Tacoma split its doubleheader with Las Vegas on Tuesday night, providing more evidence for my theory that nearly all Triple-A doubleheaders are split.
Vegas won the first game 4-0 as Noah Syndergaard tossed 6.1 scoreless innings in the finest of his four starts against Tacoma this season.
James Paxton had a successful rehab outing health-wise, but he allowed home runs to two of the first four batters he faced to find himself in a 3-0 hole. Paxton finished strongly, retiring eight of the last nine batters he faced. He’s scheduled to pitch for Tacoma again on Sunday against Sacramento.
Tacoma won the second game, 4-3. Jesus Montero was 2-for-2 with a two-run single and a solo home run. That was nice to see after Syndergaard held him in check in the opening game. Montero hot streak update: 34-for-74 with seven HRs and 29 RBI in his last 18 games.
Forrest Snow delivered a strong spot-start in game two, lasting five innings and allowing one run on two hits. Snow picked up the win and he now has a 1.07 ERA in 25.1 innings for Tacoma this season, with a 27-to-7 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Snow is getting a lot of swings-and-misses with his fastball, which is in the low 90s but has good downward plane from his 6-foot-6 frame.
Tacoma leads the Las Vegas series, two games to one, with two games remaining.
Wednesday’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 Andrew Carraway (4-5, 4.76) against Las Vegas RHP Cory Mazzoni (1-0, 4.76).
Yes, it has been raining off-and-on today in Tacoma. This will be just like an April game: the teams are planning to play tonight, and any decision regarding the weather will be made around game time. Follow the Rainiers on Twitter, or Facebook, or check the official website for more information.
- We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
- James Paxton told MLB.com all about his rehab outing.
- The Mariners lost to tough rookie Jacob deGrom and the Mets yesterday, 3-1, despite an outstanding effort by Erasmo Ramirez. Erasmo was optioned back to Tacoma after the game, to make room for Taijuan Walker who started for the Mariners today.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners notebook has a bit on Taijuan Waker, as well as the latest trade rumor.
- Imaginary arrows caused John McGrath to tell us the story of baseball’s first curtain call.
- Sacramento beat El Paso in the 13th inning on Shane Peterson‘s RBI single.
- Andrew Chafin and Reno won a pitcher’s duel at Salt Lake, 4-1.
- Visiting Fresno topped Albuquerque in a rain-shortened game, 1-0. Fresno’s Jason Berken pitched five scoreless innings and will be credited with a shutout.
- New Orleans starter Andrew Heaney was perfect for six innings before allowing a run in the 7th and losing at Iowa, 1-0.
- Omaha fell 1.5 games behind first-place Iowa after a 6-3 loss at Memphis.
- Nashville barely held on to beat Colorado Springs, 7-5.
- Round Rock rallied late to win in Oklahoma City, 4-1.
- Noah Syndergaard made an appearance in Baseball America’s minor league round-up.
Rain, rain, go away!