Back To Earth

One day after the nearly perfect 9-1 opening day victory in Fresno, the Rainiers got dropped back to the .500 mark by taking an 8-3 loss.

It was actually a close game: 4-3 at the seventh inning stretch, and a one-run game at the completion of each inning up to that point. But Fresno strung together some hits and the Rainiers had some defensive issues, leading to four runs in the bottom of the seventh. Ballgame.

The big highlight was another home run from Alex Liddi, who is doing a Triple-A Mike Morse impression right now. He’s hit a two-run homer in the early going in each of the first two games.

Andrew Carraway was streaky on the mound: five of the first seven batters he faced got hits, but only two runs scored. Then he retired nine batters in a row, taking a lead into the bottom of the fifth. The worm turned and Fresno started getting hits again. All told, Carraway allowed four runs (three earned) in six innings, and he was stuck with the loss.

Today’s game is going to be interesting. Jeremy Bonderman will be making his first appearance in an official game since October 1, 2010 when he started for Detroit at Baltimore. Bonderman, who has a career record of 67-77 in eight major league seasons, is trying to come back from elbow surgery and return to the big leagues.

Bonderman will be opposed by Fresno RHP Andrew Kown. First pitch is set for 7:05 pm, and you can listen to the live radio broadcast on South Sound Sports 850AM or via the online stream right here.

Links:

  • The Rainiers game story from The News Tribune has… wait for it… details on the game.
  • Here is the Fresno Bee’s report on the game, which focuses on Grizzlies starting pitcher Chris Heston.
  • The Mariners won yesterday but lost today.
  • Rockies prospect Nolan Arenado had another big game in the Sky Sox 6-2 win over Reno.
  • Salt Lake defeated Tucson 2-1 on an eighth inning wild pitch.
  • Las Vegas scored five unearned runs to beat Sacramento. The River Cats have never lost three straight to open a season – it could happen today.
  • A rehabilitating David Freese helped Memphis split a doubleheader with Oklahoma City (no link because the Memphis Commercial Appeal no longer lets you read a word without subscribing – even “incognito.” Too bad, because they cover the PCL well).
  • Round Rock starter Justin Grimm is supposed to be a pretty good prospect, and he pitched the Express to a 3-1 win over Omaha.

Sorry for the late blog, the wireless internet went out in my Fresno hotel room – no surprise to any of my fellow PCL broadcasters. Hopefully it’s working on Sunday morning – y’all know I love the Sunday baseball links!

2 Responses to Back To Earth

  1. Bill Sporre says:

    Nice talking with you in AZ. Why hasn’t Nick Franklin been in the lineup?

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