At 8:29, Tacoma nursed a 2-0 lead when a rain delay sidelined the game for two hours and 32 minutes.
When rain subsided and the game resumed, the only thing audible was the stadium P.A, the sounds on the field and the cheers from the few who braved the wait.
The two teams, particularly Tacoma pitchers Kraig Sitton and Blake Parker, made quick work of the game’ remainder, as the Rainiers held on to nab the 2-0 win. Sitton struck out three, conceded just one hit and walked two in 2.2 innings pitched, and Parker struck out three with no hits or walks, to close out the game in 1.1 innings pitched.
The game was delayed after five innings, which by league rules can count as a complete game in the event that it cannot continue. But the tarp came out, and the game was put on hold.
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“I just wanted to make sure the field was safe,” Listach said. “I’m in no hurry to finish the game. … We had the five innings in, I wasn’t trying to stop it there.
“We can’t control the weather, but we can control the tarp. We controlled the tarp, and it was pulled too soon. We could have played a few more innings.”
In effort to rebound from Thursday’s 7-1 loss to Reno, Listach looked to use his familiarity with Reno’s starting pitcher Edgar Garcia, whom he coached in Dominican Winter League, to his advantage.
“I know what he’s got, know what he’s capable of doing,” Listach said before the game. “Hopefully we can gain an edge from some of the things I know him already, take advantage of him in the game.”
Two home runs against Garcia, one in the second and the other in the fifth inning, propelled Tacoma to a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning Friday.
Tacoma’s defense kept the first two innings scoreless, finishing out the first two innings with double plays. First baseman Efren Navarro sent a one-run homer, his fourth bomb of the season, over the right field wall in the bottom of the second inning.
Cody Martin (5-3), starting his first game since his stint with the Mariners ended pitched four scoreless innings, where he struck out four, allowed four hits and no walks. Martin was replaced by left-hander Paul Fry (1-1) in the fifth, who continued the shutout in his 18th appearance of the season, earning his first win of the season in just one inning pitched.
The game was delayed in the fifth inning due to rain at 8:29 p.m., and play resumed at 11 p.m.
Catcher Rob Brantly started his second game in a row in place of Mike Zunino, who missed his second consecutive game Friday. Listach said that depending on how Zunino feels, he expects to see the catcher back in the lineup Saturday.
Luis Sardinas was optioned down to Tacoma Friday to clear roster space for Leonys Martin, who returned from the disabled list, but did not join the team Friday. Listach said that Sardinas will play Saturday, pending a call from Mariners Manager Scott Servais.
“I’m not putting (Sardinas) on the lineup card yet,” Listach said. “I know (Servais) will call me and say what he wants him to do, where he wants him to play, what he needs to work on. ... I’ll wait for him to make that decision.”
Sardinas appeared in eight games with the Rainiers from May 15 to May 25 and averaged .406 over 32 at-bats. He has hit at a .190 clip for the Mariners this season.
Tacoma right-hander Brad Mills (2-1, 3.18) will face Reno righty Kyle Drabek (3-4, 5.93) Saturday. First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m.