The Rainiers enjoyed their first blowout victory of the season on Sunday afternoon, scoring multiple runs in four of the first five innings en route to a 13-1 win over the Albuquerque Isotopes.
Tacoma had fifteen hits, with four going for extra bases. Included was the season’s first home run (for or against Tacoma): a long Stefen Romero drive to left-center in the fourth inning.
The hitters continued to have good at-bats, with batters up and down the lineup getting themselves into positive counts. The Rainiers drew four walks while striking out only five times, and for the brief season they have 18 walks and 29 strikeouts – not bad at all.
Adrian Sampson started on the mound for Tacoma and delivered six shutout innings of one-hit ball. Not bad at all for your first start of the season!
The victory gave Tacoma a series win over Albuquerque, three games to one. Now the Rainiers welcome the El Paso Chihuahuas to town – a four game series, all night games, starting tonight at 6:05.
El Paso went 1-2 in Reno, with one of the games getting rained out. The Chihuahuas lost 6-1 on Sunday.
Yesterday: The Rainiers jumped all over Albuquerque starter Shane Carle, scoring 13 runs over the first five innings and coasting to a 13-1 victory. All of your favorite players had big games, led by Boog Powell‘s three hits and three runs scored, and Stefen Romero‘s four runs batted in. Romero hit the season’s first home run, a two-run shot in the fourth inning.
Today: El Paso (1-2) at Tacoma (3-1), 6:05 (Pacific).
Opponent Affiliation: San Diego Padres.
Season Series: 0-0.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Greg Reynolds (-) at RHP Donn Roach (–).
Roach nearly made the Mariners opening day roster as a reliever, ending spring training with 15 consecutive scoreless innings in the Cactus League. After sending him down, the Mariners decided to use him as a starter in Triple-A. He’s known for his good sinker.
Hot Rainiers: After yesterday’s game, pretty much everybody… Ed Lucas extended his hitting streak to all four games… Stefen Romero has multiple hits in three of the first four games, with six RBI… Shawn O’Malley has reached base with a hit or a walk in all three he has played in… Mike Zunino has hits in all three games he has played.
Look Out For: Like Tacoma, El Paso has hit just one home run so far: Carlos Asuaje‘s two-run shot at Reno on Friday… the Padres are taking a look at veteran first baseman James Loney, who had two hits in his Chihuahuas debut on Friday… speedy outfielder Manuel Margot was the prospect centerpiece of the winter trade which sent closer Craig Kimbrell to the Boston Red Sox… catcher Austin Hedges is known around the game for his ability to throw out basestealers.
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.
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- The News Tribune’s Rainiers game story includes the phrase “they hit and hit and hit.”
- The Mariners lost to the A’s in ten innings, 2-1, and got swept in the three-game series. At least Felix pitched well. Texas arrives in town tonight.
- By the way, Felix is the unluckiest pitcher of all-time according to this analysis.
- If you want to read about the Mariners not scoring runs, John McGrath has the dirty details.
- The Mariners Notebook from the TNT mentions that the team is 0-for-3 stealing bases so far this season.
- Reno used a strong start from Edgar Garcia to beat El Paso, 6-1.
- The Salt Lake Bees finished off a four-game home sweep of Sacramento with a 7-4 win on Sunday. Todd Cunningham hit a three-run homer.
- Fresno at Las Vegas was rained out – the first back-to-back rain outs in Las Vegas since 1984.
- Back-to-back triples by Jared Hoying and Joey Gallo helped Round Rock to a 10-4 win at Iowa, completing a road sweep. Round Rock’s 4-0 start is the franchise’s best in its 17-year history.
- Oklahoma City took down Nashville, 3-1, to win the series. Dodgers starter Jeremy Kehrt – who really should have an ‘o’ on the end of his name – delivered six scoreless innings to earn the win.
- New Orleans shortstop Austin Nola had the first two-homer game of his career in a 7-4 win at Omaha.
- Colorado Springs banged out 15 hits – three by top prospect Orlando Arcia – in a 6-4 win at Memphis.
We need a short game tonight. Iron Maiden is at the Tacoma Dome!