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Memphis Redbirds (67-59) vs. Tacoma Rainiers (62-66) At Cheney Stadium, Tacoma, WA. RHP Jose Jimenez (1-0, 1.50) vs. RHP Kevin Hodges (2-3, 3.80) Yesterday's Game: Tacoma Rainiers 2, Colorado Springs Sky Sox 1 RAINIERS SWEEP SKY SOX, PULL CLOSER TO .500: The Rainiers completed a four game series sweep of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox Tuesday with a 2-1 win. Francisco Matos' two-out bases loaded infield single brought home Charles Gipson with the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Ken Cloude was dominant on the mound, pitching 7.1 no-hit innings before Derrick Gibson tripled off the wall in right to end the no-hit bid. The win brought the Rainiers within four games of the .500 mark, the first time they have been this close since April 28 when they were 8-12. RAINIERS FACE THEIR FRIENDS FROM MEMPHIS: The Tacoma Rainiers start a four game series with Memphis tonight. The Rainiers took three of four from the Redbirds at Tim McCarver Stadium July 4-7. After losing the opener, the Rainiers teed off on Cardinals super-prospect Rick Ankiel, scoring six runs off the 19-year old in 4.2 innings. The Rainiers smacked eight home runs in the four game series. Since the teams last faced each other, Memphis has promoted Ankiel and second baseman Adam Kennedy, while the Rainiers have advanced Ozzie Timmons and Ryan Jackson. RAINIERS RUNNING WILD: Since the start of the Pan American Games ravaged the Rainiers roster in mid-July, Tacoma manager Dave Myers has instituted a new running style of offense. It has paid tremendous dividends in the Colorado Springs series, as Tacoma ran amok on the basepaths. Tacoma stole 11 bases in the four games, getting caught only three times. Charles Gipson and Mike Murphy were both 5-6 in base stealing attempts during the series. Monday night the Rainiers matched a season high by swiping six bags, a feat they also accomplished in Tucson on May 8. T-TOWN TIDBITS: Dave Myers has moved into first place as the winningest manager in Tacoma baseball history with a 283-271 career recordˇ Tacoma pitchers combined to strike out 43 batters in the four games of the Colorado Springs seriesˇ Shane Monahan has not committed an error all season (198 chances)ˇCharles Gipson is 6-16 with a triple and five stolen bases during the first four games of his rehabilitation assignment. Gipson suffered a separated shoulder during the Mariners-Dodgers brawl July 10ˇMike Murphy is batting .324 over his last 21 games (22-68)ˇSean Spencer has not allowed a run in his last seven appearances, covering a span of 6.1 innings. He has struck out 11 and surrendered just three hits during that time. Left-handed batters are just 7-36 (.194) with 15 strikeouts against the lefty from Port OrchardˇRafael Carmona has allowed just one run in his last nine games, covering 10 inningsˇ The season sweep by the Rainiers over the Albuquerque Dukes (4/8-4/11, 7/27-7/30) marked the first time in 40 years of Tacoma baseball in which that has been doneˇ The team has won 22 of its last 31 games and is now 4 games under the .500 mark. The Rainiers have not been within three games of .500 since April 25 (7-10). The Rainiers have won 16 of the last 21 home games. IT HAPPENED TODAY IN TACOMA BASEBALL HISTORY: August 26, 1962ˇ Longtime Tacoma pitcher Dick LeMay hurls a seven inning no-hitter for the Tacoma Giants against the Vancouver Mounties. LeMay walks the first batter of the game and then sets down 21 consecutive hitters in the Giants 4-0 victory. PROBABLE PITCHERS FOR UPCOMING GAMES: Day L/R, Tacoma Pitcher L/R, Opposing Pitcher Friday RHP, Ryan Franklin (5-8, 4.70) LHP, Kris Detmers (4-8, 5.07) Saturday RHP, Brett Hinchliffe (9-7, 5.07) RHP, Mark Thompson (4-2, 2.60) Sunday RHP, Melvin Bunch (9-1, 3.27) RHP, Mike Busby (3-4, 6.75) REHABILITATING RAINIERS HELPING OUT: The Rainiers are currently featuring three major league players on rehabilitation. Charles Gipson is coming back from a separated right shoulder, and he has boosted the offense by going 6-16 with five stolen bases in the three games of his rehab so far. His bunt single ignited the Rainiers 8th inning rally which lead to Tuesday's 2-1 win. Butch Henry, coming back from a torn labrum in his left (pitching) shoulder, worked a shutout inning last night. The Rainiers expect to see Eric Weaver continue his rehab. Weaver is coming back from bone chip surgery on his right elbow. SOMEWHERE, ERNIE BANKS IS ANGRY: By mutual agreement of the Farm Directors of the Seattle Mariners and the Anaheim Angels, the Rainiers and Edmonton will NOT be playing a doubleheader in Edmonton on August 31. The twinbill was originally scheduled due to the rainout of May 21, but since both teams are eliminated from the pennant race the clubs have agreed to not make up the lost game. A single game will be played at 6:05 PST. RAMSAY TO TRY HIS HAND AT RELIEF: Tacoma pitcher Robert Ramsay has been moved to the bullpen at the request of the Seattle Mariners Front Office. The lefty from Washington State University has been none short of dominant since being acquired by the Mariners from Boston in the Butch Huskey trade. In five starts since the trade, Ramsay has gone 4-1 with a 1.08 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 33.1 innings. In his last start Ramsay struck out 14 Colorado Springs Sky Sox over the course of seven innings. The Mariners are preparing Ramsay for a possible look in the major league bullpen this September. Ryan Franklin will take his spot in the rotation. "JUMBLE" SOLUTION: AKERS = RAKES: Tacoma utility player Chad Akers tied the 34-year-old club record of 26 consecutive games with a hit when he reached on an infield single in the first game of the doubleheader with Calgary on August 16. With the base hit Akers tied the record established by Rex Johnston in 1965 with the Tacoma Giants. Akers streak was snapped in the nightcap, as he went 0x2 with three walks in five plate appearances. Calgary right fielder Benji Gil made a diving catch to rob Akers of a base hit in the seventh inning. Akers has the longest hitting streak in the PCL this year. The PCL record is 61, set by Joe Dimaggio in 1933 with the San Francisco Seals. Akers continued his success at the plate since the streak ended, hitting safely in five more before taking an 0-4 against Colorado Springs on August 22. All told, Akers hit safely in 31 of 32 games (.364, 48-132), with only Gil's diving catch preventing him from hitting in 32 straight. Akers joined the Rainiers on July 15 from the Atlantic City Surf of the independent Atlantic League. Playing for Fargo in the independent Northern League in 1997, Akers set the Northern League record by batting safely in 27 consecutive games. The utility player has started games in right, center, and left field, as well as third base, second base, shortstop and designated hitter. UPCOMING PROMOTIONS: Date Opponent Promotion August 27 Memphis Mt. Rainier Celebration Fireworks August 28 Memphis Milgard Windows Megaphone Night August 29 Memphis Final Home Game Of 1999 THEY REPRESENTED THE WORLD: Recently five Tacoma Rainiers players traveled to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada to participate in the 1999 Pan American Games to compete for their native countries. The Pan Am Games served as the qualifying tournament for the America's (North, Central, South) for a spot in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. David Holdridge and Todd Williams competed for Team USA, Ryan Radmanovich with Team Canada, and Maximo De La Rosa and Francisco Matos with the Dominican Republic. Cuba and the USA finished with the Gold and Silver Medals respectively, earning a spot in the 2000 games. Canada finished with the Bronze Medal, falling just short of the 2000 games.
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