El Paso scored three unearned runs in the top of the seventh inning to pull off a come-from-behind 7-5 win over the Rainiers in the opening game of a five-game series on Friday night.
The Rainiers made two errors during the decisive inning. It was the second straight game in which the Rainiers had a two-run lead after six innings, only to lose it in the top of the seventh.
Tacoma is streaking in the wrong direction. The club has lost four in a row, and 12 of the last 15 to fall to 20-25 overall. Tacoma now trails first-place Sacramento by 6.5 games.
It has felt like it was going to turn around each of the last two games, when the Rainiers had the lead for the first six innings. Hopefully they can get back in the win column today.
At least the team hit some homers on Friday. Both Ty Kelly and Abraham Almonte went deep, which was a nice turnabout after the club hit just one home run total in the prior seven games. The five runs Tacoma scored was more than the total the team scored in the previous three games.
The rehabbers have arrived. Logan Morrison (hamstring) went 0-for-3 with a walk in his first game since April 14. James Paxton is set to start the first game of today’s doubleheader. And it sounds like Taijuan Walker will be here this coming week.
Saturday’s action 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 LHP James Paxton (–) against El Paso RHP Michael Nix (–) in the first game, and it will be RHP Matt Palmer (1-0, 1.17) against RHP Tim Sexton (0-1, 4.78) in game two.
- Christian Caple talked to both Roy Howell and Erasmo Ramirez for the Rainiers game story in The News Tribune.
- Taijuan Walker‘s progress headlines Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook.
- The Mariners beat the Astros again on Friday, as Felix Hernandez earned the win.
- Down at Class-A High Desert, Mariners prospect D.J. Peterson hit two homers including a grand slam in a 12-8 loss at Bakersfield last night. One of the homers came off rising Reds prospect Ben Lively.
- In the PCL, Eduardo Escobar and three relievers combined for 14 strikeouts in Fresno’s 7-3 win at Salt Lake.
- Sacramento’s Stephen Vogt led a late rally and the River Cats won in Las Vegas, 6-5. The newspaper story focuses on Las Vegas closer Victor Black.
- Albuquerque returned home from a 13-day road trip and lost to Reno, 8-3. The Isotopes are trying to put the big brawl behind them.
- Mike Moustakas joined Omaha with a good attitude and the Storm Chasers topped Round Rock, 3-2.
- New Orleans rallied to score four times in the seventh inning and beat Nashville, 6-3.
- Colorado Springs waxed the Iowa Cubs 10-2, but in Des Moines it’s all Javier Baez, all of the time.
- Oklahoma City had 22 hits and a scare last night in Memphis: they nearly blew an 11-0 lead. Ronald Torreyes went 5-for-5 for the RedHawks.
A Memorial Day Weekend doubleheader. Sounds like a blast from the past, doesn’t it? I think teams used to play the scheduled doubleheader on Memorial Day itself, but this is a close-enough approximation. Let’s play two!