Ryan Rowland-Smith settles down after early scare, helps RedHawks win again

BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer, raber@opubco.com Modified: May 11, 2011 at 11:20 pm •  Published: May 11, 2011
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REDHAWKS 3, TACOMA 1

In the first inning, Ryan Rowland-Smith, looked to be falling back into his struggles of earlier this season.

He escaped the inning with just allowing a run after loading the bases with no out, and he then pitched through the sixth without allowing another as the RedHawks won their third consecutive game. A crowd of 2,938 watched at RedHawks Field at Bricktown.

“Once I got through that, I was all right,” Rowland-Smith said. “Last time out (a win at Omaha), my two-seamer was getting me ground balls. Tonight, that was inconsistent, but the slider was good and my changeup was working.”

Before the game, Rowland-Smith had a quick talk with new catcher Max Ramirez.

“I just went up to him in the training room and introduced myself and said, ‘Here's what I throw,'” Rowland-Smith said. “I'm pretty conventional.

“As the game went on, he was putting down exactly what I wanted to throw.”

Rowland-Smith was facing many former teammates, having spent his career until this year with the Mariners organization.

“I had to calm down a bit at first,” Rowland-Smith said. “I had to remember, especially when there was a runner on second, to change things up since they know all my signs.”

HANSHIN SCOUT TAKES IN GAME

Jeff Williams, an Australian left-handed pitcher who played for the Dodgers for parts of four seasons, was in attendance for the second consecutive night.

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