Greg Halman tripled in the bottom of the seventh and scored the winning run on a bases loaded walk, giving Tacoma a dramatic 3-2 comeback win Thursday against Salt Lake in the first game of a doubleheader.
Halman drilled the first pitch by reliever Michael Kohn against the right-field wall, scoring David Winfree to tie the score 2-2.
Kohn then intentionally walked the next two batters to load the bases with no outs. After Chris Woodward popped up to shallow left field for the second out, Matt Tuiasosopo drew a walk to force in the winning run.
In the nightcap, Matt Mangini’s two-run double highlighted a six-run rally in the second, lifting Tacoma to a 7-4 win in front of a crowd of 4,588 at Cheney Stadium.
It’s Tacoma’s fourth win in five games against Salt Lake in the six-game homestand that concludes today.
Tacoma’s Ryan Feierabend looked sharp in the opener as he continued his comeback from Tommy John elbow surgery. Feierabend gave up two runs, struck out three and didn’t allow a walk in a complete seven-inning game.
Feierabend gave up one run in the first and second innings to fall behind 2-0. But the Mariners’ third-round draft pick in 2003 then shut out the Bees for the next five innings, scattering three hits the rest of the way and not allowing a runner past first base.
“I’m at the point in my rehab where my arm feels good, my body feels good,” Feierabend said. “Now it’s just going out and producing like I’ve done in the past.”
In the second inning, Hal-man drilled the first pitch over the right field fence for his 13th homer. Salt Lake’s Will Smith, who gave up seven runs in four innings in his last start, then retired the next 13 batters, striking out six before the meltdown in the seventh.
Luke French scattered six hits over six innings to pick up the win in the second game.
French came into the game with a league-low 2.21 ERA, giving up 20 earned runs in 81 innings. He’s allowed more than three runs only once in 12 starts.
Mangini tripled, doubled and singled in the second game.
Joe Nelson relieved French in the seventh in his first appearance with the Rainiers after getting picked up by the Mariners and signed to a minor league contract. The first two batters Nelson faced singled before he struck out a batter. He left the game with the bases loaded, with two outs and the score 7-4.
Scott Patterson relieved Nelson and struck out Mark Trumbo, who leads the league in homers with 17, to end the game and pick up the save.
Nelson was added to the bullpen after he was signed to a minor league contract Tuesday. Nelson threw in 24 games in the Boston organization for Triple-A Pawtucket, compiling a 9.72 ERA in 11 innings with Boston and a 2.49 ERA Rainiers catcher Carlton Tanabe was demoted to Single-A High Desert.
Salt Lake’s left-handed pitcher Daniel Davidson (6-1, 5.38 ERA) will pitch against Tacoma’s left-handed pitcher Chris Seddon (8-3, 3.43 ERA) in today’s 7 p.m. game. The game will be on 850-AM.
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