Here Comes Peguero

Carlos Peguero blasted a two-run homer in each of his first two at-bats on Monday, helping the Rainiers to an 8-2 series-opening win at Iowa.

It may be small sample size, but Peguero has been doing things that the Mariners want him to do: in his last 19 at-bats, he has struck out only one time, and has even drawn two walks.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: if Peguero can improve his strikeout-to-walk ratio, and lay off more pitches out of the zone, he can be a quality Major League player because of his massive power.

Peguero has four homers in his last seven games. He’s working hard to improve his outfield play.

Let’s keep an eye on this.

The Rainiers won the game by a comfortable margin despite issuing 10 walks. Iowa left 16 runners on base, by going 2-for-15 at the plate with runners in scoring position.

Tacoma has not walked 10 batters in a game and won since August 13, 2008 against Las Vegas – and that was a 14-inning game.

Quick turnaround today.

Tacoma plays Iowa at 10:05 (Pacific) Tuesday morning – the first of three straight 10:05 AM games. These are 12:05 starts here in Iowa, where we are in the Central Time Zone. The I-Cubs are playing a lot of home day games this year, 26 to be exact, easily the highest total among PCL teams. Tacoma is playing 16 day games, and that’s a high total – Tucson is playing only three home day games all season!

If you think about it, it makes sense for the I-Cubs to play a lot of day games, since the players will be playing them at Wrigley when they get called up. But can Iowa fill the park? We’ll find out later today.

Tacoma starts RHP Erasmo Ramirez (1-0, 2.84) against Iowa RHP Chris Volstad (0-0, 0.00). Volstad is making his first Triple-A start of the year; he was just sent down by Chicago. We’ll have the broadcast live on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here.

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Off to the ballpark – bright and early!

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