The Tacoma Rainiers have won three straight games for the first time this season, after Tuesday’s 15-4 pasting of the Nashville Sounds.
The Rainiers had 17 hits in the game, as everyone in the starting lineup had either a hit or a run scored.
Alex Liddi had three hits, including two doubles, and drove in four runs. Dustin Ackley hit a double and a triple, and Mike Carp launched a grand slam.
Carp has been particularly hot: in the month of May, Carp is batting .360 with nine home runs and 29 RBI – and that’s in just 22 games.
Luke French started and went 7.1 innings to earn his first win of the season. French’s outing was the longest by a Rainiers starting pitcher this season, and it was only the third time that a Tacoma starter has lasted seven innings.
Tonight’s game is at 7:05 PM, and you can hear it on 850 AM or streaming online. Tacoma starts RHP Blake Beavan (1-1, 5.76) against Nashville RHP Amaury Rivas (3-3, 3.73).
The Rainiers are now 4-2 on the current homestand, with two games to play. With a win in either game the Rainiers will secure their first winning homestand of the season.
- Here is the story on the Rainiers Tuesday win, from The News Tribune.
- From marc w at USS Mariner, we have our first article about how home runs are way, way up at the new Cheney Stadium. If the trend continues we will hear more about this.
- Baseball America’s Daily Dish leads off with a couple of Rainiers.
- John McGrath wrote a column about some of the top players available in the draft. The Mariners select #2 overall on June 6.
- Larry Stone has a blog item on the Mariners trades of Shin Soo Choo and Asdrubal Cabrera.
- Stone has another blog post about his trip to Tacoma on Monday night, with lots of talk about Dustin Ackley.
- In the PCL, no team is hotter than the Las Vegas 51s, who won their eighth in a row yesterday in Iowa. Vegas has won 18 of the last 21 games – and the Rainiers face them on Friday.
- Angels lefty Scott Kazmir had a brutal rehabilitation start and Salt Lake lost to Memphis, 8-1.
- Omaha beat Tucson in the 11th inning when Lance Zawadski scored from second base on a wild pitch.
Hopefully this drizzle will go away and we’ll have a dry night.