Tacoma scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to beat Las Vegas, 6-3, in what turned out to be a thrilling game on Friday night.
The score was tied 1-1 after seven innings, as both starting pitchers delivered strong outings. Erasmo Ramirez went 5.2 innings and allowed one run for Tacoma, and he notched eight strikeouts. Logan Verrett gave up just one run in seven innings for Las Vegas.
Tacoma reliever Jonathan Arias had an eventful game: he entered in the top of the seventh inning with the bases loaded and one out and the score tied, 1-1. He went to a full count on Eric Campbell before getting him to ground into a third-to-home-to-first inning-ending double play.
Then Arias allowed two runs in the top of the eighth inning – the second one scoring on a disputed play at home plate which resulted in the ejection of Rainiers manager Roy Howell and catcher Jesus Sucre. These were Tacoma’s first ejections of the season.
Arias ended up earning the win when Tacoma scored five times in the bottom of the eighth.
The eighth inning rally was heavy on walks issued by Las Vegas relievers. Ty Kelly‘s bases-loaded walk forced in the tying run, and Jabari Blash connected for a deep sacrifice fly to score the go-ahead run. Gabriel Noriega and Xavier Avery chipped in RBI singles.
Logan Bawcom earned the save, although he did allow a solo home run to Wilmer Flores. Flores was 4-for-5 with two homers for Vegas.
On the whole, Tacoma pitched well against the PCL’s best offense. And when Tacoma was given a few walks in the bottom of the eighth, the offense took advantage of them. That was a good win.
Saturday’s game starts at 5:05 – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show begins at 4:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Mark Rogers (1-0, 2.25) against Las Vegas LHP Dana Eveland (2-1, 4.29).
- We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
- The Rainiers have had a couple of days with no roster moves; that’s about to end according to Bob Dutton’s Mariners notebook.
- The Mariners would be a lot better if they could just figure out how to beat the Astros.
- Tracy Ringolsby wrote about Mariners rookie Roenis Elias.
- This is cool: video footage has surfaced of the 1919 World Series.
- In the PCL, the other three Pacific Conference games last night were blowouts. Luis Jimenez homered twice to lead Salt Lake to a 14-5 win over Reno.
- It took five games, but the El Paso Chihuahuas finally earned a home win with a 12-3 destruction of Sacramento.
- It got so bad in Albuquerque that the Isotopes bullpen catcher pitched two innings in a 15-4 loss to Fresno.
- American Conference games were closer. Jon Singleton hit his league-leading 10th homer in Oklahoma City’s 3-1 win at Omaha.
- Nashville received another strong start – this time from Jimmy Nelson – in a 4-3 win over Iowa.
- Round Rock opened a homestand with an 8-5 win over New Orleans.
- Memphis traveled to Colorado Springs and emerged with a 9-3 win.
It’s day one of Throwback Weekend today. The Rainiers will be wearing early-era Tacoma Rainiers jerseys (think mid-1990s teal) and the first 1,500 fans get a free Jay Buhner Rainiers throwback jersey t-shirt. The shirts will go quickly – the gates open at 4:00 so you should plan accordingly if you want one.