Tacoma used four pitchers to shut out the Reno Aces on Friday night, 2-0, to even the series at a game apiece. Tacoma propped its lead in the Northern Division standings back up to four games.
The game was marred by a rain delay which was longer than the game itself: the delay at the end of the fifth inning lasted 2 hours, 32 minutes – while the game took just 2 hours, 20 minutes to play. It all ended at midnight.
Sensing that it was going to be a long delay, the Rainiers management chose to shoot off the Friday Night Fireworks during the rain delay. This pleased all of the kids in attendance, whose parents weren’t going to let them stay up until midnight for fireworks.* I believe this was the first time I’ve seen a fireworks show during a rain delay at Cheney Stadium. It certainly seemed like the right decision, given the situation at hand.
After the lengthy delay, the tarp was pulled and play resumed. Cody Martin, Paul Fry, Kraig Sitton, and Blake Parker combined on a six-hit shutout, and the Rainiers had themselves a victory.
Big thanks to Pat Dillon of the Everett Aqua Sox for filling in on the broadcast last night. I’m hoping that the night of rest was enough to bring my voice back to a broadcast-capable level. Bob Robertson is coming in to join me tonight, and he’ll help out by picking up some innings.
Yesterday: Four Tacoma pitchers combined to shut out Reno on six hits, 2-0. Tacoma’s runs came on solo homers: Efren Navarro pulled one to right field in the second innings, and Zach Shank blasted a bomb to left in the fifth.
Roster Move: Last night the Mariners activated Leonys Martin from the disabled list, and optioned infielder Luis Sardinas to Tacoma. Tacoma will have to clear a roster spot for him – and there are online reports that Justin DeFratus has been traded to Texas, so that would do it.
Today: Reno (31-29) at Tacoma (35-25-1), 5:05.
Opponent Affiliation: Arizona Diamondbacks.
Season Series: Tied, 1-1.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Kyle Drabek (3-4, 5.93) at LHP Brad Mills (2-1, 3.18).
Hot Rainiers: Zach Shank has gone 9-for-15 with three home runs over his last four games… in his last nine appearances, Blake Parker has allowed just four hits and no runs over 10.2 innings. He’s also 10-for-10 in save opportunities this season… Patrick Kivlehan has hit safely in six straight games and is 9-for-25 since re-joining the Rainiers.
Look Out For: Socrates Brito has a 12-game hitting streak, with 23 total hits – and he’s 5-for-9 in this series… Peter O’Brien leads the PCL with 17 home runs, and we don’t have to deal with him anymore. The Diamondbacks called him up yesterday… Kyle Jensen‘s string of three straight games with a homer ended last night.
Ex-Rainiers: Reno has former Mariners and Rainiers reliever Dominic Leone, and former Rainiers third basemen Carlos Rivero and Ed Lucas.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 4:50 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 ended too late for a story to appear in The News Tribune.
- Seven homers were hit at Safeco Field last night – two by Dae Ho Lee – and the Mariners beat the Texas Rangers, 7-5.
- The Mariners have already reached an agreement to sign No. 1 pick Kyle Lewis, Bob Dutton reports.
- Larry Stone has a column on longtime Mariners scout Wayne Norton, who is coping with ALS but is soldiering on with the help of his wife.
PCL Game Reports:
- Some fun stuff happened in Albuquerque last night, where the team wore retro Dukes jerseys and Paul Konerko was inducted into the local Hall of Fame. The TopesDukes beat Las Vegas, 8-4.
- Sometimes a rehabilitating major leaguer really helps his minor league club – and that’s happening for Salt Lake City right now, as Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons has been red hot during his rehab assignment in a series at Fresno.
- In El Paso, we learn that they nearly named the team the Desert Gators before settling on Chihuahuas – but they had a Desert Gator Night yesterday, in a 4-3 loss to Sacramento. See for yourself.
- The Iowa Cubs welcomed another top prospect before getting drilled by Round Rock, 11-4.
- Destin Hood‘s three-run tater was all New Orleans needed in a 3-2 win over visiting Omaha.
- Colorado Springs rode the big bat of Will Middlebrooks to a 7-6, ten-inning win at Memphis last night. Middlebrooks went 4-for-5 with two homers – including the game-winning shot in the top of the tenth.
- Local guy Dillon Overton pitched for visiting Nashville and stymied the Oklahoma City Dodgers, 10-0.
Hopefully the rain stays away tonight and we can play without a delay!
*this may have pleased the parents, too.