Mariners top pitching prospect Michael Pineda had yet another strong outing for the Tacoma Rainiers.
Well, he took a perfect game into the seventh inning before losing the perfecto, the no-hitter and the shuout in the Rainiers eventual 10-4 win over the Bees.
Still Pineda pitched 7 innings, allowing two runs on three hits and striking out 10. In three starts with the Rainiers, he's 2-0 with a 2.37 ERA and struck out 26 hitters in 19 innings pitched while walking 5.
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From venerable Rainiers radio announcer and frequent News Tribune contributor Mike Curto's game story ...
The 21-year-old Pineda had pinpoint command of his fastball, which reached 99 mph on the stadium radar gun.
Add in the fact that Salt Lake hitters couldn’t lay off his vicious slider, and it was domination time.Curto also writes a blog for the Rainiers website titled: Mike ... off Mic, and he had this post.
For the first six innings, Pineda put on a clinic which is rarely seen in the PCL. This was total domination. He looked like Ryan Anderson on his good days in 2000. He looked like Felix in 2005. He looked like Lincecum when he made his two consecutive starts against Tacoma in April of 2007. He did it while pitching in a hitter’s paradise, 4000 feet above sea level.
Pineda looked like a future #1 starter in the majors tonight.And if you have Twitter, which I highly recommend you should follow Curto at @CurtoWorld for Rainiers insights and updates and an occasional poker tweet.