A Routine 9-1 Double Play

While broadcasting games I keep a scoresheet, and last night I wrote down some numbers I had never previously inked on a scorecard.

“9-1 DP”

Nine is the right fielder, and one is the pitcher. Nobody else touched the ball, and it was a double play.

Here’s how that happened:

Reno’s Ildemaro Vargas was at first base with one out, and Christian Walker was the batter.

Walker hit a pop up to shallow right field, and it looked like it might drop in for a hit, so Vargas threw caution to the wind and started running toward second base.

Tacoma first baseman Dan Vogelbach went back into the outfield to try to catch it, and right fielder Zach Shank came charging in.

Shank caught the fly ball, putting the batter out. Vargas was way off first base.

So Shank threw it to pitcher Christian Bergman, who had run over to cover first base for exactly this situation. Vargas was doubled off, and there you have it: a 9-1 double play.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Tacoma had 16 hits, including three homers, and beat up Reno on the Fourth of July, 12-4. Tyler O’Neill hit two homers, but it should be noted one came off Reno second baseman Kristopher Negron who was mopping up the ninth inning. Gordon Beckham had four hits, and D.J. Peterson drove in four runs.

Today: Tacoma (44-39) at Reno (51-34), 7:05.

Opponent Affiliation: Arizona Diamondbacks.

Season Series: Reno leads, 6-3.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Rob Whalen (0-6, 6.33) at LHP Anthony Banda (6-4, 4.70).

Banda really is pitching today – last we heard, anyway. Reno keeps shuffling its rotation.

Hot RainiersAndrew Aplin has a ten-game hitting streak, and he is 17-for-47 with 14 RBI over his last 17 games… Leonys Martin has been successful in his last 19 stolen base attempts… D.J. Peterson has three straight multiple-hit games (7-for-12)… Steven Baron is 10-for-his-last-22… Tyler O’Neill has hit seven homers in the last 13 games.

Look Out ForOswaldo Arcia has reached base safely in 28 straight games… Socrates Brito has eight hits over his last three games… Zach Borenstein is 8-for-10 over his last three games.

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