The Rainiers arrived in New Orleans with a four-game losing streak, and they immediately ended it by blasting the Zephyrs on Saturday evening, 14-1.
Everybody in the lineup had at least one hit, eight of the nine had at least one RBI, and seven different players scored at least one run. It was that kind of day.
It was something the team badly needed.
After the game, Stefen Romero – who hit a grand slam – talked a bit about how a change of scenery helps the whole team, bringing some freshness to the club. That certainly appeared to be the case yesterday.
Now we’ll see if the Rainiers can keep it going. A series win here in New Orleans would salvage the road trip.
Today’s game is at noon (Pacific), with Tacoma sending RHP Jeremy Bonderman (2-3, 3.83) to the mound against New Orleans LHP Brian Flynn (1-2, 3.00). The broadcast airs on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streams online right here.
- The Rainiers game story from The News Tribune has quotes from manager John Stearns and grand slam guy Stefen Romero.
- My Minor League Notebook from the paper has notes from around the Mariners farm system.
- The Mariners lost a close one to Oakland last night, 4-3.
- Larry Stone’s Sunday baseball package has a column on the recent umpire problems in the majors, a notebook with an item on former Rainiers pitcher Michael Pineda, power rankings, and thumbs up-and-down.
- In the PCL, Colorado Springs remained a half-game ahead of Tacoma by beating Omaha, 10-7.
- Oklahoma City nearly did it again: trailing Salt Lake 6-1 going to the bottom of the ninth, they hit a three-run homer and then loaded the bases before Brandon Laird flied out to end the game.
- Sacramento prospect Sonny Gray returned to his old stomping grounds – Nashville – and shut down the Sounds.
- Tucson topped Round Rock, 6-1. The Padres are hanging around the .500 mark because of a good starting rotation.
- Las Vegas defeated Albuquerque with a good old-fashioned walk-off walk.
- Fresno held on for a 6-5 win at Memphis.
- Lots of coverage in the Reno paper today, even though the Aces lost again last night. Pitching is to blame for the Aces poor showing so far, although new starter Zeke Spruill looks good so far.
Happy Mother’s Day!