Rainiers Hit The Road

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.

RAINIERS 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.

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Let’s see if the Rainiers can keep this going on the road.

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