Tacoma ended a brief stretch of offensive futility with one big inning on Saturday night, leading to a 6-5 win at Memphis.
The Rainiers had scored just one run in the previous 22 innings before erupting for six runs in the top of the fourth inning.
Eleven batters came to the plate in the inning, with Dan Vogelbach collecting two hits. Jesus Sucre had a big two-out, two-run double during the rally.
A 6-0 lead proved to be a bit precarious, as Memphis battled to come within one run and threatened to take the lead in the bottom of the eighth inning. Rainiers reliever David Rollins escaped that jam.
The Tacoma pitching staff was uncharacteristically wild, issuing eight walks – two of them with the bases loaded, forcing in runs.
Both of the teams chasing the Rainiers lost yesterday, so Tacoma now leads Fresno by four games and Reno by 7.5 with 23 games to play.
Yesterday: Tacoma scored six runs in the top of the fourth inning and held on for a 6-5 win over Memphis. Dan Vogelbach had two hits in the inning: he started the rally with a single, and completed the scoring with a two-run double.
Roster Move: Bullpen catcher P.J. Jones went to Double-A Jackson and was activated as a player.
Today: Tacoma (70-50-1) at Memphis (58-62), 4:05 (Pacific).
Opponent Affiliation: St. Louis Cardinals.
Season Series: Tied, 1-1.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Zach Lee (0-5, 6.46) at RHP Jeremy Hefner (2-5, 5.04)
Hot Rainiers: James Ramsey is 9-for-18 with a homer and five RBI in his first six games with the team… Dan Vogelbach’s streak of drawing a walk in eight straight games ended, but he had two hits… Mike Freeman has hit safely in all eight games he has played in for Tacoma, with two hits in five of them.
Look Out For: Breyvic Valera is hitting .361 in his first 144 Triple-A at-bats with a ridiculous strikeout-to-walk ratio (18 K’s, 24 walks)… Mike Ohlman has a six-game hitting streak, and he has hit safely in 14 of his last 16 games… 2015 PCL batting champion Jose Martinez has a eight-game streak, going 14-for-31.
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- We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
- My weekly minor league notebook for the paper leads with the Rainiers being in the only PCL pennant race, and has an item on Mariners top prospect Luiz Gohara.
- The Mariners got back on track with a 4-3 win at Oakland.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook covers the anticipated return of James Paxton.
- A relief pitcher could win the AL Cy Young Award, Ryan Divish writes.
- John McGrath has his weekly MLB Power Rankings.
- Drama! Lynchburg catcher Francisco Mejia thought his hitting streak ended at 49 games, but a post-game scoring change extended it to 50. Sounds kind of fishy.
- My beloved pitch clock could be coming to the major leagues.
PCL Game Reports:
- Iowa pitchers struck out 18 Fresno Grizzlies in a 9-5 win – which really helped the Rainiers.
- There was a theatrical finish in Nashville: trailing Reno 1-0 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Arismendy Alcantara hit a game-winning two-run homer.
- Jonathan Dziedzic had a strong start as Omaha edged Sacramento, 4-2.
- Make it six straight losses for Las Vegas, which came back in the ninth inning only to lose in the tenth to New Orleans, 9-8.
- Oklahoma City picked up a 4-2 win over El Paso despite some adventures on the basepaths by Yasiel Puig.
- Kudos to the Salt Lake Tribune, which got the score correct in its coverage of the Bees 7-3 loss to visiting Round Rock.
- Looks like they forgot to humidify the baseballs in Colorado Springs last night. Albuquerque out-slugged the Sky Sox, 13-7.