Colorado Springs ended the Rainiers seven-game win streak on Thursday night, knocking off Tacoma in 14 innings, 8-7.
The game was the Rainiers longest of the season in terms of both innings (14) and time (4:33).
The Rainiers had a chance to win it in the 13th, putting runners at first and second with one out, but they couldn’t push a run home.
The Sky Sox won the game in the 14th, scoring the winning run on a throwing error by third baseman Gabriel Noriega with two outs in the inning.
That was the last of the Rainiers three errors on the night. For anyone who was listening to the broadcast, that number was decreased from four to three in a post-game scoring change (which also changed starting pitcher Taijuan Walker‘s line to five innings, seven runs (six earned).
The Tacoma bullpen was outstanding once again, going nine innings and allowing just one (unearned) run. In the last 12 games, Tacoma’s bullpen has given up four earned runs in 46 innings pitched.
Now we’ll see if the Rainiers can bounce back and win this series against the Sky Sox.
Friday’s game starts at 7:05 PM – 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 (1-3, 3.46) against Sky Sox RHP Juan Nicasio (first PCL appearance – just sent down by Rockies).
The Pacific Coast League has levied some suspensions resulting from Monday’s non-brawl in Nashville.
Outfielder Xavier Avery served the first of a three-game suspension last night, and outfielder Jabari Blash will serve three games when Avery is done.
Both were due to “instigating,” according to manager Roy Howell.
Avery was ejected from that game, so I’m sure there was reasonable cause in the eyes of the umpires and league.
But why was Blash suspended? He was hit in the head by a pitch, and he was not ejected from the game. If they didn’t eject him from the game, how could he get suspended?
By suspending Blash, the league office is implicitly saying that the umpires made a mistake by not ejecting him from the game.
From the Rainiers perspective, the suspensions couldn’t come at a better time. The trio of Mariners on rehabilitation who are expected to play this weekend will lighten the blow.
- The Rainiers game story in The News Tribune doesn’t have any quotes because the game ended (way) too late.
- The Mariners dropped another game in San Diego, splitting the four game home-and-home series with the hated rival Padres.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners notebook has lots of tidbits, including information on Mariners who are rehabilitating in Tacoma this weekend.
- Mariners Double-A pitching prospect Victor Sanchez made this week’s Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet.
- The coaching staffs for the Triple-A All-Star Game were announced. No Tacoma Rainiers are present (although the Rainiers have many all-star player candidates – especially for a team with a 33-40 record).
- For a fun read, check out Clayton Kershaw and the Fan In Black.
- I can’t stop listening to this Sun Kil Moon album.
- In the PCL, red-hot Round Rock rolled to a 7-1 win over Sacramento last night. Brett Nicholas hit a grand slam.
- The Reno Aces lost to Oklahoma City and after the game they lost closer Matt Stites to the big leagues.
- Kyle Jensen homered twice in a 7-5 New Orleans win over Fresno. Adam Duvall belted his PCL-leading 23rd homer for Fresno.
- Top prospect Kris Bryant homered in his Triple-A debut as Iowa beat El Paso, 6-2.
- Memphis scored six runs in the top of the first inning, setting the tone for a 12-9 win at Salt Lake.
- A former Las Vegas 51s batboy pitched for the team in a 6-2 win over Nashville last night.
- Zach Lee was dealing and Albuquerque shut out Omaha, 5-0.
We’ve got Friday Night Fireworks tonight – come for the baseball, stay for the pyrotechnics!