I thought the Rainiers were going to do it again.
After back-to-back come-from-behind walk-off wins at home, the Rainiers hit the road and were trailing Salt Lake 5-3 going to the ninth inning on Tuesday night.
With one out, Humberto Quintero singled. Then Xavier Avery had a pinch-hit single, and the tying runs were on base with the top of the order coming up.
But Bees reliever David Carpenter nailed down the save, getting Abraham Almonte to pop up and Ji-Man Choi to bounce out, ending the game.
The loss knocked Tacoma back under the .500 mark, at 55-56. But the Rainiers did not lose any ground in the standings, because first-place Sacramento also lost on Tuesday.
The Rainiers will try to bounce back and even the series tonight.
Wednesday’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 Jodan Pries (7-6, 3.78) against Salt Lake RHP Caleb Clay (3-1, 3.43).
- For more details on the Rainiers game, check out the game story from The News Tribune. Tommy Field spoke to the Salt Lake Tribune about his big game.
- The Mariners had a four-run inning and won in Cleveland last night, 5-2. That’s a big win for the M’s.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners notebook has you covered with all of the latest news.
- Joel Sherman of the New York Post wonders why the Mariners haven’t given Jesus Montero a chance this year.
- I said “Amen!” after reading this Baseball America article on the dubious nature of minor league baseball records. There are basic team records in Tacoma that we have no clue about – and our franchise has only been here since 1960.
- In the PCL, Pederson and Peterson homered for Albuquerque in a 7-4 victory at Sacramento.
- Ronny Cedeno had four hits and four RBI to help Reno to a 7-3 win at Fresno. All of the sudden Reno is only three games behind Sacramento.
- Finally, we have a follow-up story from Reno about the big brawl, with all of the suspensions listed.
- El Paso won in Las Vegas, 7-5. The story focuses on Vegas infielder Matt Reynolds, who was recruited by big-time college basketball programs but settled on baseball instead.
- Memphis starter Tyler Lyons went the distance in a 4-1 win at Omaha.
- Kyle Jensen had the game-winning hit in the tenth inning to give New Orleans a 2-1 win over Iowa. Kris Bryant homered for the I-Cubs line run.
- Oklahoma City won in Round Rock, 7-3, as Domingo Santana went 4-for-4. The paper has a story on the homecoming of new Express reliever Corey Knebel.
- Nashville got rained out at Colorado Springs; they’re playing two today. Maybe some Nashville players went fishing yesterday.
- Here’s your daily Baseball America minor league round-up.
Off to the ballpark (well OK, lunch first and then the ballpark). Remember, TV game Thursday night that you can watch!