On Hits – Or The Lack Thereof

The Rainiers had one hit in a 12-0 loss to Fresno on Saturday night.

And that was one more than the Mariners had earlier in the day, when Phillip Humber of the White Sox threw baseball’s 21st perfect game against them.

The Mariners and their Triple-A affiliate combined to go 1-for-56 on the day, for a miniscule .018 batting average.

The man with the hit was Luis Jimenez, who singled with two outs in the fourth inning at Cheney Stadium.

Facing Fresno starter Brian Burres, Jimenez hit a low line drive over second base and cleanly into the outfield for the day’s Big Knock.

It was a thing of beauty, because it was the only thing we saw like it all day. (Unless you count Fresno’s 19 hits).

It’s weird how the top two clubs in the Mariners organization could get shut down so emphatically on the same day.

I posed the question on Twitter, which would you rather do, lose 4-0 in a perfect game, or lose 12-0 and get one hit? More people though the second option was worse, because you don’t get the history of the perfect game. At least a perfect game is something to remember and talk about for years to come.

Personally, I’ll never forget John Halama‘s perfect game against Calgary at Cheney Stadium on July 7, 2001. I can still vividly picture the final out, a hot grounder to first base that Todd Betts speared, and tossed to Halama covering first to complete the first nine-inning perfect game in PCL history.

Mariners fans had something to remember yesterday. Rainiers fans are going to forget about yesterday’s game as quickly as possible.

Today’s game is at 1:35, and you can hear it on 850 AM in Tacoma and streaming online right here. Tacoma sends LHP Mauricio Robles (0-1, 3.95) to the mound against Fresno RHP Eric Hacker (3-0, 2.00).

It’s looking like it’s going to be a beautiful day in Tacoma. After the game today, kids can run the bases and get a free t-shirt from Olympians supporting Walk To London 2012.

Links:

  • We’ll start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune, which features one lonely quote from Daren Brown, who was one lonely man coaching third base last night.
  • Here is my Sunday Minor League Notebook from the TNT. I lead off with an item on Fresno’s Todd Linden, who is a local guy.
  • Here is Larry LaRue’s story on the perfect game, and John McGrath was there to write about it, too – it was the first no-hitter or perfect game he had ever seen in person.
  • The Mariners wanted to go down swinging.
  • John Sickels wrote a career profile on Phillip Humber.
  • The Sunday baseball package from Larry Stone is here: a column declaring the best team in baseball, his notebook wonders if Bryan LaHair is trade bait, and we have power rankings, and thumbs.
  • Things are not looking good for former Rainiers pitcher Michael Pineda. We hope he gets healthy soon.
  • In the PCL, Reno was shut out by Sacramento, 6-0. It appears that Sacramento starter Jarrod Parker is going to the big leagues – he was pulled after 2.2 shutout innings.
  • Las Vegas topped Colorado Springs in 10 innings, 9-8. It was a wild scoring sequence.
  • Las Vegas catcher Yan Gomes is from Brazil.
  • Pitching led the way for New Orleans once again – this time it was from the bullpen.
  • The Iowa Cubs have had so many transactions early they can’t keep the roster straight.
  • Alex Castellanos homered twice and Albuquerque won in Oklahoma City.
  • Omaha beat Nashville in the 13th inning when Jarrod Dyson singled in the winning run off a position player through a five-man infield – or was it a six-man infield? Just read the story.
  • More good stuff from that game: Dyson was caught stealing by a catcher for the first time in two years and 55 stolen bases. “I got hosed,” he said.

That’s all I have time to get to this morning – come out to the ballpark, it’s a great day!

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