The Seattle Mariners have operated a pipeline of players from the University of Virginia, but they missed one.
Danny Hultzen, John Hicks, and Andrew Carraway are former Virginia Cavaliers who have suited up for the Tacoma Rainiers in recent seasons, but their former college teammate Jarrett Parker led Sacramento to a 6-2 win over the Rainiers on Sunday.
Parker — a 2010 San Francisco Giants draft pick — went 4 for 4 with two home runs, four RBIs, and three runs scored.
His first homer was a three-run line drive to right field in the third inning against Tacoma starter Sam Gaviglio, giving the River Cats a 5-0 lead.
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In his next at-bat in the fifth, Parker circled the bases for an inside-the-park home run. His deep drive to right-center field hit the top of the wall just above the glove of leaping Rainiers center fielder Julio Morban. By the time Rainiers left fielder Shawn O’Malley picked up the ball, Parker was rounding third base.
“We pitched Parker pretty good yesterday, but he came back today and had a good day,” Rainiers manager Pat Listach said.
Tacoma hitters had trouble against Sacramento starter Ty Blach, a left-hander who threw a lot of change-ups and curveballs. Stefen Romero pulled a solo home run down the left-field line in the fourth inning, but that was the only run Blach allowed in six innings.
“Blach kept us off-balance and his change-up was very effective, so give him credit,” Listach said. “As right-hand dominant as we are, I expected some better at-bats.”
Patrick Kivlehan added an opposite-field solo homer in the seventh, driving a Cody Hall pitch off the right-field pole. It was his team-leading fifth home run of the season.
Gaviglio (1-2) lasted six innings, allowing five runs (four earned).
Tacoma added reliever Andrew Kittredge from extended spring training and he pitched two scoreless innings. A native of Spokane, Kittredge pitched for the University of Washington. … When Logan Bawcom earned his first save of the season Saturday, he moved up to fourth on the Tacoma all-time career saves list with 28. Jim Corsi (Tacoma Tigers 1988-1990, 1992) is the all-time leader with 36.
Tacoma will start Mike Kickham (0-2, 8.25 ERA) against Sacramento’s Jake Dunning (1-1, 6.75) at 7:05 p.m. Monday.
Mike Curto is the radio broadcaster for the Tacoma Rainiers.