The Rainiers beat a pretty good Oklahoma City club yesterday, 7-3, in the opener of a four-game series. That’s five straight wins for Tacoma, and the team is now 21-21 on the year. That stretch of 8 losses in 10 games is getting smaller and smaller in the rearview mirror.
Once again, it was the hitting that led the way. The Rainiers have scored 7+ runs in all five games, and the team has had 10+ hits in each one. Tacoma has hit 11 homers in the last four games, improving to 3rd in the 16-team Pacific Coast League with 38 homers.
Tommy Everidge lead the way last night. His two-run homer off the top of the wall in the third inning gave the Rainiers a 4-0 lead, and his opposite-field two-run double opened up a close game in the seventh.
Chris Seddon went six innings for the win, and Rainiers relievers Brian Sweeney and Sean White combined to work three scoreless innings while striking out five.
In other news, the Rainiers officially announced the make-up dates for the April rainouts with Salt Lake. The teams will play doubleheaders at 6:00 at Cheney Stadium on June 22 and June 24. That’s going to make for a gruelling stretch of six games in four days, but that’s the only way to make ‘em up. The games will be seven innings each, which is the minor league rule.
Tonight’s game is at 7:00, live on 850 AM and streaming on www.tacomarainiers.com. Tacoma starts RHP David Pauley (0-3, 3.47) against Oklahoma City RHP Tommy Hunter (1-1, 3.06).
Update: It’s 8:00 and we haven’t started yet. It’s pouring rain, too.
Now for the links:
- In an in-depth Rainiers game story for The News Tribune, Ryan Divish runs through the numbers on the Rainiers recent hitting surge, and he talked to Everidge.
- The paper also ran a feature on new Mariners hitting coach Alonzo Powell.
- You know the M’s season is officially in the tank when the Seattle Times is running an off-day feature on a batting practice pitcher.
- My man Rob Neyer agrees with John McGrath’s column from yesterday, and he further delves into the Mariners mess.
- Jason Churchill decided to put Cliff Lee on the market.
- In the PCL, Salt Lake shut out Iowa, 1-0, to stay a half-game ahead of Tacoma in the standings.
- Fresno starter Eric Hacker finally lost - he’s 7-2. Ex-Rainiers outfielder Jalal Leach is mentioned in this story*. The Fresno second baseman needed some harsh words of reality to jump-start his career.
- The Giants really seem set on leaving Buster Posey in Fresno for a while. Posey went 4-for-4 yesterday, he’s hitting .344.
- Brett Anderson rehabbed with Sacramento, and when he was done Travis Blackley tossed three scoreless innings and picked up the win.
- And we think Tacoma’s hitters are hot – Round Rock has had 10+ hits in 11 straight games.
- Albuquerque games are like NBA games – just show up for the last couple of innings.
A couple of ex-Rainiers relief pitchers got good news: Jon Huber was signed by the Dodgers to a minor league deal, and yesterday the Red Sox called up Scott Atchison.
* I’m still upset at former Rainiers Asst. GM Kevin Kalal for not naming his son Jalal Kalal, like he once promised. He was sober, too.