The Rainiers were one strike away from beating Omaha and pulling within 3.5 games of first-place Reno on Wednesday night – but it wasn’t meant to be.
Omaha’s Yamaico Navarro fouled off four consecutive 1-2 pitches before pulling a low line drive just inside the left field foul pole for a 3-run homer, giving Omaha a stunning 4-2 win over Tacoma.
Navarro’s drive looked like it was going to hook foul, and I was also unsure that it would carry over the fence. Somehow it stayed fair, and it stayed high enough to barely clear the fence in the corner.
It was a tough loss for Tacoma, which had taken a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the eighth inning on Johan Limonta’s run-scoring double. Tacoma has lost two straight close, low-scoring games to Omaha.
The Rainiers did get an outstanding start from 22-year-old Forrest Snow. Snow lasted seven innings and gave up just one run on four hits. Snow did not walk a batter while matching his career high of nine strikeouts.
Tacoma remains 4.5 games behind Reno. It sure would be nice to pick up one more game before the big series opens in Reno on Saturday.
Tonight Tacoma hosts Omaha at 7:05, and it’s Tasty Thursday at Cheney Stadium ($2 Miller beers and $1 hot dogs, coffee, soda, etc.). Tacoma starts LHP Chris Seddon (8-6, 6.43) against RHP Sean O’Sullivan (6-2, 3.20). You can hear the broadcast on 850 AM and streaming online right here.
Roster note: Luke French cleared waivers this morning and was outrighted to Tacoma. Look for him to rejoin the Rainiers starting rotation – perhaps as early as tomorrow.
- Leading off, it’s the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
- An ex-Rainiers pitcher faced the Mariners and he notched 12 strikeouts.
- New Mariners signees Danny Hultzen and Brett Miller met the media.
- Since returning to the major leagues, Mike Carp has been one of the best hitters in baseball.
- Colorado Springs slugger Mike Jacobs tested positive for HGH and was promptly released. Jacobs was hitting .298 with 23 home runs and 97 RBI for the Sky Sox.
- Oklahoma City topped Reno 2-1 behind the pitching of Lucas Harrell, who allowed just two hits over seven shutout innings.
- It took 13 innings and ended with infielder Andy LaRoche pitching, and Sacramento defeated Albuquerque on Wednesday night, 4-3. LaRoche earned the win – he allowed a run in the top of the 13th, but the River Cats scored twice in the bottom of the inning.
- Brewers top pitching prospect Wily Peralta was dealing yesterday: seven shutout innings with nine strikeouts, helping Nashville beat Tucson, 4-0.
- Logan Morrison had a big game and New Orleans topped Colorado Springs, 5-4.
- Round Rock starter Mark Hamburger left the Fresno Grizzlies hungry last night in a 1-0 victory. Hamburger comes with the cheese – he’s really got some extra mustard on the fastball. Hamburger’s pitches weren’t too juicy to the Grizzlies. Hamburger has been on a roll lately – err, make that a bun. Nobody’s been able to take a bite out of Hamburger. Hamburger keeps cool by putting lettuce under his cap.
Suddenly I’m hungry. Time for lunch.