Seattle Mariners

Tacoma's slumbering offense betrays Pineda

FRESNO, CALIF - Michael Pine-da pitched another excellent game for the Tacoma Rainiers, but there is nothing the phenom can do when the team's offense is shut down.

Pineda allowed just one run in six innings, but for his second straight start the Rainiers lost the game by a final score of 2-1.

Fresno won it in the bottom of the 10th inning, greeting Tacoma reliever Levale Speigner with three straight singles. Emmanuel Burris hit the game-winner, slapping a grounder down the third-base line with runners at the corners.

Pineda left the game after six innings with the score tied, 1-1. He gave up just four hits, but one of them traveled a long way.

Veteran outfielder Joe Borchard lifted a Pineda changeup over the left-field fence for an opposite-field home run with one out in the bottom of the fourth. It was the 11th home run of the year for the 31-year-old former Mariner.

Pineda was lifted after throwing 86 pitches in six innings. He struggled through a 25-pitch first inning, escaping a jam with a runner at third and nobody out.

In the end, Pineda struck out four and walked only one while lowering his ERA to 3.38.

“I thought he pitched another good game,” said Rainiers manager Daren Brown. “You take away one pitch, and he didn’t give up anything.”

Tacoma tied the game in the top of the fifth inning against Fresno starter Matt Yourkin. Greg Halman led off with a line-drive single over shortstop, and he stole second base. Mike Wilson drove home Halman with a one-out single to left field.

Anthony Varvaro relieved Pineda and threw three scoreless innings, but Tacoma could not score against Your-kin or the Fresno bullpen.

Geno Espinelli (5-2) pitched shutout relief in the ninth and 10th innings to earn the win.


Matt Mangini’s hitting streak was extended, but Mike Carp’s came to an end. Carp went 0-for-3, ending his streak at 17 games, while Mangini went 1-for-5 extending his streak to 17 games. ... Mangini’s grounder in the sixth inning was originally ruled an error on Fresno shortstop Burris, but it was changed to a hit after the game. ... The Rainiers have not replaced Luke French on the 24-man roster. French was promoted to Seattle on Wednesday.


The third game of the four-game series is today at 7:05 p.m. Andy Baldwin (7-4, 5.00 ERA) is scheduled to start for Tacoma; Fresno is slated to pitch rehabilitating San Francisco Giants right-hander Todd Wellemeyer (0-0, 0.96).

Mike Curto is the radio broadcaster for the Tacoma Rainiers.