Forrest Snow started Wednesday night’s game only hours after the Pacific Coast League announced its roster for the Triple-A All-Star game.
He made the cut and joked that it was the first All-Star game he’s made since Little League.
And if anyone around the league had reservations about Snow’s selection, he silenced them with a strong performance in the Rainiers’ 4-2 victory over the Las Vegas 51s at Cheney Stadium.
Snow, the University of Washington and Lakeside School product, spent most of the evening cutting down Las Vegas’ batters in seven innings of one-run baseball. He allowed four hits and walked three batters while striking out six on 92 pitches.
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Snow said he and his catcher executed their game plan to a tee.
“(Steve) Baron and I were on the same page pretty much all day,” Snow said. “I shook him a few times, but we got in a rhythm. It seemed like Vegas wasn’t making many adjustments. We came in with a plan and didn’t waver much from that plan.”
That plan included hitting right-handed batters with cutters while attacking lefties with change-ups, which Tacoma teammates have nicknamed “The Snowflake.”
In the fourth, Snow allowed a leadoff home run to Matt Reynolds. A double and groundout put a runner in scoring position, but he worked his way out of danger.
Snow has gone 6-0 with a 1.56 ERA in his last seven appearances.
Tacoma manager Pat Listach said Snow had an outstanding game. “It’s unbelievable,” Listach said. “He seems to be in a zone. He keeps hitters guessing and executes his pitches.”
Chris Taylor was subbed out in the fourth for Carlos Rivero. Listach said Taylor had been called up to the Seattle Mariners.
In addition to Snow, Ketel Marteand Jesus Monterowere also selected to represent Tacoma in the 2015 Triple-A All-Star Game in Omaha, Nebraska
Right-hander Jordan Pries (3-1, 4.64 ERA) will start for Tacoma in game three of the four-game series against Las Vegas. The 51s will send out lefty Darin Gorski (4-6, 5.66 ERA). First pitch is 7:05 p.m. Thursday.