It wasn’t as grand as a walk-off grand slam, but Carlos Peguero’s grounder off the end of the bat to short manufactured the same result.
Peguero recorded his second game-winning at-bat in three games when he outran a double-play attempt with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the 11th inning, scoring Abraham Almonte and lifting the Tacoma Rainiers to a 1-0 victory over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox on Monday night at Cheney Stadium.
Peguero hit a walk-off grand slam in a 5-3 win against Colorado Springs on Saturday.
On Monday, Peguero outran the throw, but not teammate Joe Dunigan.
Dunigan ran out of the dugout, along with the rest of the Rainiers, and caught Peguero trying to run around them in foul territory on the first-base sideline before Dunigan wrapped him up long enough for the rest of the team to take the 6-foot-5, 260-pound outfielder to the ground during the celebration.
It was the highlight of an otherwise rough night for the Rainiers, who collected just five hits in 11 innings.
Most of the highlights came from Tacoma starting pitcher Hector Noesi.
Noesi didn’t record a decision, but pitched well despite some shaky command in the first three innings. He tied his longest outing of the season with six innings, pitching a no-hitter through 42/3 innings, and tied a season-high seven strikeouts.
Noesi came out strong in the fifth inning, striking out the first two batters, but his no-hit bid ended when the next batter, Lars Davis, doubled to left.
That was the only hit Noesi allowed in six innings as his earned-run average dropped to 6.00. He didn’t start the seventh because he had thrown 96 pitches.
The Rainiers had three hits through the first eight innings — two from Almonte — and didn’t advance a runner into scoring position until the bottom of the ninth.
Almonte led off the ninth with a bunt single and moved to second on Nate Tenbrink’s sacrifice bunt.
The Sky Sox brought in former Rainiers pitcher Steven Hensley, who intentionally walked Peguero before striking out Carlos Triunfel to send the game to extra innings.
First baseman Ji-Man Choi was promoted from Double-A Jackson on Monday. The move came after Rich Poythress (left knee) and Scott Savastano (torso strain) both hit the disabled list. … Stefen Romero is day-to-day with a knee injury. … Rainiers manager John Stearns was back with the club following his three-game suspension for his ejection Thursday.
The Rainiers wrap up the five-game series against Colorado Springs at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday. The Rainiers send Taijuan Walker (3-3, 4.27 ERA) up against Nick Schmidt (4-3, 4.54).TJ Cotterill: 253-597-8677 firstname.lastname@example.org @Cotterill44