Tacoma knocked off Tucson on Saturday night, 6-4, giving manager Daren Brown his 375th win as skipper of the Tacoma Rainiers.
With that win, Brown tied Dan Rohn (2001-2005) for the most wins by a Tacoma manager in franchise history. Brown will go for sole possession of the record today.
That wasn’t the only accomplishment of note on Saturday: Luis Rodriguez singled in the first inning, extending his hitting streak to 21 consecutive games. Rodriguez didn’t stop there – he went 3-for-4 in the game and was a big part of Tacoma’s 11-hit attack.
All 11 hits for Tacoma were singles, but they bunched nine of them together in the first four innings, leading to the six runs.
The all-singles attack means that Carlos Peguero did not hit a homer. He has five longballs in the last six games now.
Jeff Marquez earned the win, allowing four runs in five innings. Tacoma had shutout relief, as Josh Kinney and Stephen Pryor each delivered two scoreless innings.
The Rainiers have won four straight games, and 11 of the last 15. More good news: all three of the other teams in the Northern Division lost last night, so Tacoma gained a game on all of them. The Rainiers are only 3.5 games out of first place.
Today’s game is at 1:35 pm, and it will be broadcast on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Forrest Snow (1-4, 7.48) against Tucson RHP Bear Bay (0-1, 5.91).
- Grant Clark wrote the Rainiers game story for The News Tribune.
- My Minor League Notebook for The News Tribune focuses on Andrew Carraway, Danny Hultzen, and the Virginia-to-Seattle pipeline.
- The Mariners were hot until this Angels series started. The M’s are trying to avoid a four-game series sweep today.
- Brandon League is going to take a break from closing for a little while.
- In Larry Stone’s Sunday baseball package for the Seattle Times, we have a column on former Tacoma Giants pitcher Gaylord Perry, a notebook that leads with an item on an offense that is worse than the last two Mariners teams, power rankings, and thumbs.
- Rob Neyer is not a big fan of the Mariners most recent roster move.
- In the PCL, a rehabilitating Brandon Inge went 5-for-5 with two homers, a grand slam, and seven RBI in Sacramento’s 10-0 drilling of Reno last night. How come our rehabbers never do that?
- Former Rainiers pitcher Yusmeiro Petit – now with Fresno – helped out Tacoma today by shutting out Colorado Springs, 1-0.
- The Fresno paper did a story on star outfielder Roger Kieschnick and he weird batting stance. Hey, it works for him.
- Scott Richmond tossed eight shutout innings and Las Vegas whitewashed Salt Lake, 9-0.
- Holy smokes, Isotopes fans. Matt Kemp is on rehab tonight and it happens to coincide with one of those auction-off-the-jersey nights. I wonder what his will sell for?
- Nashville’s Brooks Conrad is one of the hottest hitters in Triple-A baseball, and the Sounds have won four in a row.
- Third baseman Matt Dominguez had a big game to help New Orleans beat Omaha.
- The top prospects shined in Iowa’s 6-4 win at Memphis.
- Rob White – one of the best baseball writers covering the PCL - travelled to Arizona to write a feature on Bubba Starling for the Omaha newspaper.
- The PCL already has Manny Mania. Now we get word that Vladimir Guerrero could be next.
Off to the ballpark – day game!