Abraham Almonte singled home Gabriel Noriega with two outs in the bottom of the tenth inning, giving Tacoma a 3-2 victory over Fresno on Friday night.
Almonte’s hit finished off the Rainiers PCL-leading 13th extra-innings game of the season. Tacoma has gone 8-5 in those contests.
The Rainiers benefited from an excellent start by Erasmo Ramirez – the best outing he has had for Tacoma this year.
Ramirez lasted seven innings, giving up just three hits and two walks. He allowed two runs but only one was earned, and he struck out six.
Back to Almonte, he’s been improved lately and is playing like he did last year for Tacoma.
In 33 games played since June 1, Almonte is batting .307 with four homers and 18 RBI. He’s had 127 at-bats, with 14 walks and 29 strikeouts during that period. His on-base percentage is .376, and he’s slugging .472.
These recent results are more in line with the 2014 expectations for Almonte, who was Tacoma’s team MVP last year and won the Mariners starting CF job in spring training – only to have a disastrous first two months of the season.
If he keeps this up, Almonte will eventually earn another shot at the big leagues.
Tonight is one of the big annual events at Cheney Stadium: Pink At The Park Night.
The Rainiers players and coaches will wear special pink uniforms during the game, and fans can bid on them at a live auction after the game. All proceeds from the jersey sale will be donated to the Carol Milgard Breast Center.
Also, there will be a pregame ceremony to honor breast cancer survivors and support those currently battling the disease.
Saturday’s game starts at 7:05 PM (Pacific) – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show begins at 6:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Taijuan Walker (2-1, 4.11) against Fresno RHP Chris Heston (7-4, 3.70).
- Abraham Almonte talked about his game-winning hit in The News Tribune.
- The Mariners won the first game against Oakland as Felix Hernandez was dealing.
- The feeling at Safeco Field was electric, Larry Stone writes.
- Justin Smoak was called up and trade rumors continue to follow the Mariners – check in on Bob Dutton’s notebook for all of the latest.
- Sports Illustrated has an article on underrated Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager.
- Baseball America has a 24-minute podcast all about the Triple-A All-Star Game.
- Sacramento increased its lead in the Pac-North to 4.5 games over second-place Reno with a series-opening 6-3 win over the aces at Raley Field last night.
- Salt Lake tamed the Chihuahuas, 4-2.
- Albuquerque split a doubleheader at Las Vegas, even though Wilmer Flores kept hitting home runs.
- Omaha whacked Colorado Springs, 9-1, as Sky Sox pitcher Juan Nicasio moved to the bullpen.
- Iowa beat Oklahoma City 7-4, and after the game Javier Baez and Kris Bryant packed up and headed off to the MLB Futures Game.
- Nashville scored first at home so it was all over. The Sounds beat Round Rock, 7-3.
- New Orleans jumped all over St. Louis Cardinals prospect Marco Gonzalez in a 6-4 win over Memphis.
- On the 35th anniversary of Disco Demolition Night, tonight the New Orleans Zephyrs are hosting Disco Resurrection Night. The Zephyrs apparently think that won’t cause a riot – I, however, am not so sure. Does anyone want a resurrection? Is it worth rioting to prevent one?