COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - Chris Seddon could get used to this.
Just 11 days after the 10-year veteran pitched his first career complete-game shutout, he did it again – this time in the high-elevation hitter’s paradise of Colorado Springs.
Seddon allowed just four hits and walked two in the Rainiers’ 7-0 win on Tuesday night.
The 26-year-old left-hander induced 15 ground-ball outs, and he struck out six while becoming the first visiting pitcher to throw a nine-inning shutout at the Sky Sox since Mark Guerra of New Orleans did it in 2002.
“It’s crazy,” Seddon said. “I was just getting inside on guys. The fastball was really down in the zone today.”
Security Service Field is a notorious hitter’s haven. Seddon benefitted from a strong wind blowing in from right field, but the park still sits 6,500 feet above sea level.
“Every ball that got hit in the air into the outfield I thought was a homer,” Seddon said.
Not many were hit in the air – just six, to be exact.
Seddon coasted through the first seven innings, allowing two hits. But he ran into trouble in the eighth, allowing a leadoff single to Michael McKenry and a double to Travis Metcalf on the next pitch.
Dexter Fowler was the next hitter.
“I was just trying to pound the ball in and get a grounder to shortstop, but then I got two strikes on him, and I thought, ‘A strikeout would be good here,’ ” Seddon said.
Seddon struck out Fowler swinging with a slider, and then he got two strikes on Kazuo Matsui and again went to the slider – this time freezing Matsui for strike three.
Matt Miller was next, and he struck out swinging on a fastball to end the threat.
Seddon (7-3) was at 109 pitches after eight innings, but Tacoma manager Daren Brown left him in to pitch the ninth.
“I thought if I was in that situation, I would want a chance to go out there and finish it,” said Brown, a former pitcher.
Tacoma scored six runs in the second inning, knocking out Colorado Springs starter Esmil Rogers (0-2) and giving Seddon a comfortable lead.
Mike Wilson hit his seventh home run for Tacoma.
Rehabilitating catcher Adam Moore was diagnosed with a mild strain of his hamstring and is listed as day-to-day. This injury is in addition to the heel problem that originally landed him on the disabled list on May 15. … Tacoma added infielder Jeff Dominguez and reliever Mumba Rivera from Double-A West Tennessee. Dominguez is in his second go-around with Tacoma this year; he went 5-for-9 at the plate in two games at Las Vegas on May 30-31. Rivera replaces pitcher Brian Sweeney, who was called up by Seattle. Rivera was 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA in 19 games for West Tenn. … Sweeney, coincidentally, had been the most recent Tacoma pitcher to throw a shutout at Colorado Springs – a seven-inning game as part of a doubleheader on June 20, 2002.
The teams play a doubleheader today beginning at 11:35 a.m. (PDT). Tacoma starts right-hander David Pau-ley (1-4, 3.80 ERA) in the opener against Sky Sox left-hander Greg Smith (0-0, 3.55). The nightcap pits Tacoma righty Yusmeiro Petit (1-1, 7.88) against Colorado Springs