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.
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“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