Carlos Triunfel had a game to remember last night, going 5-for-5 while hitting for the cycle during Tacoma’s 8-0 win over Fresno.
Triunfel tripled down the right field line in the first inning, then doubled to the same spot in the third. He homered to deep left-center in the fourth inning, and then chopped a single down the first base line to complete the cycle in the fifth.
The single that finished the cycle could have been a double – he went halfway to second, and then returned to first. It didn’t matter either way – it was 5-0 at the time, and the next batter (Nick Franklin) cranked a 3-run homer.
Here’s the video of the single that completed the cycle. The camera picked up the lead runner, but you can see in the background that Carlos was well on his way to second base, then turned around and went back to first.
Triunfel is the first Tacoma batter to hit for the cycle since Raul Ibanez accomplished the feat on August 19, 1997 against Albuquerque. That’s so long ago that Raul was a young up-and-comer trying to crack the big league roster.
It seems like there have been numerous cycles hit against Tacoma since Ibanez did it, so this morning I went back and checked the league records.
Actually, there were only three – but they came in a four-year span, tricking my mind into thinking that it happened all of the time. Here are the cycles hit against Tacoma between Raul’s and Triunfel’s:
- May 24, 2008 – Joe Koshansky, Colorado Springs
- May 28, 2010 – Jarrett Hoffpauir, Las Vegas
- May 10, 2011 – Tommy Manzella, Oklahoma City
From Raul in 1997 to Koshansky in 2008, there were no cycles in games involving the Rainiers.
Of note: Koshansky hit for the cycle twice in 2008. That gives Carlos something to shoot for!
On the pitching side of things, the Rainiers tossed their first shutout of the season last night. James Paxton, Andrew Kittredge, and Logan Bawcom combined on a 3-hitter. The Rainiers team ERA dropped down to 3.79.
It’s no secret that the Rainiers pitching staff was a major culprit in the club’s 63-81 record last year. The team ERA in 2012 was 4.97, which ranked 12th in the 16-team PCL. Considering that the Rainiers play home games at sea level and hardly anyone else in the league does, Tacoma needs to finish in the top-half of the league in team ERA in order to have success. It’s great to see the club off to a good start in this area.
Moves, moves, moves… more moves. Can’t tell the players without an up-to-the-minute program these days.
Yesterday, the Rainiers added infielder Stefen Romero from the disabled list, filling the roster at 25. Romero did not play yesterday but might be in there today – he was the Mariners Minor League Player of the Year last year. Romero has been out since early March with a strained oblique suffered during spring training.
This morning, the Mariners called up pitcher Hector Noesi to serve as bullpen insurance after their 14 inning game last night. The Mariners sent Bobby LaFromboise back to Tacoma and I suspect he’ll report tonight.
Noesi was scheduled to start tonight, but his spot will be taken by Brian Sweeney.
Tonight’s game is at 7:05, and it’s out first Thirsty Thursday of 2012. That means $2 Miller Genuine Drafts and Miller Lites on the Tasty Terrace. Tacoma starts RHP Brian Sweeney (1-0, 2.35) against Fresno RHP Boof Bonser (0-1, 5.40). The broadcast is on 850 AM and streaming online right here.
- Todd Milles wrote the Rainiers game story for The News Tribune – it was the first cycle he has ever seen. Milles used translator Denny Almonte to get some quotes from Triunfel.
- Triunfel leads off Baseball America’s daily Prospect Notebook.
- The Mariners lost a 14-inning marathon to Detroit, 2-1. There were a ton of subplots in this one – so many that Dave Cameron wrote a 3,000-word tome on the game.
- It looks like Mariners reliever Stephen Pryor is going to be on the disabled list for a while.
- Hector Noesi found out he was going to the big leagues at 1:30 AM.
- The Seattle Times hosted a live chat with Danny Hultzen yesterday – I missed it, but you can read it right here.
- In the PCL, there were three rain outs in the Midwest last night. However, a few games did get played.
- Tucson beat Salt Lake, 10-7. Tucson outfielder Daniel Robertson‘s virtues include – according to the Arizona Daily Star – being short, annoying, and not bitter.
- Salt Lake added major league veteran Brad Hawpe to an already veteran-laden roster.
- Down 7-0 at the stretch, Reno pulled off a miracle comeback for an 8-7 win against Colorado Springs.
- Sacramento’s six-game win streak ended in Vegas last night.
- Oscar Taveras and Jamie Romak went deep in Memphis’s 8-3 win at New Orleans. David Aardsma tossed a scoreless inning in his Zephyrs debut.
- From Oklahoma City, we have a piece on top prospect Jurickson Profar.
- Story of the day: PCL President Branch Rickey III talks about the move “42,” his grandfather, and the Rickey-Robinson family legacy.