Rainiers 4, Zephyrs 2
METAIRIE — Starter Blake Beavan scattered six hits over six innings on Tuesday at Zephyr Field, and Tacoma won for the third time in four games in the series.
New Orleans, which had won five of seven games coming into this series, was held scoreless the final five innings. The Zephyrs were 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
The Z’s led 2-1 after Jake Smolinski beat out an infield single that scored Jordan Brown from third. The Rainiers took the lead for good in the fifth after Scott Savastano hit a one-out triple that scored Jesus Sucre, and Abraham Almonte blooped a single, bringing in Savastano.
In pitcher David Aardsma’s contract, the Miami Marlins have until today to bring him up or release him.
“I haven’t heard anything from them,” he said. “So, I’ll just go home and see what happens. I could be there, I could be here, I could be somewhere else.”
The Marlins sent down Aardsma, 31, on April 16. He has pitched 14 innings over 10 games and has a 2.57 ERA with 12 strikeouts. In 10 relief appearances, he has allowed runs just twice. Aardsma had stints in the majors from 2006-2010 and in 2012. His best years came in ’09 and ’10 when he totaled 69 saves. However, in 2011, he had Tommy John surgery.
“I came (to the Zephyrs) to work on my split-finger (fastball), and I think it’s come back,” he said. “I think I pitched well.”
At 5 feet 9, 180 pounds, Danny Farquhar may not seem to be the type with a menacing mound presence. However, Tacoma manager John Stearns said he is one of the Rainiers’ rising young stars.
Farquhar, the team’s closer, is from Pembroke, Fla., but played collegiately at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. In 20 innings over 15 games, he has 30 strikeouts, a 2.25 earned-run average and has scattered 17 hits, getting six saves.
He has been particularly effective of late. In his past 13.2 innings spread over 10 games, Farquhar has allowed one run and struck out 19, and his ERA is 0.66.
He had a successful homecoming of sorts against the Z’s. He closed in the series opener on Saturday and didn’t allow a run or a hit, striking out one, in the one inning he pitched. He came back Sunday and again didn’t allow a run or a hit, striking out the side.
Stearns said Farquhar, who is in his fifth year in the minor leagues, won’t be in Tacoma long. The parent Seattle Mariners already have plans for him.
“Farquhar is one of our better pitchers,” Stearns said. “He could go at any time. He’s having a very good year. He’s kind of been in the closer role, but we’re going to stretch him out, because when he gets called up, he may not be a one-inning guy. He may be a two- or three-inning guy.
“I’m very pleased with the way he’s been throwing the ball.”
Of Farquhar’s performace Sunday, when the Z’s hardly touched his pitches, Stearns said, “He was scintillating, which I think means electric.
“Danny’s really throwing the ball well. I expect he will be in the big leagues in the near future.”
Thursday, 9:05 p.m.: Zephyrs LH Brad Hand (2-2, 2.65 ERA) at Fresno Grizzlies RH Justin Fitzgerald (0-0, 3.60)
Friday, 9:05: Zephyrs RH Doug Mathis (1-3, 3.24) at Grizzlies RH Chris Heston (4-2, 6.18)
Saturday, 9:05: Zephyrs LH Brian Flynn (1-2, 2.63) vs. Grizzlies RH Shane Loux (3-1, 4.40)
Sunday, 5:05: Zephyrs RH Jacob Turner (3-3, 4.78) vs. Grizzlies LH Mike Kickham (1-4, 5.40)
A four-game series follows at the Sacramento River Cats from Monday to Thursday. Games are broadcast on WMTI-FM, 106.1.