Casey Lawrence has one of the better displays of strike throwing you’ll ever see while pitching the Rainiers to a 9-0 win on Monday night.
Lawrence pitched a complete game, 95-pitch shutout. Amazingly, 77 of the 95 pitches were strikes – only 18 were balls.
It took Lawrence until the seventh inning before he threw his tenth pitch outside of the strike zone. Through seven frames, he had thrown just 62 pitches (52 strikes).
He allowed eight hits, but got some help. His defense turned two double plays behind him, and centerfielder Leonys Martin threw out a runner at home plate in the top of the sixth inning.
It was a gem of a performance, in front of the big July 3rd crowd.
Yesterday: Casey Lawrence pitched a complete game, eight-hit shutout as the Rainiers cruised to a 9-0 win over Albuquerque. Tuffy Gosewisch drove in five runs, including a three-run homer.
Roster Moves: More moves yesterday: the Mariners called up Andrew Moore, optioned reliever Dan Altavilla to Tacoma, and surprisingly released Rainiers reliever Nick Hagadone who was having a good season.
Today: Tacoma (43-39) at Reno (51-33), 6:35.
Opponent Affiliation: Arizona Diamondbacks.
Season Series: Reno leads, 6-2.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Christian Bergman (5-0, 2.90) at LHP Anthony Banda (6-4, 4.70).
Hot Rainiers: Andrew Aplin has a ten-game hitting streak, and he is 17-for-47 with 14 RBI over his last 17 games… Leonys Martin hit .327 with five homers in June, and he has been successful in his last 18 stolen base attempts… D.J. Peterson has back-to-back multiple-hit games (5-for-8).
Look Out For: Oswaldo Arcia has reached base safely in 28 straight games… Kevin Medrano was promoted from Double-A and went 9-for-18 in his first four games… Socrates Brito has consecutive three-hit games.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 6:20 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.
- The TNT has a story on outfielder Boog Powell.
- The Mariners lost to a hot Kansas City club, 3-1, despite a strong effort from Andrew Moore.
- Cutting it short on the PCL links, but Reno lost in ten innings, 6-5 at El Paso last night. Reno split that series, 2-2.
- Oh yeah: Fresno made it 11 straight wins with a 4-1 victory at Sacramento, and Colorado Springs beat Omaha yet again to win the Nine Game Mega Series by a whopping eight games to one.