The Rainiers evened up the series in Fresno on Saturday night, blasting the Grizzlies 11-1.
Tacoma had 14 hits, with seven of them going for extra bases. Seven different players had two hits for the Rainiers, including the first six batters in the lineup.
Tacoma had one home run: a line drive two-run shot by Luis Jimenez in the third inning. Jimenez already has three homers and three doubles in ten games, exactly the kind of extra-base power the Rainiers need from him.
Mike Carp had the first two hits of his rehabilitation assignment, going 2-for-5 with a single and a double.
We have a hitting streak: Carlos Triunfel had two hits yesterday, and he has a five-game hitting streak during which he has gone 7-for-22.
Anthony Vasquez started and pitched six innings for the win, becoming the Rainiers first pitcher to earn two wins. Vasquez has nine straight “quality starts” in the PCL, dating back to last year.
Today’s game is at 2:05 PM with the pregame show starting at 1:50. The broadcast is on 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Matt Fox (0-2, 2.25) against Fresno LHP Travis Blackley (0-0, 0.00).
- Here is the Rainiers game story I wrote for The News Tribune.
- In my first Sunday Minor League Notebook, we update the “Big Three” at Double-A Jackson.
- Hector Noesi tossed a gem, Jesus Montero drove in three runs, and the Mariners shut out Oakland last night, 4-0.
- In the Seattle Times, Larry Stone’s Sunday baseball package includes a column about contract extensions, a notebook with information about Mike Morse, powers rankings, and his thumbs up-and-down.
- In the PCL, Chris Carter homered to help Sacramento defeat Reno, 4-3.
- Salt Lake first baseman Efren Navarro is buried behind Albert Pujols, Kendry Morales, and Mark Trumbo. Yikes!
- The Reno newspaper chased down a bunch of former Aces.
- Todd Linden is happy to be back in Fresno.
- Here’s a minor league moment: 2-2 tie, bottom ninth. Batter hits a single. Wild pitch, wild pitch, wild pitch – game over. That’s how the Las Vegas 51s lost last night in Colorado Springs.
- Nashville knocked off New Orleans, 9-5. It was just the second loss of the year for the Zephyrs.
- Memphis won on opening day – and they haven’t won since. They dropped their ninth in a row last night.
- Omaha won a wild one in Albuquerque – 14-10 in 13 innings.
Off to the ballpark for some daytime baseball!