Tacoma’s first road game of the season brought about the team’s first rough outing of the season, a sloppy 11-6 loss in Albuquerque.
Rainiers pitchers issued a season-high seven walks, the team made a season-high two errors (revised down from three after the game), and the team hit into a season-high four double plays. And we left out the wild pitches, passed balls, and runners thrown out on the bases.
These things happen, even to good teams. What will be interesting to watch will be seeing how the club responds tonight.
Yesterday’s game wasn’t without its highlights. The team hit really well, even doing something I don’t believe I’ve ever seen before: the Rainiers leadoff batter had a hit in eight of the nine innings.
Stefen Romero continued his fast start, going 3-for-4 with a triple and a homer. He already has five multiple-hit games this season.
And Mike Zunino has shown some progress. He had three hits last night, including a long home run off Albuquerque starting pitcher Shane Carle. This was not a high-elevation PCL homer – this was a home run in any ballpark, anywhere.
Expect more offense all road trip. These are some great hitter’s ballparks, in Albuquerque and El Paso.
Yesterday: The Rainiers had their first sloppy loss of the season, making a bunch of mistakes in an 11-6 loss to Albuquerque. They hope to rebound tonight.
Today: Tacoma (6-2) at Albuquerque (5-4), 6:05 (Pacific).
Opponent Affiliation: Colorado Rockies.
Season Series: Tacoma leads, 3-2.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Adrian Sampson (1-0, 0.00) at LHP Ryan Carpenter (0-1, 7.20).
Whoa, what’s this? Is that even legal? The Rainiers are facing a left-handed starting pitcher for the first time this season.
Hot Rainiers: Ed Lucas extended his hitting streak to seven games, and Mike Zunino has a six-game hitting streak… Zunino has homered in two straight games, including a tape-measure blast on Friday… Boog Powell and Chris Taylor have five-game hitting streaks.
Look Out For: Triple-A rookies Jordan Patterson and Mike Tauchman have six-game hitting streaks… the Isotopes hit their first home run of the season last night, and it was a grand slam by Tim Smalling.
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.
- Details on last night’s game, along with reaction from manager Pat Listach, can be found in the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
- The Mariners bats sprung into life during a road trip opening 7-1 win at Yankee Stadium on Friday.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook talks about Robinson Cano‘s new line of t-shirts, among other things.
- A.J. Reed homered in his second straight game, and Fresno drew 13,415 to its home opener. The defending PCL champions beat Las Vegas, 2-1.
- El Paso put the hammer on Reno, 10-3, in the Chihuahuas home opener.
- Sacramento lost its home opener to Salt Lake, 4-3. The River Cats played without manager Jose Alguacil, whose father passed away.
- Round Rock had a huge crowd on hand to see an 8-6 win over the Iowa Cubs. James Jones had two hits and is batting .344 for the Express.
- Colorado Springs lost its home opener to Memphis, 10-9, in a game that was typical of high-elevation baseball.
- Omaha starter Jonathan Dziedzic shut out New Orleans, 3-0. I’ve learned that is pronounced “Jed-jick,” even though ‘Dziedzic’ does not contain the letter ‘j.’ Dude has a 0.00 ERA after two starts.
- Nashville spoiled the Oklahoma City Dodgers opener with a 5-3 victory. A’s prospects Renato Nunez and Matt Olson homered.