Timely Hitting Dooms Rainiers

The Fresno Grizzlies came through in the clutch in their home opener, scoring all of their runs on two-out hits in a 6-1 victory over the Tacoma Rainiers on Friday night.

Pitching in cold and wet conditions, Tacoma starter Forrest Snow struggled with his control for the second start in a row. He walked four batters in three innings, and all four scored.

Fresno scored two runs in the first inning on a two-out, two-run double by Charlie Culberson. They added three more in the third on a two-out, bases loaded triple by Todd Linden.

Linden, by the way, is now 31 years old. The Central Kitsap High School product is attempting a comeback – the Giants gave him a Triple-A opportunity after he played for an independent team in Edmonton last year.

The Rainiers are 4-5. They’ll try to get back to the .500 mark when LHP Anthony Vasquez (1-0, 1.29 takes the mound against Fresno RHP Yusmeiro Petit (1-0, 3.00). First pitch is set for 7:05 pm, and you can catch the broadcast on 850 AM or streaming online right here.

Links:

  • I wrote the heavily-edited game story for The News Tribune, focusing on Forrest Snow’s uncharacteristic control problems.
  • The Fresno Bee covered the game thoroughly – it was the Grizzlies home opener. We have a photo gallery, a game story, and a notebook.
  • Yesterday the Mariners placed George Sherrill on the disabled list, and called up Charlie Furbush. Today I expect the Rainiers to add veteran right-hander Brian Sweeney to the roster – he’s been working out in extended spring training.
  • The Mariners were shut out by Oakland in their home opener, 4-0.
  • The Mariners rebuilding process can be maddening, writes Larry Stone.
  • John McGrath watched Felix Hernandez pitch, and he felt like something was missing. On the other hand, Jerry Brewer isn’t going to waste any energy worrying about Felix.
  • Seven members of the old Tacoma Giants were among the honorees at the San Francisco Giants home opener. They celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Giants 1962 World Series team.
  • In the PCL, Salt Lake won its home opener over Tucson, 5-4. Mike Trout had a big two-run triple, and David Pauley was the Bees starting pitcher. The Salt Lake Tribune has a story on Bees General Manager Marc Amicone.
  • Reno spoiled the Sacramento River Cats home opener, winning 2-0.
  • Colorado Springs played its first home game, and the used baseballs from their new humidor. Travis Snider doesn’t care about humid baseballs – he went 4-for-5 with a grand slam and Las Vegas pummelled the Sky Sox, 14-0.
  • Tommy Lasorda showed up at the Albuquerque Isotopes home opener.
  • Anthony Rizzo homered twice and the Iowa Cubs spoiled Round Rock’s home opener. Rizzo is batting .400 with five HRs and 13 RBI in nine games.
  • It could be a tough year in Memphis. The Redbirds dropped their home opener to Oklahoma City, 11-3, and have now lost eight in a row.

The weather has cleared here in Fresno, we’re not supposed to see anymore rain on this road trip.

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