TUCSON, Ariz. — Andrew Carraway returned to Tacoma’s starting rotation Tuesday night, but it wasn’t the happy reunion the Rainiers sought.
Tacoma’s most consistent starting pitcher prior to an early-June injury, Carraway gave up nine runs over 32/3 innings in an 11-5 loss to the Tucson Padres.
Carraway was in trouble from the get-go. A walk and two singles loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the first inning, but he struck out Gregorio Petit to give himself a chance to escape the jam.
After falling behind in the count to Brandon Allen 3-1, he threw a pitch on the inner half of the strike zone, and Allen deposited into the bullpen behind the right-field fence for a grand slam.
Carraway surrendered two more runs in the second inning to make it 6-0, but in the third he set down the side in order.
The momentum seemed to swing Tacoma’s way, with the Rainiers tallying four runs in the top of the fourth. All four scored on two-out hits from Brandon Bantz, Leury Bonilla and Abraham Almonte.
With the score 6-4, Carraway allowed three more runs, and Tucson regained command.
Carraway missed five weeks with muscle tightness in his back. Prior to the injury, he went 6-2 and ranked among the Pacific Coast League leaders with a 3.41 ERA. That ballooned to 4.32 on Tuesday.
Tacoma manager John Stearns was ejected for the first time this season. He was tossed by home plate umpire Pat Hoberg after arguing a called third strike to Nate Tenbrink.
The Rainiers maintained their four-game lead in the Pacific-North division over Salt Lake and Colorado Springs.
Tucson was led by All-Star shortstop Dean Anna, who was 3-for-5 with a double and a triple. Rehabilitating major league first baseman Yonder Alonso was 4-for-4, all singles.
First baseman Rich Poythress has not played since he was hit by a pitch in the right hand Saturday. He took swings in the batting cage Tuesday and could be close to returning. … All-Star slugger Carlos Peguero was inexplicably left out of the Triple-A All-Star Home Run Derby. Matt Davidson (Reno), Brock Peterson (Memphis) and Matt Davidson (Reno) will represent the PCL.
The three-game series and the road trip conclude with a 7:05 game Wednesday night. Tacoma starts Brian Sweeney (7-3, 4.00) against a Tucson starter to be announced.Mike Curto is the radio announcer for the Tacoma Rainiers.