One of the elements of baseball which differentiates it from the other sports is the everyday nature of it. Have a bad game? There will be another game tomorrow.
The first two days of the Rainiers season have been a perfect example of this.
Tacoma lost the opener on Thursday, 11-4. It was an ugly game for the Rainiers.
Just 24 hours later, the Rainiers pounded El Paso 17-5. It was a beautiful game for the Rainiers.
Tacoma ripped 20 hits. Everyone in the starting lineup had at least one hit, one run, and one RBI (note: there was an error in the official box score which contradicted this; it has since been fixed).
The Rainiers sent 11 batters to the plate during a seven-run second inning. Franklin Gutierrez led off the inning with a double, and he drove in the final two runs with another double. He hit double doubles in the second inning. Mmmmmm double doubles.
Pat Kivlehan made his Triple-A debut and hit a hard two-run double to right-center, and homered off utility infielder Mike McCoy in the ninth. It counts as his first Triple-A homer, but we’ll make a note when he hits his first one off of a real Triple-A pitcher.
El Paso’s defense was a zoo. The Chihuahuas were charged with four errors, and misplayed several other balls in which no error was charged.
So we’ve had an 11-4 and a 17-5. Maybe we’ll get a close game tonight?
Yesterday: Tacoma ripped 20 hits in a 17-5 win at El Paso.
Today: Tacoma (1-1) at El Paso (1-1), 6:05 (Pacific).
Affiliations: Tacoma is the Mariners affiliate; El Paso is the San Diego Padres farm club.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Sam Gaviglio vs. LHP Robbie Erlin
This will be the Triple-A debut for Gaviglio, and also his Mariners organization debut. He was acquired in an off-season trade from St. Louis, with Rainiers infielder Ty Kelly going to the Cardinals. Gaviglio is from Ashland, Oregon and played at Oregon State.
Chihuahuas starter Erlin has been bouncing back-and-forth between Triple-A and the big leagues for the past two years. Erlin is known for having a good curveball.
Hot Rainiers: Stefen Romero and Carlos Rivero each had four hits last night, and six hits on the season. Romero is 6-for-11 with 5 RBI, and Rivero is 6-for-9. Rivero had a chance to go 5-for-5 last night, but he flied out against a position player (Mike McCoy) in the ninth inning.
Look Out For: Chihuahuas DH Tommy Medica went 3-for-4 last night, with a three-run homer in the first inning which gave El Paso a 3-0 lead.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 5:50 PM on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.
PCL Scoreboard: follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.
- All season long, our first link will be the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
- The El Paso Times story says that the Rainiers “skewered” El Paso pitching. I like that. Skewered.
- Friday was a rough day for Taijuan Walker and the Mariners.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook is right here.
- In the PCL, Andrew Heaney delivered seven shutout innings and earned a win for Salt Lake at Sacramento, 2-0.
- Fresno knocked off Las Vegas 8-4 on Tark Night. The 51s have a local product in the bullpen in Chase Bradford.
- Angelys Nina had the game-winning RBI and Albuquerque defeated Reno, 2-1 in ten innings.
- Memphis lefty Tim Cooney coasted to an 8-1 win over Iowa. Cooney led the PCL with 14 wins last year. Kris Bryant went 0-for-4 and still has zero homers. Two games without a homer!
- Jose Urena dealt in his Triple-A debut and New Orleans defeated Omaha, 4-1.
- The Oklahoma City Dodgers hit 2-run and 3-run homers in the first inning of a 6-5 win over Round Rock. The paper has a feature on O’Koyea Dickson.
- Nashville starter Barry Zito got a good taste of PCL baseball with a start in Colorado Springs. Nashville won the game, 12-8.
- On the Mariners farm, Double-A Jackson was shut out in Jacksonville, Hi-A Bakersfield had five hits in a 7-1 loss to Rancho (no story available), and Alex Jackson went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI in Low-A Clinton’s opening day 4-3 loss to Beloit.