Aces Out-Duel Rainiers

Tacoma came out on the wrong side of a pitcher’s duel on Wednesday afternoon, as the Rainiers got shut down by Reno’s Mike Bolsinger.

Bolsinger has split his season between the big leagues and Reno this year, and we saw why: he held Tacoma to one hit over seven shutout innings, and the one hit was an infield single. He walked two and struck out seven.

The Rainiers finished the game with just two hits – both by Leury Bonilla – and lost, 3-1.Tacoma’s lone run scored on two walks and an error in the ninth inning.

Andrew Carraway had a nice bounce-back outing for Tacoma, allowing two runs (one earned) over five innings. Carraway kept Reno off the scoreboard until the fifth inning, when it appeared that he started to tire a little.

Tacoma has scored one run on seven hits over the last two games. I talked myself into a circle on the air during yesterday’s broadcast, saying that the lineup took a big hit with Chris Taylor and Nick Franklin no longer in it before realizing that the Rainiers scored 11 runs on 15 hits in the series opener on Monday without those guys. So who knows, maybe they’ll score eight runs tonight and coast to an easy win.

Thursday’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 Jordan Pries (3-2, 1.85) against Reno RHP Lucas Harrell (1-0, 4.71).

Links:

  • We’ll start with T.J. Cotterill’s Rainiers game story from The News Tribune. Lots of positive stuff about Jesus Montero in this story.
  • The Rainiers can expect some help in the form of major league rehabilitation assignments, according to Bob Dutton’s always informative Mariners Notebook.
  • The Mariners lost in Texas yesterday and finished their brief road trip with a 2-3 record. They settle in for a long homestand now.
  • Larry Stone writes that the Mariners need to sign Kendrys Morales now.
  • The Mariners have two hot hitters right now, Ryan Divish tells us.
  • In the PCL, Salt Lake veteran Wade LeBlanc shut down a subdued Albuquerque club, 3-0. Isotopes catcher Miguel Olivo has been released, and former Rainiers slugger Alex Liddi took his spot on the roster.
  • I considered not linking to this because it made me groan repetitively, but… Todd Dewey of the Las Vegas Review-Journal set a record for awful puns in his recap of the Olivo incident. I suppose they are accustomed to this stuff in Vegas.
  • Federal Way’s Travis Ishikawa hit the go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth inning to give Fresno a 5-4 win over Las Vegas.
  • Sacramento had a strong start from Matt Buschmann and beat El Paso, 4-1.
  • Iowa third baseman Christian Villanueva went deep twice in a 6-2 win at Round Rock. The I-Cubs had a nice start from Erik Jokisch.
  • Nashville swept a doubleheader from Omaha. They won the first game on a walk-off homer by Matt Pagnozzi.
  • The Memphis Redbirds all-prospect outfield had a big day in a 7-4 win at Colorado Springs.
  • Oklahoma City knocked off New Orleans, 6-1. In the story, we learn that Marlins No. 1 prospect Andrew Heaney has been promoted to New Orleans and makes his Triple-A debut tonight.
  • We close with Baseball America’s minor league round-up, which includes a young Mariners pitching prospect at the very end.

It’s Thirsty Thursday tonight. That means $2 beers up on the third base terrace.

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