Singles Night In Albuquerque

The current road trip through Reno and now Albuquerque features seven straight games in great hitter’s parks, and the Tacoma Rainiers had a field day on Thursday night.

Tacoma had a season-high 22 hits* (including 20 singles) in a 12-3 win at Albuquerque. Three different players: Shawn O’Malley, Zach Shank, and Steve Baron – had four-hit games.

Shank and Baron are recent call-ups from Double-A Jackson, and they were hitting in the No. 8 and No. 9 spots in the lineup. Shank had his first four Triple-A hits, while Baron moved his Tacoma batting average from .190 to .320.

Tacoma is 3-1 on the current road trip, and is 14-6 over the last twenty games. The Rainiers are just two games under .500 for the first time since early May.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Tacoma had a season-high 22 hits – twenty of which were singles – and blasted Albuquerque on Thursday night, 12-3. Overlooked in all of that offense was a solid start by Sam Gaviglio, who tossed six scoreless innings.

Today: Tacoma (33-35) at Albuquerque (30-38), 6:05 (Pacific).

Opponent Affiliation: Colorado Rockies.

Season Series: Albuquerque leads, 7-6.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Forrest Snow (4-4, 2.43) at LHP Yohan Flande (2-2, 6.41)

Roster Moves: Today the Rainiers are (finally) expected to add outfielder Justin Ruggiano to the roster. He was designated for assignment on June 4, and outrighted to Tacoma June 13, but somewhere along the line he picked up an injury and has not been with the team. Apparently he’s now able to play and is reporting today.

Hot Rainiers: Franklin Gutierrez had the day off yesterday, so his hitting streak is still 20 games. He’s 30-for-81 during the streak, which is a .370 batting average. Shawn O’Malley is on a tear, too: he’s 17-for-36 over an eight-game hitting streak, and he’s batting .388 in the month of June.

Look Out For: Drew Stubbs might be warming up – he has a six game hitting streak, going 7-for-24 with just four K’s (that’s what he’s trying to work on, cutting down strikeouts).

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 5:50 (Pacific) 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.

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After all of the singles last night, I’m expecting to see some homers tonight.

* early reports had the Rainiers hit total at 21. After the game ended there was a scoring change on a play in the sixth inning, and Shawn O’Malley was credited with a single increasing Tacoma’s total to 22 hits.

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