Game-ending single gets past the Rainiers

Contributing writerMay 16, 2014 

Tacoma Rainiers infielder Chris Taylor, one of the Seattle Mariners’ top prospects, is hitting .372 this season but will miss at least a week because of a slight fracture in the pinkie of his left hand.


WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Injuries and losses are starting to mount up for the Tacoma Rainiers.

Before Thursday’s game at Sacramento, the Rainiers learned that infielder Chris Taylor was being placed on the disabled list.

More than four hours later, reliever Clay Rapada injured his ankle trying to field Jose Martinez’s winning hit with two outs in the 11th inning. Martinez’s sharp single up the middle gave the Sacramento River Cats a 5-4 victory.

It was the fourth consecutive loss for Tacoma, which fell to 18-19 on the year. Tacoma is under the .500 mark for the first time since April 13, when the team was 4-5.

With the score 4-4 in the bottom of the 11th, Andy Parrino opened the inning with a double to the right-field corner.

After Shane Peterson sacrificed Parrino to third, Tacoma issued back-to-back intentional walks to load the bases and set up a force out at home.

Rapada struck out Ryan Ortiz for the second out, but then Martinez hit a sharp low-to-the-ground liner up the middle. Rapada tried to adjust his body to field the ball, but landed awkwardly on his right ankle and severely turned it. He was driven off the field on the back of a groundkeeper’s cart.


Taylor was placed on the seven-day disabled list because of a slight fracture in the pinkie of his left hand.

He injured it on a stolen base attempt during the sixth inning Tuesday in Las Vegas, but he played the rest of the game. The Rainiers were off Wednesday.

“It was one of those freak things,” Taylor said. “I slid head-first, and I jammed my finger on the base. My pinkie bent backward. I’ve done it multiple times in my career.”

Taylor had the hand X-rayed on Wednesday in Sacramento, and he will meet with Mariners team doctors Tuesday.

“There’s not much you can do to rehab it or anything,” he said. “I’m probably going to be pretty bored for the next week or so.”

Taylor leads the Pacific Coast League with 54 hits, and his .372 average ranks second in the league to teammate Nick Franklin’s .379. Taylor has reached base via hit or walk in 29 consecutive PCL games.

Infielder Patrick Brady was promoted from Double-A Jackson to take Taylor’s spot on the roster. Brady batted .308 with one home run in 17 games for Jackson.


Game 2 of the series is 7:05 p.m. Friday. Tacoma starts Andrew Carraway (2-1, 3.98 ERA) against Sacramento’s Arnold Leon (2-1, 4.15). The game can be heard on 850-AM.

Mike Curto is the radio broadcaster for the Tacoma Rainiers.

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