‘Rehab Row’ Rallies Rainiers

The three Seattle Mariners currently rehabilitating with Tacoma had big games as the Rainiers won their third straight extra-innings game over Oklahoma City on Monday night, 9-8.

Justin Smoak drove a two-run homer onto the ‘R Yard’ deck in left field to tie the score 4-4 in the bottom of the fifth.

After the Rainiers fell behind 8-4, Tacoma rallied to score for runs in the bottom of the eighth inning – all after there were two outs. Michael Saunders hit a bases-loaded double to make it 8-7, and Corey Hart tripled him in to tie the game.

Tacoma won the game in the tenth inning, when Xavier Nady singled with two outs to score Xavier Avery with the winning run. That rally was rated Double-X.

Saunders had a huge game, going 4-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBI. Even the out he made was a line drive.

While clearly ready for the big leagues, neither Saunders nor Smoak is eligible to come off the disabled list for another day (Smoak can be activated Wednesday, and Saunders on Thursday). Hart can be activated any time, but the thinking before yesterday’s game was that he still needed to get his timing back at the plate. That means we are probably going to see all three players in the lineup again tonight.

A few Tacoma team trends:

  • Tacoma has won three in a row, and 10 of the last 12 games.
  • All three games against Oklahoma City have gone to extra innings, and Tacoma has played extras in four of the last five games.
  • The team goes for a sweep tonight – it just swept Nashville on the road two series ago.
  • The Rainiers have pulled within five games of .500, at 36-41. The team was 26-39 and buried in the standings just two weeks ago.
  • Yesterday the Rainiers won despite allowing five home runs. Rather than wonder how this happened, it’s best to just not think about it.

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 Taijuan Walker (1-1, 5.82) against RedHawks RHP David Martinez (5-4, 4.36).

Links:

  • The Rainiers game story from The News Tribune now comes with a box score!
  • Logan Morrison had a big game as the Mariners blew out the Red Sox, 12-3. It all hinged on a long Dustin Ackley at-bat.
  • The Mariners signed No. 1 pick Alex Jackson, and there is also a James Paxton update in this Mariners notebook.
  • The Mariners need to add more offense, Larry Stone writes. However, that would require increasing the payroll and history says it is unlikely that the Mariners will do that.
  • The legal case involving Mrs. Peguero is closed.
  • Salt Lake Bees broadcaster Steve Klauke is calling his 3,000th PCL game today.
  • Nate Freiman homered twice and Sacramento beat New Orleans, 4-2.
  • Colorado Springs beat Reno, 6-4, as the Aces continued to have a rough homestand.
  • A healthy Neftali Feliz nailed down the save in Round Rock’s 5-4 win over Fresno.
  • Kris Bryant keeps homering for Iowa. He hit one in a 4-3 victory over Albuquerque last night, and knocked another one in a day game that is going on today as I write this.
  • Salt Lake’s Brennan Boesch won PCL Player of the Week, but his Bees lost to Nashville yesterday 8-6.
  • Las Vegas outfielder Matt den Dekker hit a three-run homer to give the 51s an 8-5 win over Memphis in ten innings. Las Vegas pitching coach Frank Viola was a pivotal figure in what is considered the greatest College World Series game.
  • Sloppy play cost the Omaha Storm Chasers in a 6-2 loss to El Paso.

It’s the final game of the homestand tonight. The entire PCL is off tomorrow, although the Rainiers host their annual charity golf tournament. Tacoma has an extremely tough travel day on Thursday getting to El Paso for a quick four-game road trip – I’ll try to get a blog post up, but I make no promises!

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