RedHawks 6, Rainiers 1
Jarred Cosart pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings, and Marc Krauss and Brett Wallace homered to lead the RedHawks to a 6-1 win over Tacoma on Tuesday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Krauss slammed his seventh homer, a solo shot in the fourth. Krauss is hitting .373 with 21 RBIs at home.
Jake Elmore collected three hits, needing only a home run to hit for the cycle. Elmore tripled in a run and scored in the RedHawks' three-run third. Elmore doubled in the fifth and singled and scored on Wallace's fifth homer since joining the RedHawks.
Tacoma owns the best record (21-12) in the Pacific Coast League. The Rainiers avoided a shutout when Carlos Peguero homered to lead off the ninth.
COSART STRIKES OUT 10
One of the Houston Astros' top pitching prospects, Cosart struck out 10 to improve to 4-0, lowering his ERA to 2.18.
Bolstered by a 97 mph fastball, Cosart has recorded 39 strikeouts in 33 innings.
Cosart was selected in the 38th round by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008 out of League City, Texas. The Astros acquired Cosart and Jonathan Singleton, their top hitting prospect, in a trade for Hunter Pence two years ago.
PROSPECT WATCH (MARINERS)
Seattle's minor league system is stacked with prospects projected to make an impact the next two years. Tacoma's Triple-A roster features four of the Mariners top 10 prospects.
Catcher Mike Zunino, Seattle's No. 1 prospect drafted a year ago out of the University of Florida, is hitting .220 but is second in the PCL in RBIs (29). Shortstop Nick Franklin is hitting .329.
James Paxton, who will start Wednesday's matinee, is 2-2 with a 5.19 ERA. Stefen Romero, Seattle's Minor League Player of the Year last season, is hitting .271 with nine RBIs in only 15 games.
The RedHawks will play one of their traditional field trip afternoon games on Wednesday. In an 11:05 a.m. start, Oklahoma City will start Brad Peacock, once a highly touted prospect who struggled last year with Oakland's Triple-A team. Acquired by the Astros in a February trade, Peacock was sent to Oklahoma City after a 1-3, 9.41 ERA start with the Astros.
BY MIKE BALDWIN