Colorado Springs singled the Rainiers to death on Friday night, collecting three doubles and 13 singles on the way to an 11-4 win over Tacoma. The Sky Sox salvaged a split of the four-game series.
Rainiers starting pitcher Matt Palmer was touched for nine hits in just 2.1 innings – and all nine hits were singles, with three of them infield singles. That led to five early runs for the Sky Sox.
The positives for the Rainiers came on the offensive side of things.
Rehabilitating Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders went 3-for-4 with a walk and two RBI. Suddenly hot-hitting outfielder Xavier Nady went 3-for-5, and he has ten hits in his last 26 at-bats. Abraham Almonte continued his resurgence with two hits – he’s hit .322 over his last 13 games, going 19-for-59 with two homers, six walks, and 11 strikeouts.
Nick Franklin homered in the bottom of the ninth, when the game was far out of reach. However, that could be a big hit if it snapped Franklin out of his slump (he’s 8-for-60 since returning from Seattle). If Franklin starts hitting like normal this lineup will be quite potent.
Now the Oklahoma City RedHawks come to town for the first time since 2012. They are the Houston Astros farm club, and they have a number of young prospects to keep an eye on. Infielders Enrique Hernandez and Ronald Torreyes are (almost) Altuve-sized and very young for Triple-A, and powerful outfielders Domingo Santana and Preston Tucker show promise.
Oklahoma City just took three-out-of-four at Reno, and their hitters got healthy putting up big numbers at Aces Ballpark. They have been playing well overall, boasting a 42-34 record that puts them in a first-place tie with Omaha in the American-North.
The good news (or bad news, depending on your perspective) is that the Rainiers are not going to face Astros top pitching prospect Mike Foltynewicz, who started last night in Reno. Reportedly Foltynewicz has lit up PCL scoreboard radar guns at 100 mph multiple times this season.
Saturday’s game starts at 5:05 PM – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show begins at 4:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Andrew Carraway (3-4, 4.45) against RedHawks LHP Brett Oberholtzer (1-2, 4.88).
- We’ll start as always with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
- The heating-up Brad Miller homered in the ninth to give the Mariners a 7-5 win at Kansas City on Friday night.
- There are lots of good notes in Bob Dutton’s Mariners notebook.
- Sacramento earned a series split at Round Rock with a 7-5 win last night. It was a battle between AL West affiliates.
- Reno fell two games behind Sacramento after a 12-8 loss to Oklahoma City last night.
- Fresno snapped a 2-2 tie by scoring four runs in the eighth inning, earning a split at New Orleans. Apparently the Giants are calling up Fresno infield prospect Joe Panik.
- Memphis exploded for 13 runs and hammered Salt Lake to win the series on the road, three games to one.
- Kyle Hendricks pitched well and Javier Baez had a big game at the plate in Iowa’s 8-3 win over El Paso.
- Nashville suffered a total meltdown in the ninth and lost at Las Vegas, 5-4. The Sounds carried a 4-1 lead into the inning and have now lost eight in a row.
- Albuquerque was rained out at Omaha. It was the final meeting of the year between the two teams, so it will not be made up.
This is our final 5:05 Saturday start time this season – all remaining Saturday home games will start at 7:05.