Raniers Drop Series Opener, Play Two Today

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.

Links:

  • 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.

One Response to Raniers Drop Series Opener, Play Two Today

  1. Let him off the hook early. Tough too do but chances look good today with our pitchers.

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