Long travel day today – the first road trip of the year starts tonight, an eight-gamer through Albuquerque and El Paso. Let’s get right to the round-up.
Yesterday: The Rainiers finished off a highly successful opening homestand, completing a three-game sweep of the El Paso Chihuahuas with a 4-1 win. Tacoma’s Cody Martin and El Paso’s Jeremy Guthrie each carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, and all of the runs in the game scored in the sixth. Tacoma had three straight two-out RBI hits in the bottom of the sixth.
Today: Tacoma (6-1) at Albuquerque (4-4), 6:20 (Pacific).
It’s the Isotopes home opener, hence the slightly unusual start time which allows for the pregame ceremonies.
Opponent Affiliation: Colorado Rockies.
Season Series: Tacoma leads, 3-1.
After dropping three-of-four in Tacoma to start the season, Albuquerque traveled to Reno and won the series there, three games to one.
Starting Pitchers: LHP James Paxton (0-1, 2.25) at RHP Shane Carle (0-1, 24.75).
Paxton is looking to cut down the walks, after issuing five over four innings in his season debut Saturday. The Rainiers torched Carle at Cheney Stadium in a 13-1 win on Sunday, but after that game a scout friend (non-Mariners) told me he is actually bullish on Carle and thinks he just had a bad day.
Hot Rainiers: Ed Lucas extended his hitting streak to six games, and Mike Zunino has a five-game hitting streak… Effren Navarro, Boog Powell, and Chris Taylor have four-game hitting streaks.
Look Out For: Triple-A rookies Jordan Patterson and Mike Tauchman have five-game hitting streaks… the Isotopes are the only PCL team to not hit a home run yet, but their home ballpark is a notorious launching pad so look out… opening day starting catcher Dustin Garneau was called up by the Rockies to fill in for an injured player.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 6:05 (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.
- The Rainiers game story from The News Tribune has details on Cody Martin‘s nice night and the Rainiers big rally.
- The Mariners were off yesterday to travel to New York City. Robinson Cano looks forward to the series because he “likes it when they boo me.”
- Quite a few Mariners have never been to Yankee Stadium before.
- Baseball America posted its first weekly Prospect Hot Sheet of the season… and a Mariner made it!
- Albuquerque is coming off a 5-2 win at Reno, in which top prospect Jeff Hoffman dealt.
- Rafael Ortega had a big day at the plate, and Salt Lake held on for a 10-9 win over visiting Fresno. Grizzlies first baseman A.J. Reed – who some consider the top hitting prospect in the league right now – went 3-for-5 with his first Triple-A home run.
- Starting pitcher Seth Lugo bailed out the beleaguered Las Vegas bullpen on Thursday, tossing a gem in a 6-2 win over Sacramento.
- Memphis scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to upend Oklahoma City, 4-3. Jon Rodriguez had the game-winning hit for the Redbirds. Dodgers outfielder Corey Brown is excited about the home opener tonight.
- Colorado Springs won the final game of a series at Nashville, 7-5. Michael Reed and Jake Elmore each had three hits.
- Javier Baez had two hits for Iowa in a 4-2 win over New Orleans, and got called up by Chicago after the game.
- And the game of the day: trailing 7-3 going to the bottom of the ninth, Omaha scored five runs to beat Round Rock, 8-7. “The Great Balbino” Fuenmayor won it with a two-out, three-run double.
Let’s see if the Rainiers can keep this going on the road.