Tacoma starting pitcher Cody Martin finally allowed a run and, unfortunately, it came in a game in which one run mattered.
Martin extended his string of consecutive shutout innings to 24 before allowing a run in the fifth inning on Wednesday night in Reno. While he did not factor in the decision, Reno eventually won, 3-2.
Martin escaped jams in the first and fourth innings before two hits and a sacrifice fly by Mitch Haniger put Reno on the scoreboard in the fifth. Martin left after five full innings and 90 pitches.
“ His last four starts have been really, really good,” said Tacoma manager Pat Listach. “He had one bad inning today, when he walked three guys, and he got out of it.”
Martin could have earned the win. In the top of the sixth inning, Rainiers catcher Mike Zunino walked and scored from first base when Luis Sardinas doubled over the head of Reno right fielder Gabby Guerrero. That gave Tacoma a 2-1 lead.
But Reno promptly tied it in the bottom of the sixth when all-star Kyle Jensen greeted Rainiers reliever Andrew Kittredge with a home run to right field. It was the 17th homer of the season for Jensen, who leads the PCL with 75 runs batted in.
Reno took the lead in the seventh when Mike Freeman singled with two outs and scored on Haniger’s double to the left field corner.
“It was good pitching on both sides,” Listach said. “We made a few mistakes base running which cost us a run here or there.”
Zunino returned to the lineup and went 1 for 3 with a single and a walk.
First baseman D.J. Peterson went 0 for 3 with a walk. He had hit safely in all six games since he was promoted to Tacoma, and homered in three straight.
Listach will not be with the Rainiers during the four-game series at Sacramento. The Mariners mandate that their minor league coaches and manager take four days off during the season, and Listach is taking his break starting Thursday. … Andy McKay, the Mariners director of player development, will fill in as manager, with Rainiers coaches Scott Brosius and Lance Painter assisting.
The road trip moves on to Sacramento, where a four-game series opens at 7:05 p.m. Thursday. Tacoma will start right-hander Donn Roach (5-4, 4.23 ERA) against Sacramento left-hander Ty Blach (8-5, 4.12).
Mike Curto is the radio broadcaster for the Tacoma Rainiers.