Spot-starter Roenis Elias was terrific in his Triple-A debut on Wednesday night, tossing five no-hit innings in the Rainiers 4-2 victory over New Orleans.
This was a one-time deal for Elias, who will return to the Mariners and start on Monday in Philadelphia. The left-hander jumped directly from Double-A to the big leagues with his strong spring training performance, and he had never pitched in a Triple-A game until last night.
He was scheduled to throw between 60-65 pitches, and that’s exactly what he did. He needed just 62 pitches to get through five innings.
Reliever Matt Palmer was able to carry the no-hitter through the sixth, but Mark Canha hit a leadoff double in the seventh and in the end Tacoma had to settle for a two-hitter.
Rainiers left fielder Ji-Man Choi had a three-hit game, his first since June 28. Choi drove in Tacoma’s first run and lifted his batting average to .279.
Stefen Romero contributed a two-out, two-run single in the fourth inning. Romero has 14 RBI in ten games since being optioned to Tacoma on August 1.
The Rainiers look to take the lead in the series tonight.
Thursday’s game starts at 5:00 PM (Pacific) – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show begins at 4:45 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Forrest Snow (2-2, 1.56) against New Orleans RHP Alex Sanabia (5-5, 5.04).
- We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
- Also checking in on the Roenis Elias start was MiLB.com. This story has lots of reaction from Rainiers pitching coach Jaime Navarro.
- The Mariners shut out Toronto 2-0 on Wednesday night. That finished off a three-game sweep and an 8-1 homestand. They’re kind of hot right now, eh?
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners notebook is right here.
- In the PCL, the Rainiers got some help from Christian Bergman and Colorado Springs last night. The Sky Sox beat Sacramento, 4-2, and ended an eight-game road losing streak. Tacoma is six games out of first with 19 to play.
- Reno gained a game on Sacramento by holding off Round Rock, 3-2. Reno is three games out of first.
- Fresno scored three runs in the eighth and picked up a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over Oklahoma City.
- Nashville battered the Chihuahuas, 13-3.
- Despite two home runs from Jamie Romak, Albuquerque lost to Memphis, 6-5.
- Catcher Francisco Pena launched his 25th homer as Omaha picked up a 5-3 win over Salt Lake.
- Las Vegas shortstop Matt Reynolds hit two triples in a 6-4 win at Iowa, and now Iowa and Omaha are tied in first place atop the American-North. Cubs fans are wondering when Kris Bryant and his 39 home runs are going to be called up to Chicago.
- Mariners prospect Gabriel Guerrero makes an appearance in Baseball America’s round-up.