Tacoma scored all of its runs on Friday night via the two-out rally.
It started in the first inning, when Efren Navarro connected on a solid RBI single with two outs to drive in Shawn O’Malley from second base. It sure was nice to see the former Salt Lake Bees star do that for Tacoma instead of against Tacoma.
With the score 1-0 in the fifth, O’Malley was at first base with two outs and suddenly a four-run rally materialized. Navarro blooped a base hit, Mike Zunino scalded a grounder through the teeth of an infield shift for an RBI single, Mike Baxter walked to load ’em up, a wild pitch brought in a run, and Ed Lucas doubled home a pair.
I hope you weren’t out getting a Red Hot dog while this was going on – it went from 1-0 to 5-0 very quickly.
The team played a good, clean game on Friday night. Nice to see so early in the season.
Yesterday: Tacoma made it two straight over Albuquerque, picking up a 5-2 win on Friday night. Cody Martin allowed just one hit through the first five innings, and the Rainiers bullpen of David Rollins and Blake Parker provided shutdown relief.
Today: Albuquerque (0-2) at Tacoma (2-0), 5:05 (Pacific).
Opponent Affiliation: Colorado Rockies.
Season Series: Tacoma leads, 2-0.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Jeff Hoffman (-) at LHP James Paxton (–).
Hoffman is a young prospect who was one of the keys to the deal which sent Troy Tulowitzki to Toronto last summer; this will be his Triple-A debut.
Paxton was edged out by Nathan Karns for the Mariners fifth starter job, so here he is with Tacoma. He’s looking for good health and consistency in 2016.
Hot Rainiers: Shawn O’Malley, Boog Powell , Ed Lucas, and Mike Zunino each have hit safely in both games.
Look Out For: Hoffman. The Blue Jays drafted him in the first round in 2014 even though he had ‘Tommy John’ surgery, believing in his potential after recovery. Reports from spring training say he was throwing an easy 97 mph.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 4:50 (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.
- In the Rainiers game story, Ed Lucas told The News Tribune that the lineup has tough outs all the way through it.
- The Mariners had just four hits and lost the home opener to Oakland on a ninth inning home run, 3-2.
- Larry Stone wrote about the “buzzkill” once the game started.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook leads with the ceremonial first pitch tossed by Ken Griffey Jr.
- John McGrath writes that the Mariners are trying to get the attention of Seahawks fans.
- While Nori Aoki won’t be going to the Hall of Fame like Ichiro, the two do share some similarities. Todd Milles has the story.
- Baseball America has its annual list of the youngest players in each major and minor league. Interesting that no Mariners appear in any league.
- We had our first PCL Classic of the 2016 season, and it happened in Las Vegas. Last night Fresno beat Las Vegas 15-10 in a game that featured 32 hits. If you are a pitcher do not read this story.
- Kaleb Cowart drove in four runs and Salt Lake held on for a 6-4 win over visiting Sacramento. The Bees are 2-0.
- El Paso had a six run inning and picked up an 8-6 win at Reno. James Loney reported to the Chihuahuas and had two hits.
- Omaha strolled to its first win, beating New Orleans with a walk-off walk.
- The Iowa Cubs lost to Round Rock, 4-3, and then things got worse… they lost Muneori Kawasaki to a major league call-up.
- The walk-off triple made a rare appearance. Nashville’s Renato Nunez – who is supposed to be a good young hitting prospect – tripled in the 11th inning to give the Sounds a 2-1 win over Oklahoma City.
- Memphis had a strong start from J.C. Sulbaron and topped Colorado Springs, 2-1.
Can the Rainiers start the season with three straight wins? Let’s find out!