Tacoma took down a back-and-forth game in Fresno on Sunday night, 7-6. Tonight the team opens a four-gamer in Salt Lake City.
Sunday’s game was crazy – although it certainly didn’t seem like it was going to be a wild one.
You can find the full blow-by-blow in The News Tribune story (first link below), but here is a brief run-down:
Erasmo Ramirez took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth, but Fresno tied it up. Tacoma scored three in the top of the 7th, Fresno got one back in the bottom. It was 5-3 Tacoma with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, when Fresno scored three runs to grab a 6-5 lead – old pal Guillermo Quiroz hit the go-ahead two-run double.
The Rainiers promptly returned the favor in the top of the ninth. Nick Franklin doubled, Jesus Monero singled, Ty (Tie?) Kelly tied it with a single, and Gabriel Noriega singled home the winning run. Carson Smith nailed it down in the bottom of the ninth for his fifth save.
The victory gave Tacoma a series win, two games to one, and the club is 16-8 over the last 24 games. Overall, the team is 42-47 and creeping towards .500.
Now the team heads to Salt Lake City for a four-game series starting tonight. The Bees just dropped two-of-three at home to El Paso, and they have lost five of their last seven.
One thing I noticed while doing my prep work: Salt Lake has been scoring a lot of runs, but holy cats are they giving up a lot! I expect to see some high-scoring games these next four days.
Monday’s game starts at 6:05 PM (Pacific) – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show begins at 5:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Matt Palmer (1-4, 4.76) against Salt Lake LHP Wade LeBlanc (5-2, 4.92).
- We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
- Hector Noesi shut down the Mariners and that’s all I have to say about that.
- Felix Hernandez and Robinson Cano are the Mariners all-stars – plus there is more in Bob Dutton’s notebook.
- The All-Star Game could use Fernando Rodney, John McGrath writes.
- Here’s a story on Mariners Double-A Jackson shortstop Ketel Marte.
- Baseball America released its mid-season Top-50 prospects list, and one Mariner made the cut.
- Self-serve beer machine? Self-serve beer machine.
- In the PCL, Salt Lake had a bullpen implosion in a 12-10 loss to El Paso on Sunday.
- Sacramento scored four runs in the 1st, 3rd, and 5th innings en route to a 14-7 win at Reno. Sacramento took that series two games to one, and the Cats lead the Pac-North by 3.5 games. The Reno paper has a nice piece on lefty reliever Joe Paterson from Oregon State.
- We’ve got a home run flurry: Wilmer Flores of Las Vegas homered in his fifth straight game, with six total dingers, in a 12-1 win at Albuquerque. Carl Crawford was rehabbing with the ‘Topes, and he had some adventures in the outfield.
- Rainier Beach product Matt Fields launched two home runs and drove in five as Omaha downed Colorado Springs, 7-2. Now Omaha welcomes the Iowa Cubs “circus” to town.
- Nashville added first baseman Matt Clark and he had three hits and four RBI in a 10-6 win at Round Rock.
- Cubs top prospect Manny Ramirez drove in the winning run in Iowa’s 5-4 win at Oklahoma City. OK, he’s 42, but whatever. Real top prospects Kris Bryant and Javier Baez each homered.
- Memphis completed a three-game sweep of New Orleans with a 5-2 win. Tommy Pham had two hits and two RBI.
- Jim Brosnan passed away. He forever changed sports literature, and I highly recommend his two books about his playing days. Here is his New York Times obituary.
This will be Tacoma’s first game in Salt Lake City this season. I say it every year, and I’ll say it again: this is one of the most beautiful settings in minor league baseball. If you’re ever in SLC during baseball season, make sure you go to a game.