul ball. We have two photo galleries: one of the stadium and fans, and another of the game itself. Baseball America has a report.
- The game turned into a 13-inning, 3 hour, 50 minute marathon. A pitcher’s duel, too: Fresno won it, 2-1. Travis Buck hit the first home run in stadium history.
- Albuquerque needed 12 innings to knock off Salt Lake, 4-3. Today is a good day to buy stock in Farmer John: tonight is 50-cent Hot Dog Night at Isotopes Park.
- Six Reno pitchers combined to shut out Las Vegas, 3-0.
- Oklahoma City’s Jon Singleton hit his PCL-leading 9th home run of the season in a 4-1 win over Round Rock.
- If your last name is Wheeler, you helped Colorado Springs win in Memphis last night.
- Lars Anderson had a big day at the plate and his Iowa Cubs downed Omaha, 6-3.
- New Orleans was rained out in Nashville, Tennessee.
Off to the ballpark – it’s another very nice day down here in Sacramento.