The Rainiers dropped the first game of the road trip, falling in New Orleans 5-4 on Tuesday night.
This one felt good for a while – despite being mostly shut-down by heralded pitching prospect Andrew Heaney, Tacoma carried a 2-0 lead into the seventh inning stretch.
Ketel Marte hit an opposite-field two-run double after an error and a bunt single in the third inning. Batting right-handed, Marte drove a Heaney pitch off the base of the fence in right field.
The Marte drive showed that he has some pop. We’re in New Orleans, and this is a pitcher’s park where the ball doesn’t carry well.
Andrew Carraway tossed 5.2 shutout innings and was terrific after a grueling travel day.
But, New Orleans rallied to score five late runs against the normally terrific Rainiers bullpen. The crushing blows came when Justin Bour and Mark Canha hit back-to-back solo homers in the bottom of the eighth.
It was the second straight loss for Tacoma, and the Rainiers fell to seven games back in the standings with 20 remaining.
The one-run game was the Rainiers 46th of the year – this is the most one-run games Tacoma has played since 2007, when the club was involved in 49 of them. Tacoma is 24-22 in one-run games this season.
Tacoma looks to turn things around tonight with Roenis Elias on the mound. Reports out of Seattle indicate that Elias is looking to have a 60-pitch tune-up before returning to the Mariners rotation next week.
Wednesday’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 LHP Roenis Elias (Triple-A debut) against New Orleans LHP Brian Flynn (7-8, 4.00).
- We open with the Rainiers game story for The News Tribune.
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The team should be better rested and ready to go tonight. Should be a fun one at Zephyr Field!