Rainiers Ride Pitching To Win

Tacoma put together a terrific combined pitching effort on Tuesday night in a 5-1 win over Sacramento. The victory gave Tacoma a 2-1 lead in the four-game series, which ends with the early game today.

Forrest Snow made the start, and it looked like he might struggle early. He allowed a run in the first, and runners were at the corners with one out when he got a strike ’em out, throw ’em out double play to end the inning.

From that point forward, Snow was really strong. He made it through five innings on 76 pitches, and left with a 4-1 lead. He’s pitched from the bullpen all year until six days ago, so this was a long outing for him.

Then we got our first look at the switch-pitcher, Pat Venditte. In the sixth inning he faced one batter left-handed, the next two right-handed, and then switch back to pitch lefty for the fourth hitter. In the seventh everyone was right-handed, and so was he.

His switching of the six-fingered glove from hand-to-hand is seemless and it would be easy to miss the switch-pitching if you weren’t paying attention. Venditte pitched two scoreless innings.

Emilio Pagan pitched the eighth inning, and he did something very rare: he pitched an “immaculate inning.”

That’s what they call it when a pitcher strikes out the side on nine pitches. Pagan fanned Gorkys Hernandez, Kelby Tomlinson, and Ramiro Pena on three pitches each.

No one really knows how often there have been immaculate innings in baseball history, but it’s not common. The Rainiers were victims of one last season, when Colorado Springs reliever Jaye Chapman threw one on August 21.

Once the switch pitching and immaculate innings were over, Andrew Kittredge came in and got the final three outs with some traditional 95 mph cheese and the Rainiers were winners.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Four Tacoma pitchers combined on a six-hitter, helping lift the Rainiers to a 5-1 win over Sacramento. Tacoma moved 21 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2001 season, and opened up a five-game lead in the standings.

Roster Move: Yesterday the Mariners activated Ketel Marte from the disabled list, and optioned infielder Mike Freeman to Tacoma. Expect more moves today in the wake of the Mariners 15-inning game last night.

Today: Sacramento (54-64) at Tacoma (69-48-1), 11:35.

Opponent Affiliation: San Francisco Giants.

Season Series: Tacoma leads, 8-7.

Starting Pitchers: LHP Ty Blach (12-6, 3.58) at RHP Cody Martin (9-6, 3.95)

A tough customer on the mound for Sacramento. Blach, in his second Triple-A season, leads the PCL in wins and ranks seventh in ERA.

Hot Rainiers: James Ramsey is 7-for-13 with a homer and five RBI in his first four games with the team… Daniel Robertson has hit .349 since the all-star break, and he has nine hits over his last four games… Dan Vogelbach has drawn a walk in six straight games.

Look Out For: Chris Denorfia is 14-for-36 with three homers over his last ten games… Ali Castillo has hit .440 (11-for-25) against Tacoma this year.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 11:20 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:

  • The Rainiers game story covers the offensive efforts of the club.
  • The Mariners pulled off a stunning win last night, beating Detroit 6-5 with two runs in the bottom of the 15th inning after falling behind in the top of the frame. They have won five in a row and are in the wild card hunt.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook covers roster moves, roster moves, roster moves, and the team picture.

PCL Game Reports:

Today is the Rainiers last home game for a little while. Thursday is a travel day to Tennessee, where the Rainiers have an eight-game road trip to Memphis and Nashville starting with Friday night’s game. Our next blog update will come mid-day on Friday.

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