Even after allowing no hits in five innings, Tacoma right-hander Andrew Carraway found flaws in his first home start at Cheney Stadium since early June.
Too many walks.
“The way I pitch,” Carraway said, “that’s unacceptable. The walks are definitely a big blemish on that one.”
Carraway wasn’t perfect in Tuesday afternoon’s 8-4 loss to the Tucson Padres, but he did not allow a hit or a run and struck out two – but walked five – and left the game with a four-run lead.
When Carraway exited, so did the Rainiers’ lead.
The Padres scored six runs in the top of the sixth inning to take control.
All six runs came off Tacoma reliever Josh Kinney, who allowed three hits, walked two and threw
a wild pitch.
Tacoma (57-57) held a 4-3 lead when Kinney was removed from the game with the bases loaded and two out. Bobby LaFromboise replaced Kinney and gave up a three-run double to Dean Anna to give the Padres (55-49) a 6-4 lead.
For Carraway, it was his first home start since June 4 when, shortly afterward, he began battling minor back issues. He made three rehab starts for Single-A Everett, most recently on July 14, and said his back “feels really good” after his latest start.
Limited to a pitch count of between 90 and 95, he exited after 80 pitches (41 for strikes), a decision that was non-negotiable with Rainiers manager John Stearns even though a no-hitter was in progress. Carraway took a no-hitter into the seventh inning at Las Vegas on April 26.
“We felt he had enough after being on the DL (disabled list) some,” Stearns said. “We wanted to give him a clean outing right there.”
In Carraway’s last outing – against the Padres in Tucson, Ariz., on July 9 – he surrendered nine earned runs on 11 hits in a 11-5 loss. This time around, against a Padres team hitting .226 against Tacoma in eight prior games, Carraway said he felt more comfortable on the mound, yet still is trying to get back to midseason form.
“I feel like I’m getting closer,” he said.
Michael Morse, in his second rehabilitation start (quadriceps) played right field and hit cleanup. He doubled in his first of two at-bats and left after five innings in a predetermined progression rate for innings played. Morse’s scored on Stefen Romero’s double, followed by Nate Tenbrink’s two-run home run, which accounted for a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second.
Franklin Gutierrez, another Mariner on a rehab assignment (hamstring), went 0-for-3 with a strikeout as the designated hitter.
Catcher Jason Jaramillo was hit in the jaw while running out a single in the fifth and was removed from the game. Stearns said Jaramillo will be re-evaluated Wednesday.
HONORED BY PCL
Sandy Alomar Jr., the bench coach for the Cleveland Indians, was at Cheney Stadium prior to Tuesday’s game as he was honored as the newest member of the Pacific Coast League Hall of Fame.
Alomar, a six-time major league All-Star, spent parts of 13 seasons in the minors, including four seasons in the PCL with Las Vegas, Colorado Springs and New Orleans.
The Rainiers and Padres continue their series at 7:05 p.m. today. Tacoma sends right-hander Brandon Maurer (2-4, 5.63 ERA) to the mound against Tucson right-hander Anthony Bass (2-3, 7.48). The game will be broadcast on 850-AM and at www.tacomarainiers.com.Meg Wochnick: 360-754-5473 email@example.com @megwochnick