Streak Ends In Longest Game Of The Year

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.

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We’ve got Friday Night Fireworks tonight – come for the baseball, stay for the pyrotechnics!

2 Responses to Streak Ends In Longest Game Of The Year

  1. dpbeck says:

    Long time reader of the blog and listener on the radio. My eye balls almost popped out when I saw the Sun Kill Moon link. Very few song writers can spin a story like Mark Kozelek. And what are the chances someone can have two relatives die due to exploding aerosol cans?! If you like Benji, you should check out the record he did with Jimmy Lavalle. Its just as great.

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