Chihuahuas Hit Like Big Dogs

The first-ever Rainiers vs. Chihuahuas game was a lesson for this broadcaster/blogger: don’t make fun of the Chihuahuas team name for an entire winter, or else they will hit four home runs and build a 9-0 lead.

El Paso went on to win the game, 9-5, the Rainiers fell to 1-3 on the season, and I apologize to El Paso for making fun of their dumb team name.

The good news yesterday was that Nick Franklin continues to hit. He went 2-for-3 with a homer and a single, and also drew a walk. Franklin is 8-for-15 with two homers to start the season.

Jesus Sucre also connected on a solo homer – and it was his first at the Triple-A level. Sucre had not homered since April 25, 2012 when he was playing for Double-A Jackson.

Tacoma could use a good starting pitching performance. So far Blake Beavan‘s complete game victory in the opener is the lone pitching highlight of the season. The team needs another one.

Tonight’s game is 6:05 – pregame starts at 5:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. El Paso starts LHP Juan Oramas against Tacoma LHP James Gillheeney.


  • We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune. In the story, Chance Ruffin explains what happened yesterday.
  • The Mariners have their home opener tonight, with James Paxton on the hill. Bob Dutton has a fun preview story.
  • Larry Stone gives us his takeaways from the Mariners 4-2 start.
  • Dave Boling writes that while it is a small sample size, but the Mariners improvement could be real.
  • Remember the other day when I wrote that 40-year-old Las Vegas outfielder Bobby Abreu was the oldest player in the PCL? Whoops! Omaha started Brett Tomko on his 41st birthday yesterday, and not only did he break some records but he also pitched well and beat Memphis, 3-2.
  • Salt Lake survived some late-game jams and held on for a 5-4 win over Fresno. Ex-Rainiers lefty Justin Thomas started for Salt Lake. The Bees have a local player in veteran reliever Brandon Lyons.
  • Daisuke Matsuzaka made his first start for Las Vegas, but he was long gone by the time the 51s walked-off Sacramento on Matt den Dekker‘s game-winning hit.
  • Albuquerque went to Reno, Joc Pederson kept hitting, and the Isotopes beat the Aces 4-2.
  • The Iowa Cubs picked up a 4-1 win over Nashville. Christian Villanueva hit a 3-run homer and Brett Jackson notched a couple of hits.
  • Oklahoma City outfielder Austin Wates had three hits and a homer in the RedHawks 6-4 win at New Orleans.
  • The Colorado Springs at Round Rock game was rained out. The local paper has an article on Express catcher Chris Snyder.

The Mariners game is sold out. The Rainiers game is not. You know what to do!


One Response to Chihuahuas Hit Like Big Dogs

  1. okobojicat says:

    Apparently I got the awesome seats in the club section right off the entrance from the concession where you can hear the radio and watch the game at the same time. it was fantastic.

    I was not at all impressed by Franklin at SS. That error was a little bit pathetic and a couple other times his arm appeared quite weak.

    I was also the guy heckling Montero when he reached first on that error…he looked bad.
    Hi swing was slow. His legs were slower. He should’ve been standing on 2nd and he looked confused out there.

    Gillespie had a hell of a day in LF on a couple diving plays.

    I don’t see any prospects on that roster besides Franklin.

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