Rainiers Win In 14 Innings; Early Game Today

What a game on Sunday. I could – and would – write 2,000 words on it if we didn’t have an early game today. My apologies for not doing it justice, but the PCL schedule says we gotta rise and shine and get on to the next one.

Here’s the short version:

Tacoma’s pitching was excellent. Rehabbing James Paxton looked like he had good velocity, allowing one run in 4.1 innings. He did walk three but he notched five strikeouts, and three of the six hits he allowed were infield singles.

Sacramento starter Drew Pomeranz was great, lasting eight innings and allowing two runs. He carried a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the eighth before Tacoma tied it up on Justin Smoak‘s sacrifice fly.

Through nine innings, it was tied 2-2. Both teams had left a bazillion runners on base, missing out on multiple scoring opportunities. So, we went to extra innings.

Then nothing happened (other than good relief pitching) until the bottom of the 13th inning, when Tacoma managed to not score after loading the bases with one out. That was a real bummer.

The bad trip got worse when Blake Beavan walked the first two batters in the top of the 14th, leading to a Sacramento run. It looked like the Rainiers were going to lose in 14.

But in the bottom of the 14th, the Rainiers rallied and scored two runs to win it. Ji-Man Choi hit a sac fly to score Leury Bonilla with the tying run, and Jesus Montero‘s two-out broken bat single scored the winner.

Tacoma got the win in the nick of time. Catcher Humberto Quintero was warming up in the bullpen, getting ready to pitch the 15th inning because Tacoma was out of properly rested pitchers.

The series is tied 2-2 going into the final game today, and the Rainiers can pull within seven games of first place with a win.

Monday’s game starts at 11:35 AM (Pacific) – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show begins at 11:20 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Erasmo Ramirez (2-4, 4.12) against Sacramento RHP Matt Buschmann (6-5, 5.23).

We had roster moves before Sunday’s game: outfielder Julio Morban was promoted from Double-A Jackson, and reliever Logan Bawcom was activated from the disabled list. Third baseman Gabriel Noriega and pitcher Matt Palmer were placed on the 7-day disabled list.

Links:

  • In his final Rainiers game as a News Tribune intern, promising kid Andy Bixler has the Rainiers game story.
  • Ryan Divish covered the James Paxton rehab.
  • The Mariners lost to Baltimore on Sunday, but at least Chris Taylor had his first double and RBI.
  • In the awakening after Saturday night’s big brawl, Albuquerque topped Reno 5-2 in a peaceful game. There are no quotes in the report, making me wonder if both teams refused to talk about the fight. Reno remains five games out of first place.
  • Las Vegas topped Salt Lake 6-5 in a seesaw battle at Cashman Field. Matt Reynolds hit the go-ahead three-run homer in the seventh for Vegas. Despite the win, manager Wally Backman was not pleased.
  • Jake Goebbert had three hits and three RBI as the Chihuahuas nipped Fresno, 4-3.
  • Memphis swept a doubleheader at Iowa, but the Cubs faithful were happy to see heralded prospect Jorge Soler launch his first Triple-A homer.
  • Justin Bour had a big game and New Orleans beat Omaha, 8-5.
  • Oklahoma City stunned Nashville, scoring four runs in the top of the ninth to claim a 6-5 win at Greer Stadium. Joe Sclafini had the game-winning hit, ending Nashville’s five-game win streak.
  • Round Rock pasted Colorado Springs, 8-2.

Today is the last day of the homestand – Tacoma plays 16 of the next 21 games on the road.

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