More Late Heroics For Tacoma

Tacoma came back from the dead yet again on Tuesday night, earning a big walk-off win against Las Vegas. Elsewhere, the offenses were quiet in West Tenn and High Desert, but Wisconsin had a big night at the plate, highlighted by a grand slam. Read on for the all the details, plus Mariner news and notes.


Oswaldo Navarro's walk-off walk with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning broke a 6-6 tie and gave Tacoma another come-from-behind victory on Tuesday. The Rainiers were trailing 6-3 to Las Vegas entering the inning, but got three consecutive singles from Luis Oliveros, Luis Valbuena, and Prentice Redman to lead off the inning, followed by a Matt Tuiasosopo walk to make it 6-4. The game was tied when Las Vegas second baseman Blake DeWitt couldn't handle Victor Diaz' ground ball. Two runs scored on the play to pull Tacoma within 6-5. After an intentional walk to load the bases again, it appeared the 51st might get out of the inning when Jon Nelson popped up for the second out. But new pitcher Greg Miller issued the game-ending walk.

In roster news, the Rainiers added shortstop Kevin Howard to the roster and he made his debut on Monday night, ironically, against the team he was previously playing for. Howard was released by the Dodgers on August 9th after having played 60 games with Las Vegas this season. He hit .257/.357/.364 with three home runs and more walks (29) than strikeouts (23). The 27-year-old University of Miami alum takes the place of Tug Hulett, who has been promoted to the Mariners.

West Tenn lost a 3-0 decision to Carolina on Monday night. Joseph Woerman's strong pitching outing was wasted by the Jaxx for the second straight time. Woerman struck out seven Mudcats in seven innings, allowing three runs on six hits. But the Jaxx bats were quiet, getting only two hits off of Carolina starter William Glen and thee overall.

Lake Elsinore bashed four home runs on Monday night in a 9-2 blowout of High Desert. The Mavs are not swinging the bats well all of a sudden. Joe Simokaitis' fifth homer provided most of the offense. Jacob Wild took the loss, allowing five runs on nine hits in five innings. He walked three and struck out two.

Wisconsin seems to have swapped offenses with High Desert as they crushed Kane County 9-2 on Monday. Maximo Mendez hit a grand slam to highlight a six-run second inning. Mendez also singled in another run. Edilio Colina continued a hot streak with a 3-for-5 night. He's 8-for-12 over the last three games and leads the team with a .298 average. Edward Paredes went five innings to get the win. He allowed two runs on five hits and struck out five. Ryan Moorer threw three innings of relief, giving up just one hit. Moorer has improved steadily month-to-month. He had a 3.31 ERA in July and has lowered that to 2.08 in August.

Jharmidy De Jesus drove in Nate Tenbrink with a squeeze bunt in the ninth inning to give Everett a 4-3 win over Yakima on Monday night. It was a big night for both De Jesus and Tenbrink. Tenbrink was 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored. It was a much-needed breakout night for Tenbrink, who had seen his average dip below .200. De Jesus hit his first homer of the year in the third inning. He ended an 0-for-19 slump on Monday, and with two hits on Tuesday now has his average up to .200.

Pulaski lost to Bluefield 2-0 on Monday. The M's had eight hits but couldn't string together any sort of rally. They hit into two double plays and were also caught stealing once. Brooks Mohr allowed both runs in 4 2/3 innings. He only gave up three hits but walked five. Stephen Gaphardt threw the next 2 1/3 innings, surrendering just one hit. Gaphardt has a 1.04 ERA in 17 1/3 innings with Pulaski.

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The problem at second base has been cleared up; at least manager Jim Riggleman hopes so.

Riggleman pinch-hit for Jose Lopez after just one at-bat Sunday following Lopez's failure to make the play on an easily catchable ball on a throw from Jeff Clement during a steal attempt.

Lopez was back in the lineup Tuesday in Anaheim after having had a lengthy chat with Riggleman.

"I was a little disappointed with our play Saturday night, and I let the club know about that Saturday night after the game," Riggleman said. "I felt like we came out Sunday with a little bit of lack of focus defensively.

"I just said, 'You know what? This is for everybody. Everybody's got to get the message.' I made that change, and hopefully it won't happen again."

The manager said it's understandable that maintaining focus over 162 games is no easy task, but it's something that has to be done.

ANGELS 7, MARINERS 3: An error by Yuniesky Betancourt in the fifth inning led to three unearned runs that did in Jarrod Washburn and the Mariners.

Washburn, who has been plagued by shaky defense played behind him at times this season, could have gotten out of the fifth with just one run allowed on a Juan Rivera homer.

But given the extra out, the Angels struck for three unearned runs, two on a Vladimir Guerrero homer, as the Angels wiped out an early 3-0 Seattle lead.

The loss to the first-place Angels left the Mariners 30 1/2 games out of first place, the first time they've been 30 games out this season.


--LHP Erik Bedard, who threw back-to-back days over the weekend, threw again on the side before Tuesday's game as he tries to rebuild strength in his shoulder. He hasn't pitched since July 4 and isn't expected to pitch again until next month.

--RF Ichiro Suzuki has hit in 17 consecutive games after a single as part of a three-run fourth inning Tuesday. It's his longest streak of the season.

--RHP Sean Green led the league for most of the year in games pitched, but he got a week off this month after he began to feel signs of a dead arm. He's feeling better now and he's pitched in 56 games, which ranks second in the AL this season.

--LHP Jarrod Washburn apparently will be staying with the Mariners. There had been suggestions out of Chicago that the injury-hampered White Sox might have been interested in trading for Washburn, but the Sox are now saying they'll fill from within the organization. Washburn's contract might have been a disincentive; he's due to make $10.35 million next season.

--2B Jose Lopez was back in the lineup Tuesday after having been removed from Sunday's game for a pinch hitter after making an error. Manager Jim Riggleman wouldn't say Sunday the move was a reaction to the error, but before Tuesday's game he said he was in fact trying to send a message to the entire club.

BY THE NUMBERS: 17 -- Consecutive days with games played for the Mariners through Sunday. Seattle gets Monday off before starting a two-game series against the Angels in Anaheim.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I would like to get to 100 wins before I get to 100 losses. I know I'm getting closer to the wins being the same as losses, and when I got here, it wasn't anywhere close." -- LHP Jarrod Washburn, who comes into the week 98-97 after three consecutive losing seasons with the Mariners.


INF/OF Willie Bloomquist (strained right hamstring) went on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 10.

LHP Erik Bedard (sore left shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 5. He was unable to throw July 21, but an MRI the next day showed the same impingement he has had. He started throwing again in early August, but he might not be back with the Mariners before September.

RF Mike Morse (dislocated left shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list April 14. He had surgery April 22 and probably won't play again this season.

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