Tacoma won its last game ever at Nashville’s Greer Stadium on Monday night, 9-0. The win completed a four-game series sweep of the Sounds, and extended Tacoma’s win streak to five games.
Andrew Carraway tossed seven shutout innings to earn the win. Brandon Maurer and Carson Smith each pitched a scoreless inning to finish off the combined shutout.
The offense made consistent hard contact against Nashville ace Jimmy Nelson, who had his worst start of the season. Nelson allowed five runs (two earned) on eight hits over 5.2 innings, as his ERA climbed from 1.51 to 1.62.
We had a fracas in the seventh inning, but nothing really developed.
Nashville reliever Dustin Molleken nailed Jabari Blash in the head with a first-pitch fastball – it appeared to catch a lot of the brim of his helmet, Blash was OK – continuing a trend. Blash was hit three times in the series (matching his number of home runs), and Molleken caused some tension by brushing him back high-and-tight in the opening game on Friday night.
I have no idea why the umpires didn’t immediately eject Molleken, seeing what had happened on Friday. Instead, Blash took a step toward the mound, the dugouts emptied, and no blows were thrown. There was a lot of milling around and yelling, though. Baseball fight!
Now the feisty Rainiers come home having finished off a 6-2 road trip through The Great State Of Tennessee.
In town will be the Colorado Springs Sky Sox – former division rivals, but now American Conference foes who Tacoma will face just four games all year.
The Sky Sox were off to a good start this year, but the parent Rockies have ravaged their roster with call-ups. The Sky Sox come into tonight’s game having gone 8-19 since May 20. They’ve lost six of the last seven games, including three-of-four at home to Salt Lake in their most recent series.
Tuesday’s game starts at 6:05 PM – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show begins at 5:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Jordan Pries (4-5, 2.62) against Sky Sox LHP Yohan Flande (2-9, 4.82).
The Rainiers made a roster move on Monday. Left-handed reliever Clay Rapada exercised a June 15 opt-out in his contract and became a free agent. Taking his spot in the bullpen was Carson Smith, who was activated from the disabled list.
- Here’s the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
- The Mariners picked up a 5-1 win over their natural rival, the hated San Diego Padres.
- In Bob Dutton’s Mariners notebook, we learn that the Rainiers could have a lot of rehabbers during this homestand.
- In the PCL, Sacramento’s Matt Buschmann pitched well in a 5-1 win over Iowa.
- Reno remained one game behind the River Cats by edging Memphis, 3-1.
- Salt Lake handed Colorado Springs a 7-5 loss and the Bees took 3-for-4 at the Springs. Sky Sox pitcher Brett Tomko remembered his first time facing Tony Gwynn.
- Ryan Feierabend earned his seventh win as Round Rock knocked off El Paso, 7-5.
- Albuquerque starter Carlos Frias struck out 10 Zephyrs (can you feel the
zephyrbreeze?) in an 11-1 wipeout of New Orleans.
- Oklahoma City beat Las Vegas 5-1 as Nick Tropeano pitched seven shutout innings. A couple of players in that game played for Tony Gwynn at San Diego State.
That’s it for today – we’re flying all day, and then going straight to the park. It will be great to get back to Cheney Stadium tonight!