After winning 11-0 in the series opener on Monday, the Rainiers lost to Reno on Tuesday night, 7-0.
It was a straight reversal. Mike Jacobs singled home a run in the first inning, and then hit a grand slam in the second (Jacobs has 17 RBI in his last seven games and he needs to be stopped before he hurts someone). Tacoma never got anything going against Zeke Spruill, Kevin Munson, and Jess Todd who combined on a five-hitter.
Positives were in limited supply for the Rainiers, but here are a few: left fielder Xavier Avery made a great throw to nail a runner at home plate, third baseman Leury Bonilla made a terrific diving stop of a grounder, first baseman Jesus Montero made a nimble play to get an out on a wild throw, and Carson Smith worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning in his second game off the DL.
After results of 11-0 and 0-7, I have no idea what to expect today. 1-0 or 11-10? Perhaps an average* 5-3 game?
We’re starting early today, so please drop by the ballpark if you can. Take a long lunch break, and have a hot dog and a beer.
Wednesday’s game starts at 11:35 AM – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show begins at 11:20 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Andrew Carraway (2-2, 5.40) against Reno RHP Mike Bolsinger (2-0, 2.38).
- We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune, penned by Don Ruiz, which has lots of good quotes.
- The Mariners took down Texas, 6-2. That win gets them back to .500 at 22-22.
- You can find Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook right here.
- It’s become a national story, and I’ll just let the professionals report it: ex-Rainiers and Mariners catcher Miguel Olivo and teammate Alex Guerrero had an ‘altercation’ in the Albuquerque dugout that turned into a Tyson-Holyfield episode.
- At least that brawl didn’t happen in front of 15,000 fifth- and sixth- graders on Kid’s Day… whoops! It did.
- Salt Lake beat the fightin’ ‘Topes, 7-4. It was Salt Lake’s second win in its last 16 games. The Bees will add Josh Hamilton on a rehabilitation assignment.
- Veteran El Paso left-hander Jason Lane shut down the Sacramento River Cats, 3-2.
- Las Vegas outfielder Matt den Dekker scorched a go-ahead two-run double as Vegas topped Fresno, 3-2.
- Think the Rainiers had a rough night? New Orleans issued ten walks and got smoked at home by Oklahoma City, 12-0.
- Former Mariners left-hander Joe Saunders pitched Round Rock to a 2-1 decision over Iowa.
- Omaha starter John Lamb and a host of relievers combined to strike out 13 Nashville Sounds in a 4-1 win.
- Colorado Springs had a bullpen problem and Oscar Taveras went 4-for-5 to help Memphis take down the Sky Sox, 6-3.
- Everything you need to know about Tara the Hero Cat throwing out the first pitch in Bakersfield is right here.
- From the Nothing To Do With Baseball Department: with the Seahawks visiting the White House today, you might enjoy John McGrath’s letter to the president.
That’s it for today – gotta get to the park for this early start!
* somebody added up all of the baseball scores in major league history and determined that the all-time average score of a MLB baseball game is 5-3.