Rainiers 7, Zephyrs 3
Tacoma scored four runs in the seventh inning against reliever Eric Jokisch on Saturday at Zephyrs Field in bouncing back from its series-opening loss.
The Rainiers (30-19), who have the Pacific Coast League’s best record, had lost their previous two games. New Orleans (20-28) lost for the fifth time in six games.
“We didn’t get some two-out hits early in the game that could have scored some runs, and they really swung the bats,” Zephyrs manager Arnie Beyeler said. “And, that four-run inning really hurt us, even though we came back.”
Jokisch relieved starter Chris Reed and gave up three consecutive singles and a walk, as a two-run deficit became 4-0. Tyler Smith and Dario Pizzano then hit two-out RBI singles, boosting the lead to 6-0. It marked the fourth time in six games in which a big inning doomed the Zephyrs.
Reed (0-2) allowed two runs in the second after hitting Mike Zunino and Mike Baxter to start the inning. Pizzano singled in one run, and a another scored on Boog Powell’s groundout.
Rainiers starter Adrian Sampson (5-3) shut out the Z’s on five hits in seven innings, striking out six.
When the Miami Marlins signed catcher Carlos Corporan on Wednesday and assigned him to the Zephyrs, it appeared inevitable that red-hot Tomas Telis, batting .360 this season and on a 17-game tear, soon would be called up.
That still could happen, but it was evident Friday in Corporan’s first game behind the plate with New Orleans that he brings something to the Zephyrs. Manager Arnie Beyeler and Chris Narveson said the way Corporan called the game played a big part in the 3-1 victory, while Narveson allowed one run on four hits over six innings.
“He caught me when we played in Milwaukee (2009),” Narveson said. “He thinks with the pitcher. He knows who you are.”
Corporan, 32, who has played six seasons in the Majors with Milwaukee, Houston and Texas, also played with Zephyrs pitchers Paul Clemens and Jarred Cosart in 2013 with the Astros. He caught Cosart’s first game, in which he was pitching a no-hitter before giving up a late hit.
The Marlins signed Corporan when he was released by the Tampa Bay Rays after hitting .208 in 30 games with Triple-A Durham. Coming to the Z’s gets him back into his game, he said.
“It’s just the way I handle the pitching staff, and I can throw (base-stealers) out,” said Corporan, a career .218 hitter in the Majors. “(The Marlins are) in the National League. My game plays better here.”
Isaac Galloway came into Saturday’s game having not committed an erros in 101 chances this season, which leads the Pacific Coast League. ...When Telis singled leading off the fourth inning Saturday, it increased his hitting streak to eight games. He came into Satruday’s agme having gone 15-of-29 (.510) since the May 14 game at El Paso. … Corporan doubled to right field in the fifth, his first hit as a Zephyr. It came in his second at-bat of the game after having gone 0-for-3 in his debut on Friday. … Tacoma came into the series without its leading hitter, Stefen Romero, who was called up to Seattle after the Mariners decided to put center fielder Leonys Martin on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Romero hit .358, third in the PCL, in 39 games with Tacoma. Rainiers manager Pat Listach said Romero could return soon, as Martin’s injury is minor and the move precautionary.