Tacoma outlasted Oklahoma City on Friday night, picking up a 4-3 win in 11 innings at Cheney Stadium.
Catcher Humberto Quintero wielded the big stick. He launched a game-tying two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh off RedHawks starter Brett Oberholtzer, and then he had the game winning hit in the 11th.
Tacoma had Chris Taylor at second base with two outs in the bottom of the 11th when Xavier Nady legged out a little roller to third base for an infield single. It was a very close play at first: Oklahoma City manager Tony DeFrancesco was ejected for arguing the play, and the one look at the replay I had in my booth was inconclusive.
Once the dust cleared and Tony D made his exit, Quintero laced a line drive single to right field, scoring Taylor with the winning run. That ended a little two-game slide for the Rainiers, who have now won eight of the last ten games.
Tacoma had a bunch of rehabilitating Mariners in the lineup: Michael Saunders, Corey Hart, and Justin Smoak all started and are likely to continue to play for Tacoma throughout this series with Oklahoma City. Saunders and Smoak aren’t even eligible to be activated from the disabled list until after the homestand ends on Tuesday.
Sunday’s game starts at 1:35 PM – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show begins at 1:20 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Jordan Pries (4-5, 2.50) against RedHawks RHP Nick Tropeano (5-4, 2.09).
(Based on the above statistics, it appears today’s game is a battle between starting pitchers who aren’t getting much run support).
- The Rainiers game story from The News Tribune has reaction from Humberto Quintero and Roy Howell.
- My Minor League Notebook for the paper is about Mariners pitching prospect Victor Sanchez, who is 19-years-old and in Double-A already.
- Summer is here – and that is usually not a good thing for the Seattle Mariners, John McGrath writes. Can this year be different?
- Well, the Mariners did pick up another ninth inning win yesterday, and they go for a sweep in Kansas City today.
- Brad Miller is coming around, Bob Dutton writes in his Mariners notebook.
- Ryan Divish has his MLB power rankings.
- Tacoma gained a game on first-place Sacramento, which lost to Brian Flynn and New Orleans last night.
- Reno is back within one game of first after beating Colorado Springs in 12 innings, 6-5. Nick Ahmed had the game-winning hit. The Aces have a couple of all-star candidates.
- Adam Duvall doubled in the go-ahead run and Fresno beat Round Rock in 12 innings, 4-3.
- Memphis outfielder Tommy Pham returned to his home town but his Redbirds lost in Las Vegas, 11-5.
- Chicago Cubs Assistant GM Randy Bush watched as Iowa got shut out by Albuquerque, 4-0.
- El Paso ripped a bunch of homers – including a Jeff Francouer grand slam – in a 12-3 blasting of Omaha. El Paso pitcher Matt Wisler is featured in the always excellent Sunday notebook from Fangraphs.
- Brewers top prospect Jimmy Nelson got back on track (after the Rainiers beat him last start) and Nashville ended an eight-game losing streak with a 7-4 win at Salt Lake.
- By now you’ve probably heard that former Rainiers and Mariners great Raul Ibanez was released by the Angels. They called up Efren Navarro to replace him.
It’s going to be Vanderbilt against Virginia in the College World Series championship. The Rainiers have two Virginia products (Chris Taylor and Andrew Carraway) and no Vanderbilters, so we don’t get a clubhouse rivalry this year.