Rodriguez Hits Twenty

Luis Rodriguez had a pair of singles in Friday night’s 13-6 win over Tucson, extended his hitting streak to 20 straight games.

It’s time to take this seriously. The Tacoma franchise record is 26 games, set in 1965 by Rex Johnston and tied in 1999 by Chad Akers.

Last year, Mike Carp hit in 22 straight games, and his streak ended under unusual circumstances.

The team was in Tucson, coincidentally, and Carp flied out in his first at-bat in the first inning. In the second inning, manager Daren Brown got a phone call from his boss: Carp is going to the big leagues, get him to Seattle! So Carp was pulled out of the game and finished with an 0-for-1 – ending his streak.

Obviously, Rodriguez is red-hot right now. During the 20-game streak, he’s batting .408 (31-for-76). He has seen his batting average rise 82 points, from .241 to .323. He seems to be getting even hotter: he’s had multiple hits in the last four games of the streak.

Rodriguez is a switch hitter, and on the year he is batting .313 left-handed and .349 right-handed.

Let’s see if he can keep this streak going. If he can carry it through the three remaining games at Cheney Stadium this weekend, I like his chances of chasing down the record in Reno this coming week.

While he’s not exactly Luis Rodriguez hot, Carlos Peguero is streaking in his own, special way.

The slugger hit another home run yesterday, giving him homers in two straight games, and five home runs in his last five games (with a two-homer game and a no-homer game in there).

In his last five games, Peguero is 8-for-19 with five home runs. Of the 11 outs he has made, eight have been strikeouts. Quick math: in the last five games, when Peguero puts a ball in play it has gone for a hit eight out of 11 times, with five going out of the ballpark.

I bet over at Fangraphs or USS Mariner (hi, marc!) there is some sabermetrician who spends 24 hours a day thinking about Peguero’s stats.

Tacoma has now won three straight games, and 10 of the last 14. They’ll try to keep it going tonight at 7:05, when Tacoma starts RHP Jeff Marquez (3-4, 6.45) against Tucson LHP Colt Hynes (1-4, 4.79).

As always, we’ll have the broadcast on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here.

Links:

  • Here’s the Rainiers recap from The News Tribune.
  • It was a very, very, very tough loss for the Mariners last night.
  • Dustin Ackley did not play on Dustin Ackley Bobblehead Day. Private message to Kelly Munro: you know what to do.
  • Lots of rumblings out of Baltimore that the Orioles are going to lock up former Rainiers outfielder Adam Jones with a long-term contract.
  • Manny Ramirez is living the PCL life just like anybody else in the league – excellent story from the San Francisco paper. In the story, we learn that Manny might stay with Sacramento longer than the May 30 date his suspension ends, because he’s rusty: he hasn’t played in 13 months. Sacramento comes to Tacoma on June 2.
  • Sacramento got creamed by Reno, after the game changed on a controversial call. The fans came to see Manny, who’s comeback is detailed here.
  • Las Vegas ripped Salt Lake and top pitching prospect Garrett Richards in Salt Lake City, 12-4. Travis d’Arnaud hit another homer; he’s batting .307 with ten bombs.
  • Colorado Springs won at Fresno, 5-1, because cool air turned the Grizzlies bats into popsicles, according to the story. Fresno is really beat up, they put a lot of key players on the disabled list.
  • Nashville topped Round Rock 7-6 on Hainley Statia’s go-ahead single in the eighth. Round Rock’s Martin Perez took another beating – something is wrong with the Rangers top pitching prospect, he can’t get anyone out right now.
  • Wil Myers homered in the 12th inning to give Omaha a 2-1 win at New Orleans.
  • Weird game in Memphis last night. Iowa starter Rodrigo Lopez threw one pitch and left the game with an injury, and then Iowa eventually won the game on Luis Valbuena’s ninth inning homer.
  • Six home runs in one game? Just another day in Albuquerque.
  • If you haven’t seen the catch made to save the game in the community college battle in Vancouver, WA yet, it’s right here. Made #1 on Sportscenter.
  • We close it out with my college winning a rivalry baseball game in 18 innings – or if you prefer, 5 hours and 58 minutes – and the newspaper calling it “the theater of absurd.”

Plenty of tickets available for tonight’s game – you can get them at the gate, come on out!

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2 Responses to Rodriguez Hits Twenty

  1. Shila says:

    Mike, what happened in last nights game, second inning when Triunfel was at bat. I recorded that we got 3 K’s and struck out swinging but then he continued to bat. Seemed the person doing the electronic scoreboard thought the same thing since they wiped the stats at the same time as that swing. So what did I miss?

    • Mike Curto says:

      Everyone seemed to think he struck out except for the umpire – half of the Tucson team started walking to the dugout, everyone in the press box thought the inning was over, and I even went to between-innings commercial! I think it was a foul tip, that no one immediately noticed – I’ll ask when I get to the park today. He ended up getting new life, and singled to center.

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