Rainiers Ride Big Inning To Victory

Tacoma scored six runs in the first inning and coasted to a 16-8 win in Tucson on Sunday night, evening up the series 1-1.

Alex Liddi hit a three-run homer and Michael Saunders contributed a two-run shot in the first.

The Rainiers kept on piling up the hits and eventually finished with 18. When Dustin Ackley hit a long solo blast in the sixth, Tacoma led 15-3.

It was Tacoma’s third straight game with a big inning: the team had a nine-run 5th inning on Friday night at home against Reno, and then a seven-run 7th inning on Saturday in Tucson. This is definitely a good trend.

The game got so bad that Tucson brought in outfielder Bobby Kielty to pitch the ninth inning, just to conserve relievers for today. Kielty gave up a homer to Mike Carp, but he also struck out Johan Limonta, and he K’d Michael Saunders with some sort of nasty backdoor sliderish thingy.

Interestingly, Kielty tried to convert to pitcher last year, but no team would sign him and he ended up sitting out the entire 2010 season before signing with the Padres as an outfielder this year. Yesterday was his second time pitching this season.

Carp went 3-for-5 and extended his hitting streak to 21 consecutive games. Carp’s home run came off an outfielder, but it still counts – he’s now tied with Reno’s Wily Mo Pena for the PCL lead.

Now Carp has been named Pacific Coast League Player of the Week for the second time in four weeks. All he did was bat .515 with 17 hits, four homers, 11 RBI, and 13 runs scored in the seven games.

Excellent non-Carp and non-Ackley news from yesterday: Matt Tuiasosopo, who has not gotten hot yet this season, went 3-for-5 with a walk and scored two runs, lifting his average to .233. Hopefully that was the start of something good for Tui.

Tonight’s game is at 7:00 and it will air live on 850 AM and stream online here. Tacoma starts RHP Blake Beavan (2-2, 4.87) against Tucson RHP Matt Buschmann (2-2, 6.00).


I always love draft day, you never know what’s going to happen. But its sort of like NCAA football recruiting, where you often don’t know if a player is going to work out until a couple of years down the road.


One Response to Rainiers Ride Big Inning To Victory

  1. SodoJoe says:

    My Oh My!!! What a game for the Rainiers. We have to utilize some of this at the big league level. It’s tough to hear about these types of games and then watch the M’s lose 3-1 after just 7 singles. Help!

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