The Rainiers lost in Sacramento on Thursday night, but at least they did it in creative fashion.
The game was decided in the 11th inning, when Sacramento’s Jose Martinez singled up the middle to drive in the winning run. Tacoma reliever Clay Rapada injured his right ankle on the play, but that was not the once-in-a-lifetime play.
(I’ll get more information on Rapada’s status later today).
We had a truly epic play in the bottom of the second inning – not just the type of play you will never see again, but a play so rare that if someone told you it happened, you would have difficulty figuring out exactly how it happened.
Tacoma’s left fielder and right fielder were each charged with an error on the same play.
Think about that for a second. How can the LF and RF both make an error on the same batted ball? How could they even both touch the ball on the same play?
The answer is: overthrows.
With Martinez at second base and Nick Buss at first and two outs, Sacramento’s Phillip Pohl pulled a sharp liner down the third base line.
Tacoma third baseman Leury Bonilla dived toward the foul line to try to make what would have been a great catch, but he only got a piece of the ball. Slowed down substantially, the ball rolled down the left field line.
As Martinez scored and Buss approached third, left fielder Xavier Avery picked up the ball and saw he had a chance to throw out Pohl who was trying to stretch the hit into a double. Avery threw to second – except he rushed his throw, and sent it flying over the second baseman’s head and into right field. Pohl was safe at second, and Buss raced home and scored on the throwing error. That’s the E-7.
Now right fielder Jabari Blash picked up the ball in shallow right field, and he thought he had a chance to throw out Buss at home plate. His heave went over the catcher’s head and hit the backstop, so Pohl went to third – advancing an extra base on the second throwing error. That was the E-9.
So there you have it: an error on the left fielder and the right fielder on the same play. I’ve never seen that before, and before coming to Tacoma I spent five years calling games in the low minor leagues.
The play ended up being costly, as it was a tight game all the way through and ended up going extra innings. Tacoma made another error and allowing two unearned runs on the night – which is no way to end a little losing streak.
Tacoma (18-19) fell under .500 with the loss, and the team looks to turn it around tonight.
Friday’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 (2-1, 3.98) against Sacramento RHP Arnold Leon (2-1, 4.15).
- The Rainiers game story from The News Tribune has quotes from Chris Taylor talking about his injury. Everyone is hopeful that he won’t be out for more than two weeks, but we’ll have to wait and see about that.
- Taylor nearly made this week’s Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet.
- The Mariners were off yesterday, but the TNT has a story on shortstop Brad Miller and his upbeat attitude despite his current struggles.
- In the PCL, Salt Lake lost its 11th straight game – a 5-2 loss at Reno.
- Fresno’s Adam Duvall hit his PCL-leading 14th home run and nearly added #15, but the Isotopes powered their way to a 14-8 win last night.
- Las Vegas outfielder Cesar Puello had a big game and the 51s won the series opener in El Paso, 4-3. Vegas infielder Omar Quintanilla was playing in his home town.
- New Orleans left-hander Brian Flynn shut down the Sky Sox, 8-2.
- Oklahoma City held Nashville to two hits for a 4-2 road win.
- The Iowa Cubs GM complained about the weather while Kyle Hendricks and his Cubs shut out Round Rock, 2-0.
- Omaha rallied for a 10-6 come-from-behind victory at Memphis.
- Here is today’s Baseball America minor league round-up.
- A heroic cat is going to throw out the first pitch in Bakersfield. Or so they say.
The Rainiers are in a bit of a tailspin, losing four in a row. Let’s see if they can turn it around tonight.