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.
Williams spent most of his career playing for the Hanshin Tigers, helping the team win the Japanese Central League title in 2003.
The 38-year-old is a scout for the Tigers.
Williams was a teammate of Rowland-Smith in the 2004 Olympics for Australia.
Williams also knows RedHawks strength and conditioning coach Gary McCoy, another native of Australia.
BROWN MISSES GAME
Tacoma manager Daren Brown did not manage the Rainiers on Wednesday night and is not expected to be in the dugout Thursday night.
Brown is suffering from a sinus infection that kept him sidelined.
Brown was ejected in the seventh inning of Tuesday's RedHawks win, arguing balls and strikes after Josh Bard was ruled to have swung on a third strike to begin the inning.
Brown, who was born in Holdenville and played at Southeastern Oklahoma State, is back with Tacoma after taking over in Seattle on an interim basis for the final 50 games of last season after Don Wakamatsu was fired.
DELOME TO DL
Outfielder Collin DeLome was placed on the disabled list, retroactive to Tuesday, with a strained left biceps.
DeLome was one of the RedHawks hottest hitters but hadn't started since Friday in Omaha. He did pinch run and have on at-bat in Monday's game.
Pitcher David Carpenter was promoted from Double-A Corpus Christi before the game.
Drew Locke, who left Tuesday's game after hitting a double, did not play Wednesday.
Tacoma (LH Fabian Castro, 1-2, 5.65) at RedHawks (LH Douglas Arguello, 2-1, 2.87), 7:05 Thursday