The Rainiers managed to get to a former Cy Young Award winner, but then a Triple-A rookie stifled them in Sacramento’s 4-2 series-opening victory on Saturday night at Raley Field.
Making a rehabilitation appearance, 2007 National League Cy Young winner and two-time World Series champion Jake Peavy started for Sacramento. On the San Francisco Giants disabled list since April 18 with back tightness, Peavy was set to throw 70 pitches against Tacoma.
Peavy showed outstanding command through the first three innings, but the middle of the Tacoma lineup got to him in the fourth.
Jesus Montero lined a two-out single to center, and Franklin Gutierrez launched a two-run homer over the 403-foot sign in center field to give Tacoma a 2-0 lead. It was the sixth home run of the season for Gutierrez, who extended his hitting streak to 13 games.
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“I’ve seen Peavy with much better stuff in the past,” said Tacoma manager Pat Listach. “The second time through the lineup we really hit him hard, and Guti had the big two-run homer.”
Peavy lasted 4 1/3 innings, giving up two runs on four hits and striking out five. He was relieved by left-hander Jack Snodgrass, who was making his long-awaited Triple-A debut after pitching two-and-a-half seasons for Double-A Richmond.
Snodgrass delivered 3 2/3 scoreless innings and earned the win.
Tacoma starter Stephen Landazuri held Sacramento to one infield single through four innings, enabling him to survive a pair of hit batters and a walk. In the fifth, he loaded the bases on a single and two walks before getting Kevin Frandsen to ground into an around-the-horn double play, ending the inning and preserving the 2-0 lead.
With just 65 pitches thrown so far, Landazuri took the mound in the sixth and allowed a leadoff single to Juan Perez. Walks to Adam Duvall and Jarrett Parker loaded the bases with no outs for Trevor Brown.
Brown worked a full count before blasting a three-run double off the center field fence, giving Sacramento a 3-2 lead. He scored two batters later on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Lollis.
“He threw great for four innings,” Listach said of Landazuri. “I don’t know if he lost his command or lost his release point, but the walks killed him tonight.”
Landazuri (0-3) finished the inning and ended up allowing four runs in six innings, on four hits and five walks.
Reliever Edgar Olmos was activated from the paternity leave list and rejoined the Rainiers on Saturday. ... Back in the bullpen after making his first career start Tuesday, Danny Farquhar delivered two scoreless innings of relief.
Tacoma and Sacramento square off in a day game at 1:05 p.m. Sunday. Tacoma starts Justin Germano (4-2, 2.73) against Sacramento’s Nik Turley (1-1, 6.30).