Tacoma picked up a win and a loss on Sunday afternoon in Las Vegas. They won the suspended game 6-5 on Jesus Montero‘s game-winning hit with two outs in the ninth, and then dropped the regularly scheduled game 8-3 in one of the weirdest ballgames I’ve ever seen.
These things happened in the 8-3 game:
- Jordan Pries carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning but was lifted after reaching 102 pitches.
- It was a 0-0 game in the 6th inning at hitter’s paradise Cashman Field.
- Vegas broke the scoreless tie by scoring eight runs in the sixth inning against the Tacoma bullpen.
- Endy Chavez – who we can all agree is an excellent defensive outfielder – lost two routine fly balls in the sun during the eight-run rally.
- The Rainiers were called for batting out-of-order, making a mess of the box score (not to mention my scoresheet).
- When it was all over, Las Vegas’s least-effective pitcher (Ryan Reid) earned the win, and Tacoma’s most-effective pitcher (Pries) was charged with the loss.
Just another Sunday afternoon in Vegas, eh?
The batting out-of-order was a result of a discrepancy between the lineup card exchanged at home plate, and the one hanging on the Rainiers dugout wall.
The dugout had Leury Bonilla hitting eighth and Abraham Almonte ninth, and the plate umpire’s card had them flip-flopped.
Vegas manager Wally Backman waited until the seventh inning to point it out. When Almonte walked to lead off the inning, he notified the umpires. The umpires sent Almonte back to the dugout for batting out-of-order, and called out the batter who should have followed Bonilla (leadoff man Xavier Avery).
This was the first time Tacoma has batted out-of-order in my time with the club (16 seasons ugh I’m old). We saw an opponent do it once: Daren Brown called out Tony DeFrancesco‘s Oklahoma City club for batting out-of-order a few years ago – something Daren enjoyed immensely.
Sometimes it is best to have simple goals, so for today let’s see if the Rainiers can bat in order.
Monday’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 Erasmo Ramirez (0-0, 1.59) against Las Vegas RHP Jacob deGrom (4-0, 2.58).
- The Rainiers game story has reaction from manager Roy Howell and hot-hitting Nick Franklin.
- Wally Backman says some nice things about Jordan Pries in the Las Vegas paper.
- The Mariners lost to Kansas City, 9-7. Dustin Ackley hit a pair of home runs.
- Christian Caple has more information on the progress of injured pitchers James Paxton and Taijuan Walker.
- The biggest lock in the PCL these days is that Salt Lake will lose at Sacramento – usually in heart-wrenching fashion. The River Cats walked ‘em off again on Sunday.
- Reno topped Fresno 6-2 at Aces Ballpark. Reno reliever Derek Eitel has a different background than most Triple-A players.
- The Chihuahuas feasted on Albuquerque, 11-0.
- Cardinals pitching prospect Tim Cooney shut down Round Rock, 5-1.
- When you name your team “Storm Chasers,” you are asking for trouble. Lightning struck the press box at Werner Park, and Omaha lost to New Orleans 10-4.
- Iowa overcame an eight-run deficit and won a wild game against Nashville, 12-11. Some Sounds players recalled their first Major League hit.
- Colorado Springs lefty Tyler Matzek had a strong outing in a 3-2 win at Oklahoma City.
- We finish with Baseball America’s weekend minor league round-up.
On Tuesday we have a 10:30 AM game – it is Las Vegas’s 11th Annual School Day Game. Due to the early start, Tuesday’s blog will be very brief. Fellow PCL radio guys, please plan accordingly.