Tim Lincecum dominated the Tacoma Rainiers twice in 2007, but nine years later Tacoma was finally able to get him.
The first three batters in the first inning reached against Lincecum, with Ketel Marte and Chris Taylor getting hits and Efren Navarro drawing a walk. That led two a pair of runs scoring.
Tacoma added another in the second inning when Daniel Robertson drew a leadoff walk and eventually scored on a single by Tyler Smith.
It’s a good thing Tacoma got those early runs against Lincecum, who was pitching in his first game in 11 months. He got on a roll after the second inning, retiring nine straight batters and making it through five innings on 88 pitches. He allowed three hits and three walks, while striking out five.
Adrian Sampson got the win for Tacoma, allowing one run in six innings. Sampson has been remarkably consistent, delivering a Quality Start in eight of his 11 starts this season. He lowered his season earned run average down to 2.83.
It had to have been a thrill for Sampson, who was a student at Skyline High School when Lincecum was reeling off his back-to-back Cy Young seasons in 2008 and 2009.
As for Lincecum, he’s expected to make on more start in the PCL with a target of joining the Angels starting rotation on June 12.
Yesterday: Tacoma scored three runs over the first two innings against Tim Lincecum, Adrian Sampson delivered another quality start, and the Rainiers beat Salt Lake, 6-1. Mike Baxter‘s two-run homer in the eighth inning opened up a tight game.
Roster Move: Cody Martin was called up prior to last night’s game – in fact, he earned the win in the Mariners miracle comeback. Tacoma adds Sam Gaviglio from Double-A Jackson today and he’ll be inserted into the starting rotation on Saturday.
Today: Salt Lake (26-26) at Tacoma (32-21-1), 7:05.
Opponent Affiliation: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Season Series: Tacoma leads, 6-1.
Starting Pitchers: LHP Nate Smith (3-2, 4.80) at RHP Donn Roach (4-3, 4.98).
Hot Rainiers: Jonathan Aro has allowed just one earned run on two hits over his last 16 innings, spanning 11 appearances. They’re batting .043 against him during that time… In his last seven appearances, Blake Parker has allowed just two hits and no runs over 7.1 innings. He’s also 9-for-9 in save opportunities this season… Daniel Robertson is 7-for-13 with three RBI over his last four games.
Look Out For: Kaleb Cowart has gone 9-for-21 with four doubles over his last five PCL games… Drew Jackson has hit safely in 11 of 12 games since joining Salt Lake.
Ex-Rainiers and Local Dudes: Salt Lake has former Rainiers players Lucas Luetge, Ji-Man Choi, and Erik Kratz, as well as Washington natives Tim Lincecum and Kyle Kendrick.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 6:50 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.
- The Rainiers game story from The News Tribune includes a video and photo gallery.
- Here’s a report on Tim Lincecum‘s game from the Orange County Register, and another from The Los Angeles Times.
- Tim’s father Chris Lincecum is proud of his son’s comeback bid.
- The Mariners had the biggest comeback in franchise history, overcoming a 12-2 deficit to beat San Diego, 16-13. Included was an incredible nine-run inning in which all nine runs scored with two outs. How does that even happen?
- It was the most amazing game of the year, according to ESPN.
- Grant Brisbee’s recap of the game is terrific fun.
- Wins like that help the Mariners build momentum with the fans, Larry Stone writes.
- John McGrath has a column on James Paxton.
- The Mariners designated Joel Peralta for assignment, we learn in Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook.
- Hooray! A Mariner made Baseball America’s weekly Prospect Hot Sheet.
PCL Game Reports:
- Roger Bernadina homered in the tenth inning to give Las Vegas a 9-8 win at Reno, and the Rainiers now lead the division by six games. Infielder Matt Reynolds was called up by the Mets; which is pertinent right now because the Rainiers play Las Vegas on Saturday.
- The “potent Chihuahuas” took down Sacramento, 6-3. Hunter Renfroe hit three doubles.
- Fresno swept a doubleheader at Albuquerque. The defending champions have been playing a little better recently, going 9-5 over the last 14 games. They’re still four games under .500.
- Memphis gave up four runs in the ninth and lost at home to New Orleans, 4-1.
- Omaha’s 9-2 lead disappeared in Colorado Springs, and they lost 13-9. We call that “getting Colorado sprung.”
- One day after seeing it’s nine-game win streak halted, Nashville got right back on track with an 8-5 win over Round Rock. They are 17-2 over 19 games.
Fireworks tonight, then we are off to Vegas for a quick four-game trip.