TUCSON, Ariz. — Tucson Padres outfielder Mike Wilson spent 11 years in the Seattle Mariners organization.
During that time he was drafted, promoted, released, re-signed, called up to the majors, and released again by the organization.
He spent the majority of the last four years patrolling the outfield at Cheney Stadium, proudly wearing a Tacoma Rainiers uniform.
On Friday night in Tucson, Wilson faced his former team and did damage.
A lot of damage.
Wilson went 4-for-5 with five runs batted in, leading the Padres to a 13-6 win over the Rainiers.
Wilson hit a two-run double off Tacoma starter Andrew Carraway in the first inning. He reached on an infield single in the third and scored a run. He added an RBI single in the fourth, and roped a two-run double in the fifth.
Tucson built a 13-1 lead after six innings, and only a five-run ninth inning Rainiers rally made the final score somewhat respectable.
It was the third straight win for Tucson over Tacoma. The Rainiers are fortunate to still trail first-place Salt Lake by four games, as the Bees lost their sixth in a row Friday night.
Carraway (6-7) continued his second-half struggles. He was charged with 11 runs (nine earned) in 4 1/3 innings, while suffering his sixth consecutive loss.
Nate Tenbrink and Abraham Almonte continued to be bright spots for the Tacoma offense.
Tenbrink went 3-for-3 with a walk, including a pair of doubles. Despite batting well over .300 since the all-star break, Tenbrink entered play hitless in his previous three games.
Almonte continued his surge towards a September call-up. The leadoff man reached base three times with two hits and a walk. His second hit was a long three-run double in the top of the ninth inning.
Almonte has hit safely in eight straight games, boosting his season batting average to .311. He now has enough plate appearances to qualify among the Pacific Coast League batting leaders – and he entered play ranked eighth in the circuit.
Tacoma manager John Stearns – a proud University of Colorado alum – crashed the University of Arizona alumni softball game that was played on the field before the Rainiers game. He singled to left. … Seven-time Olympic gold medal winning swimmer Amanda Beard was the biggest name in the alumni game.
Game four of the five-game series is Saturday night at 7:05. Tacoma starts Hector Noesi (3-2, 6.00) against Tucson’s Burch Smith (5-1, 3.86).