Win Streak Ends; Bawcom Climbs

The Rainiers three-game win streak ended in Sacramento on Sunday afternoon, but I want to highlight something that happened on Saturday night.

Third-year Rainiers reliever Logan Bawcom nailed down a save by pitching 3.1 scoreless innings (the longest outing of his career) in Tacoma’s 6-1 victory. This was the first save of the season for Bawcom, and the 28th of his Tacoma career.

Twenty-eight saves ranks Bawcom fourth on Tacoma’s all-time career saves list. Let’s take a look:

    SAVES

  1. Jim Corsi – 36
  2. Bruce Walton – 35
  3. Todd Williams – 33
  4. Logan Bawcom – 28
  5. Joe Bitker, Dick LeMay, Sandy Wihtol – 27

Corsi pitched for the Tacoma Tigers for all or parts of four seasons: 1988-1990 and 1992. His opportunity to pitch in the majors came later than most and he ended up having a long career.

Walton was a teammate of Corsi’s, pitching four years for the Tigers from 1988 through 1991. He enjoyed a few cups of coffee before becoming a pitching coach (he was with the Iowa Cubs last season).

Todd Williams collected 32 of his 33 saves in one season – 2000 – which remains the Tacoma single-season record. He played several seasons in the majors, seeing the most action with Baltimore.

Bawcom served as the Rainiers closer for nearly the entire 2013 season, nailing down 21 saves. He was used mostly as a set-up reliever in 2014 but still notched six saves. This year it’s hard to say what his role is – the way things have gone so far, it’s whoever is available in the bullpen pitches – but it wouldn’t be surprising to see him close games at some point.

He’s got a decent chance to be the all-time saves leader by the end of 2015.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Tacoma couldn’t solve lefthander Ty Blach, who changed speeds effectively in Sacramento’s 6-2 win over the Rainiers on Sunday afternoon. Tacoma’s only runs came on solo dingers by Stefen Romero and Pat Kivlehan. Tacoma’s three-game win streak came to an end (as did Sacramento’s six-game losing streak).

Today: Tacoma (7-11) at Sacramento (9-9) 7:05 PM (Pacific).

Opponent Affiliation: Sacramento is the San Francisco Giants affiliate.

Season Series: Tied, 1-1.

Starting Pitchers: LHP Mike Kickham (0-2, 8.25) at RHP Jake Dunning (1-1, 6.75).

Roster Move: On Sunday the Rainiers lost Roenis Elias to Seattle, and added pitcher Andrew Kittredge from extended spring training. The Mariners optioned Lucas Luetge back to Tacoma on Sunday morning; I’m not sure when he’s going to report but since he pitched 2.1 innings for Seattle on Saturday night he’s probably not physically available to pitch until Tuesday.

Hot Rainiers: The bullpen, as a unit. Tacoma relievers have pitched a total of 12 scoreless innings during the last four games. Jesus Montero was off on Sunday; he has hit safely in 15 of 16 games this season.

Look Out For: Sacramento’s Jarrett “Inside The” Parker went 4-for-4 with two homers and four RBI yesterday, and the second of his homers was an inside-the-park shot. The Rainiers did hold him to an 0-for-4 in the series opener on Saturday, so we’ll see what happens today.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 6:50 (Pacific) on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.

PCL Scoreboard: follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.

Links:

  • As always, we’ll start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
  • The Mariners had a frustrating day at the plate in a 4-2 loss to the Twins on Sunday. Roenis Elias did pitch well, however – better than he did in any of his three starts for the Rainiers. Lloyd McClendon got ejected.
  • John McGrath writes that the Mariners should call up Jesus Montero to inject some life into the offense.
  • Christian Caple pinch-hit for Bob Dutton on the Mariners Notebook.
  • Bob Condotta has an interesting look back to a weird time in baseball: he catches up with one of the Mariners replacement players during 1995 spring training.
  • In the PCL, El Paso continued to play well by taking a 2-1 decision from Salt Lake. The Chihuahuas have won ten of the last 12 games.
  • Two Princeton alums took the mound in the Albuquerque at Las Vegas game, allowing the newspaper to use the words “spread sheet” in the headline.
  • Fresno used the longball to batter the Aces, 9-2. Domingo Santana homered twice and Preston Tucker launched his PCL-leading seventh tater.
  • Oklahoma City is the first PCL team to reach ten games over .500, improving to 14-4 with a 3-1 win over Omaha on Sunday.
  • Derek Dietrich hit his fourth homer as New Orleans edged Nashville, 4-3.
  • Colorado Springs was rained out at home against Iowa. Sky Sox shortstop Luis Sardinas grew up idolizing former Mariner Omar Vizquel.
  • Round Rock stayed hot with a 5-4 win at Memphis. The Express have won seven of its last eight.

2 Responses to Win Streak Ends; Bawcom Climbs

  1. Jack says:

    Mike, have you heard any updates about Hultzen? Would you expect him to join the Rainiers once the weather warms up in the Pacific Northwest? Would he be considered a starter in the Rainiers’ rotation, or does his inning/pitch count limits prevent him from starting?

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