Zephyrs 5, Rainiers 3
The Zephyrs scored one run in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to get their first win in this series Monday night at Zephyr Field.
In the fifth, Bryan Petersen and Ed Lucas hit consecutive one-out doubles to give New Orleans the lead for good, 3-2. In the sixth, Jake Smolinski hit a two-out solo homer to left field. And in the seventh, Gorkys Hernandez, who had led off with a double, scored on a single by Petersen.
Jacob Turner (3-3) gave up just two runs in seven innings. Chris Hatcher pitched the ninth for the save, getting all three outs on strikeouts.
What: Tacoma Rainiers at New Orleans Zephyrs.
When: 11:30 a.m.
Where: Zephyr Field, Metairie.
Probable pitchers: Zephyrs left-hander Duane Below (2-1, 2.76 ERA) vs. Rainiers right-hander Blake Beavan (0-2, 5.91).
RADIO: WMTI-FM, 106.1.
It’s Science Day. Professor Steve brings his “Amazing World of Science” to Zephyr Field for an afternoon of impressive science demonstrations.
Also Triple Play Taco Tuesday. Fans can receive an upper-deck ticket, a taco and a soft drink for $10.
Rainiers third baseman Alex Liddi is from Sanremo, Italy.
He is known for his power and is tied for second in the PCL with seven homers. And he scored his 188th run in 250 games with Tacoma.
But he obviously has to get used to pitching at the AAA level.
Liddi has 60 strikeouts in 38 games, on pace to strikeout 215 times this season, which would shatter the PCL record of 184.
“I’ve seen him in nine games,” scout Brendan Hause said. “He can’t lay off the slider, and he doesn’t do a good job of hitting it. He swings at it every time.”
The Mariners optioned catcher Kyle Skipworth back to New Orleans. Catcher Jeff Mathis is being brought back to Miami on Tuesday. On a rehab assignment in New Orleans, Mathis hit a one-out homer in the fourth inning Sunday. He had broken his collarbone in the Marlins’ spring training opener in February. … The Rainiers placed center fielder Denny Almonte on the seven-day disabled list, and Abraham Almonte was assigned to Tacoma from the Jackson (Miss.) Generals. He hit .255 in Jackson. The two are not related. Denny Almonte was replaced at center field Sunday in the seventh inning by Nate Tenbrink. Denny Almonte has a pulled leg muscle.
Sunday was to be the Rainiers’ Nate Tenbrink’s day off.
But he was pressed into action because center fielder Carlos Peguero injured himself running the bases in Sunday’s 14-1 rout of the Zephyrs.
Then, Tenbrink replaced Denny Almonte in center field in the seventh after Almonte hurt his leg. Tenbrink immediately made a diving over-the-shoulder catch of a well-hit-ball by Wilson Valdez with two on.
In five at-bats, Tenbrink struck out five times, the Golden Sombrero.