Erasmo Ramirez carried a shutout into the seventh inning and earned the win as Tacoma ended a five-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over Salt Lake on Thursday night.
Ramirez allowed hits to the first two batters in the seventh before being removed from the game, and they ended up scoring so he was charged with two runs. Still, it was an outstanding start for Ramirez, who was in command for the first six innings. Ramirez picked up his first Triple-A win of the season.
The Rainiers relief crew of Mike MacDougal, Lucas Luetge, and Carson Smith finished off the Bees.
Tacoma staked him to an early 2-0 lead on a Ty Kelly two-run homer in the first inning.
Leury Bonila had a big game: he led off the inning in each of his four at-bats, reaching base three times and scoring three runs. Bonilla had a solo homer, a double, and a walk.
It was a much-needed win for the Rainiers, who had lost eight of the previous nine games. The team has a chance to earn a split with the Bees by getting a victory in the final game of the homestand 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 Matt Palmer (1-1, 2.31) against Salt Lake LHP Hector Santiago (–).
The Rainiers made a roster move before Thursday’s game, placing reliever Stephen Pryor on the 7-day disabled list with a shoulder impingement, and adding reliever Todd Coffey to the team from extended spring training.
Mariners beat writers reported the Pryor move two days ago. It’s a small thing that doesn’t matter, but the Mariners beat writers reporting that a Tacoma player was placed on the disabled list two days before he actually was placed on the disabled list is one of the odder things I’ve seen along these lines.
- The Rainiers game story from The News Tribune has the details of last night’s Tacoma win.
- Congratulations to the TNT’s Bob Dutton, who became the first baseball writer to use the phrase “cough up a fur ball” in the lede of a game story. The Mariners lost, 7-5.
- According to Dutton’s Mariners Notebook, it sounds like Tacoma will have a few more Taijuan Walker starts.
- Ryan Divish has a blog post on the no-hitter pitched at High Desert on Wednesday, and some details about pitching prospect Tyler Pike.
- High Desert’s DJ Peterson ranks No. 4 on this week’s Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet.
- The all-star ballot for the Triple-A All-Star Game is here. Vote for some Rainiers!
- In the PCL, we had a near no-hitter in Memphis: Redbirds starter Tim Cooney had his bid broken up with two outs in the ninth inning on a single by Iowa’s Arismendy Alcantara. This game was nationally televised as the CBS Sports Network Minor League Game of the Week.
- Sacramento edged Albuquerque in 11 innings, 6-5. The River Cats ended up on Sportscenter.
- New El Paso pitcher Michael Nix had another good start and the Chihuahuas beat Las Vegas, 7-4.
- Reno had some good pitching from Bo Schultz and the bullpen in a 5-2 win over Fresno last night.
- With Greg Maddux in town to work with Round Rock pitchers, the Express allowed 16 runs in a loss to New Orleans. Whoops!
- Mike Moustakas is in Omaha trying to find his swing, and he had a big game in a 5-3 win at Oklahoma City.
- Somehow Nashville starter Brad Mills – who throws around 86 mph – struck out 13 Sky Sox in a 3-0 win over Colorado Springs.
Friday Night Fireworks tonight, and it’s a beautiful afternoon. Hope to see you at the ballpark!