WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Tacoma Rainiers infielder Ty Kelly is familiar with his surroundings in Sacramento. He went to college 15 minutes down the road, at UC Davis. He grew up an hour’s drive away, in Tracy.
Kelly blasted two home runs and drove in four runs on Tuesday night, leading Tacoma to a 9-2 victory over the Sacramento River Cats.
The switch-hitter was batting left-handed when he opened the scoring by pulling a long, solo homer to right field off Sacramento starting pitcher Deryk Hooker in the top of the second inning.
Kelly completed the scoring in the top of the ninth, this time drilling a Fernando Nieve pitch over the left-field fence for an opposite-field, three-run shot to give Tacoma a 9-2 lead.
In between Kelly’s homers, the Rainiers rode the right arm of starting pitcher Andrew Carraway, who delivered six shutout innings in his finest start of the season. He allowed six hits and one walk while striking out five.
Carraway (2-1) left the game with a 4-0 lead, but Sacramento scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the seventh — both on Tyler Ladendorf’s double off Clay Rapada.
Xavier Avery gave Tacoma some breathing room, connecting on a two-out, two-run single to drive in Kelly and Gabriel Noriega to make it 6-2 in the top of the eighth.
Tacoma (12-11) won for just the second time on its current eight-game trip, with two games remaining.
Normally a reliever, Hooker (0-3) was a fill-in starter for Sacramento. The parent-club Oakland Athletics decided to push back scheduled starter Josh Lindblom in order to align him for an upcoming major league doubleheader. He’ll start Thursday’s game against Tacoma.
The team made several roster moves on Monday night and Tuesday afternoon: Relief pitcher Ramon Ramirez was released, and starting pitcher Erasmo Ramirez was added to the active roster. Erasmo Ramirez is tentatively scheduled to start at home on Friday night against Las Vegas. … Catcher Humberto Quintero (left hamstring) was activated from the disabled list, and catcher Manny Pina was transferred to Double-A Jackson. … Reliever Carson Smith – already on the disabled list – was diagnosed with tendonitis in the middle finger of his pitching hand. There is no current timetable for his return.
Jordan Pries (0-1, 4.22 ERA) takes the mound for Tacoma in the third game of the series at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday. Sacramento counters with Arnold Leon (1-1, 3.75).Mike Curto is the radio broadcaster for the Tacoma Rainiers.