Q: What does it mean if Carlos Triunfel hits a grand slam off Taijuan Walker?
A: It’s going to be a long night at the ballpark for the Tacoma Rainiers.
Triunfel lined a go-ahead grand slam in the bottom of the second inning on Monday night, the ‘Topes knocked out Walker in the third, four different Rainiers pitchers allowed homers, and Albuquerque picked up a 12-5 win.
Albuquerque ended a five-game losing streak. Tacoma can still win the series with a victory in the final game tonight.
The game marked just the second time in ten games that Tacoma’s starting pitcher allowed more than three runs in an outing. The pitching has been terrific for Tacoma recently, so let’s just chalk this one up as an outlier.
Walker struggled with his command. He fell behind in the count, and then left pitches up and over the plate where they were quite hittable. It doesn’t matter who is on the mound or how hard he throws: if a pitcher leaves the ball up in the strike zone in Albuquerque, he’s going to get hit hard.
Tonight is the final game of the road trip. The team has an off-day on Wednesday and opens a five-game homestand against Fresno on Thursday night.
Tuesday’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 Jordan Pries (8-6, 3.79) against Albuquerque RHP Zach Lee (6-10, 5.22).
- We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
- The Mariners believe they can make a run to the playoffs, Bob Dutton writes.
- Lloyd McClendon has a history with new outfielder Austin Jackson.
- Lou Piniella went on Dave Mahler’s show yesterday and it was a really good interview – you can listen here.
- In the PCL last night, Las Vegas starter Logan Verrett shut down Sacramento and things are tightening up in the Pac-North. The Sacramento paper has a feature on perfect game pitcher Philip Humber.
- Reno is hot. The Aces won their fourth in a row, and pulled within two games of Sacramento with a 4-3 win at El Paso. Reno goes for a sweep tonight.
- Adam Duvall is back in Fresno and he had the big hit as the Grizzlies defeated Salt Lake, 4-1.
- Iowa and Omaha are taking turns claiming first place in the American-North. Iowa has it now, after a 6-0 win at Omaha last night.
- Nashville is still in first in the American-South, despite getting shut out by Brad Penny and New Orleans last night. (Yes, that Brad Penny).
- Memphis and Round Rock finished their back-to-back doubleheaders yesterday, with Round Rock sweeping.
- Oklahoma City’s Preston Tucker is heating up and the RedHawks knocked off Colorado Springs, 5-3.
Tonight is Tacoma’s final game of the year against the Fightin’ ‘Topes. The Rainiers lead the season series 8-7 going into the game.