Tacoma had perhaps its best pitching performance of the season last night, as Cody Martin tossed seven innings of two-hit ball to lead the Rainiers to a tense 1-0 win at Fresno.
Martin was in total command, but each of the two hits he allowed was a leadoff double. In a game this tight, he was forced to work out of two jams as a result – and he did so, getting through seven innings on 90 pitches.
Martin has faced Fresno in each of his last two starts, and he has the Grizzlies number. In the two starts he’s gone 14 innings and allowed one run on six hits.
For the season, Martin is 6-5 with a 4.33 ERA. He’s really been bringing down the earned run average lately.
Kraig Sitton pitched a perfect eighth inning, retiring three straight left-handed batters.
Casey Coleman was summoned for the ninth inning to protect a 1-0 lead – usual closer Blake Parker had a four-out save the night before so he was unavailable.
Things got a little troublesome in the ninth, due to a one-out single followed by a walk. A groundout for the second out moved the tying and winning runners into scoring position, and Tacoma elected to intentionally walk left-hand hitting Preston Tucker to face right-handed Matt Duffy with the bases loaded.
This put pressure on Coleman to throw strikes, and he was up to the task: he K’d Duffy on a 1-2 pitch to end the game, and the Rainiers had their first 1-0 win of the season.
Yesterday: Tacoma won its fourth straight game – all on the road – 1-0 at Fresno. Cody Martin delivered two-hit ball for seven innings, and Rainiers relievers Kraig Sitton and Casey Coleman finished the job.
Today: Tacoma (43-32-1) at Fresno (36-38), 5:05.
Opponent Affiliation: Houston Astros.
Season Series: Tacoma leads, 5-4.
Starting Pitchers: LHP Brad Mills (3-2, 4.24) at LHP Tommy Shirley (5-4, 4.97).
Hot Rainiers: Rob Brantly has gone 9-for-24 over his last seven games… Tyler Smith is 5-for-10 over his last three outings.
Look Out For: Outfielder Preston Tucker carried an eight-game hitting streak into the series, going 15-for-30, but Tacoma held him to an 0-for-3 last night… closer James Hoyt has seven saves in the last 14 days.
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 story was typed very frantically to beat The News Tribune’s super-early Saturday deadline, and we got it in the paper, but it unfortunately doesn’t have any reaction from manager Pat Listach. We’ll talk to him about the fantastic pitching performance on today’s radio pregame show.
- My weekly Minor League Notebook for the paper looks at the improvement Mike Zunino has made this season.
- The Mariners took an early lead and held on for a 5-4 win over St. Louis on Saturday night.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook leads off with an update on injured pitcher Adrian Sampson – and it is not good.
- John McGrath has updated his weekly MLB Power Rankings, and he has an interesting column on how the Mariners June swoon has made life easier, in some ways, for Jerry Dipoto.
- Ryan Divish took a stab at predicting the major league All-Star teams.
- Larry Stone has a column on how the Mariners have been trending in the wrong direction.
PCL Game Reports:
- Thank you, El Paso! The Chihuahuas won the opener of a four-game series at Reno, 7-4, and Tacoma now has a three game lead in the division. The teams are playing a make-up doubleheader today.
- Albuquerque is… not very good right now. The ‘Topes lost to Salt Lake last night, 5-2, and have dropped nine in a row. For the first time I can recall, Albuquerque has really good pitching and simply no offense. For statheads, this season might screw up Albuquerque’s Park Factor for the next three years.
- Roger “The Shark” Bernadina
ate two River Catshit two home runs and had four hits in Las Vegas’s 16-8 rout of Sacramento.
- Brand new Memphis pitcher Corey Baker blanked New Orleans, 4-0.
- Colorado Springs scored freely in a series-opening 8-5 win at Round Rock.
- Ex-Rainiers pitcher Logan Bawcom has been throwing well; he earned the win in Oklahoma City’s 5-5 victory over Iowa.
- Irving Falu drove in three runs to help Omaha to a 4-2 win at Nashville.
I’m very happy we got this post done with the spotty internet here at the Fresno motor lodge. I was concerned we might have nothing for you today!