We had a wild one at Cheney Stadium on Saturday night. Tacoma beat the Sky Sox in a game that would be more common at high-elevation Security Service Field in Colorado Springs, 16-9.
To see this many runs score in Tacoma - on a pleasant, calm night - was rather unexpected.
Both starting pitchers struggled. The Sky Sox had a lot of defensive issues. The Rainiers issued a bunch of walks.
Most importantly, both teams hit well.
The Sky Sox had 13 hits, and led the game 6-1 in the third inning. Tacoma pounded out 19 hits, including a pair of three-run homers.
Mike Carp went 2-for-4 with five RBI, including the go-ahead three-run double in the fifth that gave Tacoma an 11-8 lead. Guillermo Quiroz was 3-for-4 with a three-run homer. Darren Ford waited until his final at-bat to double, extending his hitting streak to 17 games.
The big star was Carlos Triunfel, who went 4-for-5 with a home run, four runs scored, and five RBI. Triunfel is on a tear right now: in his last four games, he has gone 8-for-16 with three home runs and 11 RBI. Not a typo: he has driven in 11 runs in the last four games.
Tacoma has won two of three so far against the Springs, and the Rainiers can win the series with a victory today.
Today’s game is at 1:35 pm, and you can hear it on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Andrew Carraway (3-4, 4.17) against Colorado Springs RHP Rob Scahill (7-9, 5.60).
- We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
- My Minor League Notebook for the paper has an item on the no-hitter by Class-A pitcher Jordan Shipers, and an anecdote from Guillermo Quiroz on Luis Jimenez at the Triple-A All-Star Home Run Derby.
- The Mariners won as Felix Hernandez was magnificent.
- First round draft pick Mike Zunino hit a double in his professional debut for the Everett Aqua Sox last night.
- John McGrath had some fun this week: he selected his team of Seattle Pests – or if you prefer, the worst Mariners killers of all-time.
- Time for the Larry Stone Sunday baseball package in the Seattle Times: a column about the Mariners “untouchable” players with the trade deadline approaching, his notebook contains several interesting items, and as always we have power rankings and thumbs.
- The Oakland A’s next big pitching prospect is Dan Straily, and he is pitching on Wednesday night at Cheney Stadium against Danny Hultzen and the Rainiers.
- In the PCL, Paul McAnulty hit a two-run homer in the eighth to lead Salt Lake to a 4-3 comeback victory at Reno. McAnulty went deep off sidearm lefty specialist Joe Paterson.
- Bruce Billings was dealing and Sacramento felted Las Vegas, 7-1.
- Everyone likes a good feature story on the little-known back-up catcher of the Tucson Padres. Tucson beat Fresno last night, 9-5.
- Omaha scored seven runs in the second inning, and Jake Odorizzi cruised from there to beat Iowa.
- Former Rainiers slugger Brad Nelson hit two home runs, but his Round Rock Express lost to Memphis, 5-4.
- The Oklahoman reports that the Oklahoma City RedHawks bats were sleeping last night.
- It’s pouring rain in Nashville, and the Isotopes and Sounds had the dreaded doubleheader rain out last night. That means… two doubleheaders in the future.
Let’s win this series!