Alex Liddi scored two runs yesterday, giving him the Tacoma single-season record.
However, it wasn’t enough as Round Rock defeated Tacoma on Tuesday night, 10-5. Tacoma is still 7.5 games behind first-place Reno, with 26 games left.
Liddi has scored 108 runs, breaking Hosken Powell’s 34-year-old franchise record. Powell scored 107 runs for the 1977 Tacoma Twins.
Liddi is going to shatter this record.
It’s difficult to envision Liddi getting called up before September 1 – if there is one thing that is clear, it’s that he needs more consistent at-bats here in Tacoma, so he’ll be in the lineup every day just as he has been all year.
With Wily Mo Pena and Carlos Peguero hitting behind him in the lineup, Liddi is scoring with great frequency. With those two behind him, he has reached base 21 times and scored 15 runs.
Add into the equation the Rainiers upcoming road trip to Reno and Colorado Springs – nine straight games in launching pads – and I can envision Liddi scoring over 125 runs.
Speaking of launches, you should have seen Wily Mo’s 3-run homer yesterday. It went over the “Home Run Porch” in left field at the Dell Diamond – one of “only four or five” home runs to do that, according to Express broadcaster Mike Capps.
Tonight’s game is at 5:05 (Pacific), and we have an interesting pitching match-up: Tacoma starts LHP Anthony Vasquez (4-2, 3.43), who has been outstanding in his first six Triple-A starts. Round Rock is starting LHP Martin Perez (3-2, 5.76), who is just 20 years old and widely considered the Texas Rangers top pitching prospect, and one of the top prospects in all of minor league baseball.
This should be a fun one – you can catch the broadcast on South Sound Sports 850 AM, or streaming online right here.
As promised, we have Five Strange Things about the Dell Diamond:
- The foul poles are enormous toothbrushes, advertising some local dentist or something.
- Personal grooming is encouraged in Round Rock – they have giant ads for shampoo.
- There is a creepy talking elevator that takes you to the press level.
- When you walk into the press box, you are greeted by the faint odor of fish food.
- There is a Nolan Ryan cow on the concourse.
Really. A Nolan Ryan cow.
A close-up of the sign:
- We lead off with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune, in which Daren Brown discusses Liddi’s record, as well as the strange outing of Forrest Snow. Actually, skip that – the story is not on their website for some reason. If they put it up I’ll try to add the link later.
- The Mariners lost a toughie in Texas.
- The M’s signed a couple of draft picks, including their third-rounder.
- Reno allowed five runs in the top of the first inning and lost to Nashville, 5-3. The Aces are 5-13 over their last 18 games. Go, Sounds, go!
- Evan Frey has been a solid leadoff man for Reno.
- New Orleans third baseman Matt Dominguez is one of the top prospects currently in the league.
- Omaha’s 21-year-old catching prodigy got called up by the Royals.
- Iowa catcher Chris Robinson has a special connection with The Chicken. Iowa’s Ryan Flaherty hit a tape-measure home run, but I sincerely doubt it was Wily-Mosquian.
- Rehabbing Jason Giambi helped the Sky Sox draw a huge crowd, but that didn’t stop Memphis from putting the hammer on the Springs.
- This ESPN story alleges that the Toronto Blue Jays are stealing signs in home games.
Last game of the road trip – the Rainiers are off on Thursday, and so is this blog, and then we’ll be home Friday night to host the Iowa Cubs. See you at Cheney!