Tacoma took the first game in Albuquerque on Saturday night, getting a terrific pitching performance from Erasmo Ramirez and relievers Logan Kensing and Carson Smith.
After scoring three runs with two outs in the top of the first inning, the Rainiers never gave up the lead and picked up a 5-2 win.
The pitching performance was tremendous. Albuquerque is one of those great PCL hitter’s parks, and you expect high scoring games here. The wind was blowing in from right field last night, but still Tacoma pitchers did a great job of getting ground ball outs.
The Rainiers are back over .500 at 58-57, and they are 3-2 on the current eight-game road trip. How about this stat: in the last 50 games, Tacoma is 32-18.
On the roster front, James Jones and Stefen Romero joined the team last night, and pitcher Matt Palmer was activated from the seven-day disabled list. Tacoma now has a full roster of 25 players.
Albuquerque is playing with 23 right now, because two players are suspended as a result of their actions in the brawl with Reno last week. Erisbel Arrubarrena is suspended through August 4, and pitcher Carlos Frias has another day to go (he will start tomorrow against Tacoma). These players count on the 25-man roster but cannot play.
Sunday’s game starts at 5:05 PM (Pacific) – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show begins at 4:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Andrew Carraway (5-5, 5.73) against Albuquerque RHP Red Patterson (4-7, 5.70).
- The Rainiers game story from The News Tribune has reaction from Erasmo Ramirez about his great start.
- My Sunday minor league notebook for the paper looks at some Mariners hitting prospects who are finally healthy, and University of Washington product Jake Lamb who was promoted to Triple-A Reno.
- The Mariners won in Baltimore on Saturday night, 6-3. Austin Jackson had his first big game for the Mariners.
- Corey Hart landed on the Mariners disabled list, and the team is going with an eight-man bullpen. All that and more in can be found in Bob Dutton’s Mariners notebook.
- Ryan Divish has a column on trade deadline winners and losers, power rankings, and an ex-Mariner of the week.
- Sad news: terrific broadcaster Pete Van Wieren has passed away.
- In the PCL, Sacramento had a big inning and beat Las Vegas, 7-5. The River Cats are mimicking Cheney Stadium’s Summit Club with a new construction at Raley Field.
- Dustin Martin and Jake Lamb homered to help Reno to a 7-5 win at El Paso. MiLB.com has more on Lamb’s first Triple-A start.
- Fresno beat Salt Lake 11-7 on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Night. For an anecdote that defies description, check out this notebook. Also, Fresno has a new closer.
- Carlos Peguero had a big game to help Omaha pull within a half-game of first place Iowa in the American-North. Omaha beat Iowa, 6-2.
- Oklahoma City lit up the scoreboard in a 13-6 win over Colorado Springs.
- Round Rock beat Memphis 5-2 on a three-run homer in the eighth by Brett Nicholas. Jackie Moore was the first inductee into the Round Rock Express Hall of Fame.
- Have a day, Michael Blazek. Nashville’s starting pitcher tossed 5.2 shutout innings, had two hits and drove in two runs in a 4-2 win at New Orleans.
It’s day five of the eight-day road trip. Tacoma’s next home game is on Thursday.