Weird Moment ‘Highlights’ Rainiers Loss

The Rainiers had a game to forget on Sunday evening in Oklahoma City, dropping a 9-1 decision to the Dodgers.

Dodgers starter Joe Wieland limited Tacoma to one run over eight innings. The Rainiers didn’t even advance a runner to second base until the eighth inning, when Jabari Blash hit a double. He scored Tacoma’s only run moments later, on a RBI single by Daniel Paolini.

One problem Tacoma had yesterday was that scheduled starting pitcher Edgar Olmos was scratched 30 minutes prior to first pitch, presumably because the Mariners are calling him up today. The Mariners badly need bullpen help after what transpired at Fenway over the weekend.

Anyway, this resulted in an unexpected “bullpen day” for the Rainiers, and Oklahoma City took advantage.

There was some weirdness last night in the third inning.

Two outs, and Tacoma pitcher Tyler Olson has a 1-2 count on Kyle Jensen. Jensen swings and foul-tips strike three into the mitt of catcher Steve Baron. Inning over. The Rainiers players trot off the field, the Bricktown Ballpark grounds crew starts to drag the infield like they always do at the completion of the third inning, and on radio we went to the commercial break.

But wait! Dodgers manager Damon Berryhill successfully convinces the home plate umpire that the foul tip may have bounced in the dirt before Baron caught it. He wants the umpires to huddle and discuss it.

So they do. The umpires meet for a moment, and rule in Berryhill’s favor. Jensen’s foul tip bounced in the dirt and into Baron’s glove, that is not strike three – he’s still alive, with a 1-2 count.

They call the Rainiers out of the dugout and back onto the field. They shoosh the grounds crew – nearly done dragging the infield by this point – off the field.

Tacoma’s players slowly emerge from the dugout and re-take their positions. One player – we’ll keep his identity private – apparently was in the dugout rest room because it took him a long time to get back out on the field.

They let Olson throw a couple of warm-up pitches since it had been a while. Then Jensen got back in the batter’s box, Olson went into his wind-up, threw his pitch – and Jensen struck out immediately, ending the inning.

For real, this time.

The PCL announced that Chien-Ming Wang is the Pitcher of the Week. He had one outing this week, and it was the three-hit shutout of Oklahoma City on Saturday night.

Congrats to Chien-Ming Wang!

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Oklahoma City tied the series by routing the Rainiers, 9-1. The Dodgers scored in six of the eight innings that they batted in, and had a total of 12 hits.

Roster Moves: Prior to yesterday’s game, Lucas Luetge was activated from the disabled list, and Ramon Flores was placed on the disabled list.

Today: Tacoma (57-65) at Oklahoma City (73-48), 5:05 (Pacific).

Opponent Affiliation: Los Angeles Dodgers.

Season Series: Tied, 1-1.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Forrest Snow (8-8, 4.10) at LHP Eric Surkamp (6-3, 3.96).

Hot Rainiers: Stefen Romero has hit safely in five straight games, going 7-for-21… Tony Zilch Zych has pitched a scoreless outing in 16 of his last 17 relief appearances.

Look Out For: O’Koyea Dickson went 3-for-4 with a homer last night, and he’s gone 8-for-17 and scored seven runs in his last five games.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 4:50 (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.

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