Obviously, we will talk to Mike Carp tomorrow when he arrives in Chicago, most likely via a red eye flight. But Mike Curto, who is writing for the News Tribune on the current Rainiers' road trip, talked to him post game.
Here's is Curto's game story ... I would post the link, but it hasn't been posted to the TNT website. I would comment further about that, but well, you know ...
TUCSON, Ariz. – It turned out that the only team that could stop Mike Carp’s hitting streak was his own employers: the Seattle Mariners.
Carp’s 22-game hitting streak ended with an 0-for-1 on Tuesday night in Tucson, when manager Daren Brown sent Ryan Langerhans up to pinch-hit for Carp in the fourth inning.
The reason? Carp is being called up to Seattle. The Mariners are optioning Mike Wilson back to Tacoma.
“I’m sure he’ll accept the circumstances,” said Brown, who saw his Rainiers lose to Tucson in the series finale, 9-1.
Carp flied out to left field in the first inning, and he got the news in the dugout during the middle of the fourth. His Tacoma hitting streak became an afterthought, even though he was just four games from tying the franchise record.
“That was fun,” said Carp. “I’m going to the big leagues, so the hitting streak doesn’t matter anymore.”
Rumors swirled around Carp’s possible promotion for the past week, but the 24-year-old left fielder was able to keep his focus.
“You can’t control what goes on up there, you just control what you do down here,” said Carp. “I just tried to take a good approach every day, and it paid off.”
Carp had actually been red-hot for a 40-game stretch, during which he batted .412 with 68 hits and 17 home runs. He is leading the Pacific Coast League in home runs with 19, and he ranks second in the league with 58 RBI.
“Hopefully he’ll go up and continue to swing like he’s been doing here,” said Brown. “It hasn’t been just singles – he’s been doing some damage.”
Tacoma scored a total of 64 runs on 69 hits in the four games leading up to Tuesday, but everything changed after Dustin Ackley led off the game.
Ackley ripped the fourth pitch from Tucson starter Wade LeBlanc over the right-field fence for a line drive homer, giving Tacoma an instant 1-0 lead. It was Ackley’s ninth home run of the season, and his third to lead off a game.
But LeBlanc (5-1) was in command after that. The soft-tossing left-hander lasted seven innings and gave up just four hits and one run.
“He used his off-speed pitches on both side of the plate, and we never strung anything together against him,” said Brown.
Nate Robertson (0-2) starter for Tacoma and took the loss. He gave up seven runs on 13 hits over five innings of work.