Rainiers' bullpen implodes after Pries’ no-no bid

Contributing writerMay 12, 2014 

LAS VEGAS — Tacoma Rainiers starting pitcher Jordan Pries ran into some strange circumstances Sunday afternoon.

Pries threw 5 innings of no-hit ball against the Las Vegas 51s. But after allowing a walk to Rylan Sandoval in the sixth, he was pulled by manager Roy Howell. The bullpen allowed Sandoval — and the next seven batters — to score as Pries and the Rainiers took an 8-3 loss at Cashman Field.

That loss came after the completion of a suspended game that Tacoma won, 6-5.

With one out in the sixth inning of the regularly scheduled game, Pries issued his fourth walk. Pries, who threw 102 pitches, was on a pitch count.

Relievers Nick Hill and Mike MacDougal struggled to get an out in the second game of the four-game set. Hill allowed three runs and MacDougal four in an eight-run sixth.

“Pries has done a nice job,” Tacoma manager Roy Howell said. “He’s been out there four or five times, and three times he’s taking a no-hitter into the fifth inning. We weren’t going to allow him (to go) more than (102 pitches) — no-hitter or not.”

Tacoma right fielder Endy Chavez botched two fly balls, one in the wind and one in the sun. Chavez was injured when the first fly ball landed on his face, but he stayed in the game.

Nick Franklin and Chris Taylor stayed hot for Tacoma (18-16), getting two hits apiece and each scoring a run.

Reliever Ryan Reid (1-0) went 12/3 innings to earn the win for Las Vegas (26-11).

In the first game, Jesus Montero hit a two-out double to right-center field off Vic Black, scoring Franklin for the tiebreaking run in the top of the ninth.

Franklin went 4-for-4 with four RBIs, including a three-run homer, a walk and three runs scored.

“I’m enjoying my time here,” Franklin said. “As long as we’re winning, I’m having fun. My hitting coach, Cory Snyder, we went over a couple of things since the last series, and I’ve just been hitting the ball. I was over-rotating, and we fixed that.”

Taylor was 3-for-5 with two runs scored, and Logan Bawcom pitched a scoreless ninth for his fifth save.

The game had been stopped in the top of the eighth Saturday night with two outs and the score 5-5 as a dust storm overtook Cashman Field.

ON TAP

Tacoma will send right-hander Erasmo Ramirez (1-1, 1.59 ERA) to the mound at 7:05 p.m. Monday. Las Vegas will counter with righty Jacob deGrom (4-0, 2.58). The game can be heard on 850-AM.

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