Tacoma catcher Humberto Quintero had an adventure on Sunday evening in Fresno, and it had a happy ending in the Rainiers 7-3 win over Fresno.
Tacoma starter Andrew Carraway carried a shutout into the seventh inning, before being removed from the game after allowing a leadoff double to Fresno’s Jarrett Parker.
Erasmo Ramirez was summoned from the bullpen to protect a 2-0 lead, but he was wild. He gave up an RBI double to Tyler Colvin, and a single to Nick Noonan. After a wild pitch, a passed ball, and another wild pitch, the Grizzlies had a 3-2 lead.
“I tried to block a pitch in the dirt, and it hit me and bounced too far away and they scored the (go-ahead) run,” said Quintero.
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Quintero spent most of the bottom of the seventh chasing baseballs, but he had a solution to the Rainiers new problem: the longball.
Quintero led off the top of the eighth inning with a game-tying home run to center field off Fresno reliever Andrew Carignan. The homer — his third of the year — kick-started a four-run rally.
“I tried to hit the ball up the middle,” said Quintero. “It was 2-0, the threw it right there, and I hit it good.”
Xavier Avery followed Quintero’s blast with a double to left-center, and Corey Hart singled him to third. Ketel Marte made it four straight hits by singling to right field, scoring Avery to give Tacoma a 4-3 lead.
Tacoma added two more runs later in the inning, when Ty Kelly drew a bases-loaded walk and Ji-Man Choi hit a sacrifice fly.
Ramirez settled down after his wild seventh inning, pitching a perfect eighth. Carson Smith retired the side in the ninth to end the game.
The Rainiers took the early 2-0 lead on a pair of solo home runs against Fresno starter Jake Dunning. Stefen Romero lined one to left field in the first — his 12th for Tacoma this year, with six of them coming against Fresno. Choi parked one to center field in the fifth.
Monday’s anticipated major league call-ups could leave the Rainiers short as many as 10 players, so the Seattle Mariners will transfer infielder Yordi Calderon and catcher/outfielder Wayne Taylor from short-season Pulaski. … after hitting just one home run in his first 55 games, Choi has hit four over his past 13 contests.
The 2014 Rainiers season concludes with a 1:05 game at Fresno. Tacoma is scheduled to start James Gillheeney (3-11, 5.75 ERA) against Fresno’s Chris Heston (11-9, 3.35 ERA).
Mike Curto is the radio broadcaster for the Tacoma Rainiers.