Tacoma’s four-game win streak ended with a 4-3 loss at El Paso on Friday night.
The Rainiers got unlucky in the first five innings against El Paso starter Dann Roach. Roach was wild and issued a lot of walks, but the Rainiers batters kept hitting line drives right at defenders.
Roach even carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning before Justin Smoak broke it up with a one-out double. This despite walking the leadoff man in four of the first six innings.
Roach finished with a weird pitching line: 6 IP, 2 hits, 2 runs, 6 walks, 0 strikeouts.
How does that even happen?
Anyway, by the time the Rainiers started to get some hits to fall in, it was just a little too late.
The Rainiers will try to turn the tables on the Chihuahuas in today’s day/night split doubleheader.
Saturday’s first game starts at 11:05 AM (Pacific), and the late game will be at 6:05 PM (Pacific) – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show begins 15 minutes before first pitch on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Andrew Carraway (3-4, 4.52) against Chihuahuas RHP Chris Smith (–) in the day game, and it will be RHP Jordan Pries (4-5, 2.65) against RHP Matt Wisler (4-4, 5.62) in the night game.
- I wrote the Rainiers game story for The News Tribune – it now comes with a box score. The El Paso paper has a photo gallery from the game.
- The Mariners edged Cleveland, 3-2, as Endy Chavez ripped his annual home run. The Mariners are 43-37 one game shy of the halfway point.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners notebook has all kinds of stuff about the ever-changing roster. He also has a brief item on Jabari Blash‘s 50-game suspension.
- The Rainiers remained eight games behind first place Sacramento in the Pac-North. The River Cats got shut down by Las Vegas veteran Giancarlo Alvarado last night.
- Reno was swept in a doubleheader at Albuquerque, losing both games by a score of 3-2. There was a lot going on: Purple Night, Laker Girls, a walk-off home run in game one by Brian Cavazos-Galvez, and a gem tossed in game two by Stephen Fife.
- Fresno lost at home to Salt Lake, 9-7. Football star “Ickey” Woods was there, and he shuffled. Talk about good timing: the Fresno Grizzlies are having a Tim Lincecum throwback bobblehead giveaway today and fans started lining up last night!
- Jimmy Nelson pitched like, well, Jimmy Nelson in Nashville’s 5-0 win over New Orleans. Nelson went seven shutout innings with nine strikeouts, and he now leads the PCL in wins, ERA, and strikeouts. That’s the pitching Triple Crown.
- Rising star Domingo Santana‘s fourth hit of the game was a walk-off three-run homer to give Oklahoma City an 8-5 win over Omaha.
- Round Rock third baseman Ryan Rua – freshly promoted from Double-A – launched a crucial three-run homer in the eighth inning as the Express beat Memphis, 8-7.
- Iowa’s “vaunted” infield produced big offensive numbers in a 16-3 win at Colorado Springs.
Off to the ballpark, where I will spend the next 13 or 14 hours. It’s a huge, state-of-the-art facility – which means, I believe, that I will be able to find a nice sofa somewhere for a cat nap between games.