Stefen Romero lined two solo homers at Albuquerque on Sunday evening, helping Tacoma to an 8-5 win over the Isotopes.
Both of Romero’s homers came off right-handed pitchers: he connected for a 425-footer over the center field fence in the third inning against Red Patterson, and then drilled a 390-foot drive into the Rainiers bullpen in left field against Matt Magill.
Yes, we’re in Albuquerque where the ball carries extremely well, but these two liners were crushed. It’s good to see Romero striking the ball sharply.
Meanwhile, Andrew Carraway continued the Rainiers run of excellent starting pitching. He lasted six innings and gave up two runs, marking the eighth time in the last nine games that Tacoma’s starting pitcher has surrendered three or fewer runs.
Matt Palmer relieved Carraway and pitched the final three innings, giving the rest of the bullpen a nice break.
Tacoma is 4-2 so far on the eight-game road trip, and the team has won 10 of its last 14 games.
Monday’s game starts at 6:05 PM (Pacific) – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show begins at 5:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Taijuan Walker (4-2, 4.14) against Albuquerque RHP Steve Smith (2-4, 7.52).
- The Rainiers game story from The News Tribune comes with a box score.
Hear’sHere’s a good feature from the Albuquerque paper updating the status of ear-biting victim Alex Guerrero.
- Taijuan Walker told MiLB.com that 2014 has been a season of patience.
- Seattle took a tough 1-0 loss to Baltimore yesterday, dropping two-of-three in that series. The M’s are off today.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners notebook suggests Michael Saunders may be rehabbing with the Rainiers this weekend.
- The Mariners are juggling their starting rotation to line up Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma against current wild card leader Toronto.
- Ryan Divish has an extremely early report on how the Mariners new acquisitions are doing.
- Ex-Rainiers star Mike Carp was claimed off waivers by the Texas Rangers – he reports to the big league club.
- In the PCL, shortstop Matt Reynolds had a big game as Las Vegas won in Sacramento, 7-2.
- El Paso wore those goofy dog jerseys, gave up seven runs in one inning, and lost to Reno 13-7.
- Salt Lake pitched a shutout in Fresno. The Salt Lake paper has a piece on former Mariners catcher John Buck.
- Carlos Peguero homered twice, lifting the Omaha Storm Chasers past the Iowa Cubs and into first place in the American-North. Iowa also lost slugging second baseman Javier Baez, who was called up to Chicago today.
- After big events on Friday and Saturday, “the life was sucked out of” Dell Diamond on Sunday and the Round Rock Express were swept in a doubleheader by Memphis.
- It took 12 innings, but New Orleans ended a five-game losing streak with a 4-3 win over Nashville. Mark Canha had the game-winning RBI.
- Preston Tucker hit two dingers and Oklahoma City crushed Colorado Springs, 8-1. Colorado Springs catcher Jackson Williams was a little too honest during a recent three-day big league call-up.
- Mariners pitching prospect Edwin Diaz appears on today’s Baseball America round-up.