Tacoma won its third straight game on Monday night in Albuquerque, taking down the Isotopes 8-6 in another tense game. Tacoma took three-of-four from the ‘Topes to win its first series of the season.
This one saw the Rainiers fall behind 6-4 in the fifth, then get shutout relief for the duration while the team mounted its comeback. Ji-Man Choi doubled in the go-ahead run with one out in the top of the ninth.
Major pitching contributors were relievers Logan Kensing, Clay Rapada, and Logan Bawcom. Bawcom picked up his first save of the year after collecting 21 of them in 2013.
The offense did a nice job of taking what was given to them – and they were given a lot. Albuquerque pitchers walked nine batters, plunked two more, and tossed a pair of wild pitches. The ‘Topes also made three errors and had a passed ball.
All of those gifts from the Isotopes made up for the fact that Tacoma hitters went 1-for-17 with runners in scoring position. That really says it all: 1-for-17 with RISP, yet they scored eight runs and won the game.
The win bumps the Rainiers record up to 5-5, and now the team hosts Salt Lake. The Bees opened the season 4-2 but have lost six in a row since then.
We’ve got a special treat today, as Taijuan Walker makes a rehabilitation start for the Rainiers. He’ll throw around 95 pitches and hopefully look like he is ready for the big leagues.
The team has some special ticket promotions since Walker is pitching and it’s a normally-not-very-busy-Tuesday-in-April, so check ’em out right here.
Tuesday’s game is at 6:05 – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show starts at 5:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Taijuan Walker against Salt Lake RHP Joe Martinez (0-2, 18.00).
- We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune, with quotes from manager Roy Howell.
- The Mariners were having trouble scoring, but that’s nothing a trip to
The Ballpark in Arlington“Globe Life Park” couldn’t cure.*
- Kyle Seager has always enjoyed
The Ballpark in Arlingtonthe Globe Life, and he had two hits last night. Let’s nickname him Kyle “Global” Seager.
- Larry Stone writes that despite the hits-and-misses in the early going, in the long run instant replay will be good for baseball.
- In the PCL, we have a story on Salt Lake Bees star Efren Navarro. Navarro has been stuck behind Albert Pujols for the last few years, and now he’s being bumped off the position he excels at by a young prospect.
- Las Vegas prospect Noah Syndergaard made the start and the 51s won in Fresno, 5-2. Grizzlies third baseman Adam Duvall connected on his PCL-leading sixth home run. The Fresno paper has a story on Las Vegas outfielder Bobby Abreu.
- Reno’s Randy Wolf – you might remember him from Mariners spring training – took the loss as the Aces fell to El Paso, 5-3. Bobby LaFromboise picked up the save for the Chihuahuas.
- I will not make fun of the El Paso Chihuahuas mascot Chico… I will not make fun of the El Paso Chihuahuas mascot Chico… I will not make fun of the El Paso Chihuahuas mascot Chico…
- Former Rainiers pitcher Ryan Feierabend shut down the Sky Sox in Round Rock’s 6-3 win yesterday. That was supposed to be the first game of a doubleheader, but game two was rained out.
- Have a ballgame, Rob Brantly. The New Orleans catcher went 5-for-5 with five RBI in the Zephyrs 14-8 victory at Oklahoma City.
- Iowa’s game at Memphis was rained out, but Tsuyoshi Wada was named PCL Pitcher of the Week.
- Omaha at Nashville was rained out, too – apparently this was a Tennessee thing.
It will be nice to be back in Tacoma. This is an eight-game homestand, and the team is definitely playing better, so maybe they can start picking up some home wins.
* if you really think about it, we are all living the globe life together, my brothers and sisters.