== Cleveland righty dominates ==
Sometimes you’re the hammer and sometimes you’re the nail.
The M’s have frustrated a lot of hitters this season with strong pitching performances — enough to keep Seattle at the forefront of the battle for the coveted Second Wild Card — but Saturday it was the opposing team that had the buzzsaw that rendered bats useless.
It was Josh Tomlin, a guy who sort of hovered around being OK for a few years until finally landing on a sweet spot in 2014 (1.3 BB/9; 8.1 K/9).
And he just totally crushed Mariners with a complete-game one-hitter with zero walks and 11 strikeouts. He faced the near-minimum 28 batters and induced 15 swinging strikes. Bill James Game Score of 96 (which is pretty epic).
Meanwhile Roenis Elias … well, he didn’t do that. So it didn’t matter much. But he wasn’t at his best.
- Baseball-reference.com boxscore here.
One more news note that I left out of the couple of news-y posts I did the last few days. Xavier Nady had an opt-out provision in his contract, which he used to, well, opt out.
So one less mouth to feed at Tacoma. Nady is and MLB vet who was given a chance to be a right-handed bat for the Big Club if he did OK in Tacoma. He wasn’t anything too great, plus events did not conspire in his favor.
- Mariners affiliates scoreboard here.
- Tacoma got in a load of baseball with a day-night double-header that was not subject to the seven-inning rule. Meaning they played nine and nine, except the nightcap went to 13.
- In the opener, the Rainiers stormed back from a 6-1 deficit to tie at 6-6, only to see El Paso score in the bottom of the 9th to win 7-6. Nick Franklin, however, had a triple and two singles. Xavier Avery, now the only X-man left, got his 3rd home run.
- The nightcap was a see-saw affair, with Tacoma getting three in the top of the 13th to win. And it was Avery again: he sent two more balls over the fence. Three for the day! Chris Taylor reached base five times on four hits and a walk.
- Someday maybe we can roll the Morbanwagon out of drydock. Julio Morban had a triple and a single to help Jackson to a narrow win.
- High Desert won behind homers from Jordy Lara (his 13th) and Travis Witherspoon (his 9th).
- Clinton’s game was cut short by weather, but not before Jack Reinheimer got his first homer of the year in the 74th game. He also has 24 steals, which is the most in the organization. Chantz Mack also homered and Aaron Barbosa had three hits.
- Red-hot middle infielder Nelson Ward got three more hits, and has 13 in his first 36 at-bats for Pulaski.
- Gareth Morgan got three more walks, and now has six walks in his first three games for a .538 OBP! So what if he’s hitting .143. Limited data. Alex Jackson was 1-for-5.
- Two pitchers to watch: Osmel Morales (5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K) and ex-infielder Ramon Morla (1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K).