Omaha starting pitcher Aaron Brooks pitched a complete game six-hitter as the Storm Chasers topped Tacoma on Saturday night, 5-1.
Tacoma scored a run in the fourth inning to tie the game, 1-1, on Justin Smoak‘s RBI double. The Rainiers proceeded to load the bases with one out and it looked like Tacoma might break through with a big inning.
It didn’t happen.
Not only did Brooks escape that jam, it was the beginning of a streak of 17 straight batters he retired to end the game. Tacoma did not get a man on base after the fourth inning.
It was an impressive outing for Brooks, who improved to 11-3 for Omaha.
Meanwhile, the Rainiers playoff chances took a big hit. With Sacramento winning at Memphis, Tacoma is now five games out of first place with nine to play.
The Rainiers welcome the struggling Iowa Cubs to town tonight. Iowa has one of the best prospects in all of the minor leagues in third baseman Kris Bryant, but that doesn’t mean they are winning right now: Iowa ended an eight-game losing streak last night, and they have lost 10 of their last 12 games.
Sunday’s game starts at 5:05 PM – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show begins at 4:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Forrest Snow (2-3, 3.06) against Iowa RHP Dallas Beeler (8-6, 3.80).
- In the Rainiers game story, manager Roy Howell says that Omaha’s Aaron Brooks pitched the best game anyone has against Tacoma this year.
- My minor league notebook for the TNT previews the Iowa Cubs series and looks at Mariners prospect Jabari Henry who hit his 30th home run on Friday night.
- The Mariners used one big inning to down the Red Sox, 7-3. Seattle is going for a sweep today.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners notebook has all of the tidbits you need and desire.
- Lloyd McClendon talked about September call-ups, and Ryan Divish took a stab at guessing who they might be.
- For his Sunday notebook, Ryan Divish spoke with Mariners third base coach Rich Donnelly about taking risks.
- John McGrath ranks the 30 major league teams. He also has a column about how Friday’s epic Mariners comeback could be the turning point of the season.
- If you are an ESPN Insider, Buster Olney’s piece on Tumwater resident Stephen Vogt has some interesting insight on Triple-A.
- In the PCL, Sacramento increased its lead in the Pacific-North by beating Memphis on Saturday night, 6-3. The River Cats had a strong start by Deck McGuire.
- Reno fell two games behind by losing to Iowa, 10-7. Jorge Soler went 5-for-5 and the Aces missed out on a sweep.
- Nashville beat Fresno, 6-2. Nashville and Memphis are tied in first in the American-South with nine games to play.
- Ben Paulsen hit three home runs and Colorado Springs picked up a 12-10 win over Albuquerque. In the game, Joc Pederson became the first PCL player to hit 30 homers and steal 30 bases in 80 years.
- Oklahoma City beat up El Paso, 10-2. We have a Q&A with RedHawks infielder Ronald Torreyes.
- Salt Lake and Round Rock split a doubleheader in Utah.
- Las Vegas outfielder Cory Vaughn hit a walk-off homer and the 51s beat New Orleans, 10-8. The newspaper story focuses on the salaries paid to minor league players.