No two baseball games are exactly alike, but we learned this weekend that they can be nearly identical.
After Tacoma beat Oklahoma City 4-3 in 11 innings on Saturday night, the two teams met again Sunday. Tacoma won 4-3, again – and once again it was in extra innings, although this time it took just ten innings.
Nick Franklin singled home Ty Kelly with two outs in the bottom of the tenth inning to win it for the Rainiers.
As is often the case with extra-inning games, the bullpen was instrumental in both games. Tacoma relievers tossed six scoreless innings on Saturday, and came right back with four more on Sunday.
Rehabilitation Row contributed for Tacoma. The Rainiers batted Michael Saunders, Corey Hart, and Justin Smoak 1-2-3 in the lineup and they combined for four hits, one run, and two RBI.
Gabriel Noriega had two more hits including an RBI double. Noriega is now batting .338 – good for second in the PCL, four points behind Nick Evans of Reno.
Tacoma has won nine of its last 11 games, and has once again pulled within six games of the .500 mark.
Monday’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 LHP James Gillheeney (3-6, 5.36) against RedHawks RHP Asher Wojciechowski (0-0, 4.91).
It’s a Monday home game – that means that Pacific NW broadcasting legend Bob Robertson joins me on the air, and he’ll call play-by-play of the middle innings.
- The Rainiers game story from The News Tribune has reaction from Nick Franklin and manager Roy Howell.
- The Mariners won another tight one in Kansas City on Sunday, completing a sweep of the Royals.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners notebook reports that No. 1 draft pick Alex Jackson is likely to officially sign today.
- In Baseball America’s minor league transactions we learn that recent Rainiers reliever Clay Rapada signed with Baltimore.
- Sacramento stunned New Orleans by scoring three runs in the ninth inning for a 4-3 victory, spoiling a strong start by former Washington State Cougars pitcher Adam Conley.
- Colorado Spring infielder Rafael Ynoa homered twice as the Sky Sox won in Reno, 9-5. The Aces now trail Sacramento by two games in the Pac-North.
- Round Rock beat Fresno in the ninth inning on a game-winning hit by Brett Nicholas.
- Salt Lake brought pitcher Caleb Clay back from Korea, and he earned the win in a 4-1 victory over Nashville.
- Omaha took down El Paso 7-6 in a wild tenth inning. Johnny Giavotella had the game-winning hit.
- Memphis needed 11 innings to beat Las Vegas, 7-5. Randall Grichuk hit a two-run double to win it. Las Vegas outfielder Cory Vaughn attended Tony Gwynn’s memorial service in San Diego.
- Kris Bryant homered twice in Iowa’s 7-6 win over Albuquerque.
- Minor League Baseball teams responded to the moronic remarks made by NCAA President Mark Emmert.
- We’ll finish with Baseball America’s minor league round-up.
Just two games left on this homestand – come on out to the ballpark.