When Two Is Better Than Six

El Paso scored in six different innings on Tuesday, and the Rainiers scored in two innings.

Tacoma won the game, 11-7.

The Rainiers had a six-run fourth, and a five-run fifth. That was enough to claim a win, and improve the Rainiers record to 9-3.

The big story was that Mike Zunino‘s home run streak came to an end. He homered in five straight games -an amazing run – but did not go deep on Tuesday.

He did, however, contribute in a big way to a Rainiers victory. He hit the two-run single in the top of the fourth that gave Tacoma a 3-2 lead, and he added another RBI single in the fifth inning.

But the most fun part of the game was when Tacoma shortstop Chris Taylor made an error. Forced to rush a throw on a slow roller from quick El Paso outfielder Jose Pirela, Taylor’s throw went wide and smoked Chihuahuas mascot ‘Chico‘ right in the gut. Enjoy the video.

Taylor insists that Chico was flashing him prior to this play, raising his jersey to expose his gross, bare chihuahua belly. Ewwwww.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Tacoma scored six runs in the fourth inning, with Mike Baxter‘s three-run homer capping the rally, and defeated El Paso 11-6.

Today: Tacoma (9-3) at El Paso (3-8), 10:05 AM (Pacific).

Opponent Affiliation: San Diego Padres.

Season Series: Tacoma leads, 4-0.

Starting Pitchers: LHP James Paxton (0-2,11.37) at RHP Daniel McCutchen (2-0, 7.36).

Paxton has had a lot of trouble with walks in his first two starts of the season, and he hopes to get that taken care of today.

Hot Rainiers: Mike Zunino has a ten-game hitting streak, and he leads the PCL with 18 RBI… Ed Lucas extended his hitting streak to 11 games…Stefen Romero has multiple hits in seven of the 12 games he has played in, but he left yesterday’s game with a stiff back… Efren Navarro has built an eight-game hitting streak, collecting 15 hits… Chris Taylor has a nine-game hitting streak.

Look Out For: The Chihuahuas also have a hot-hitting catcher. Austin Hedges has hit safely in eight straight games, with homers in his last two, and he was 3-for-4 with three RBI Monday… Jemile Weeks is 8-for-18 with two triples in his last four games… top prospect Manuel Margot is warming up from a slow start, going 5-for-15 in his last three games. He can really play defense in center.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 9:50 AM (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.

Links:

  • Mike Zunino talked about the end of his home run streak in the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
  • Mariners manager Scott Servais talked about Zunino’s hot start. Read about it in Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook.
  • The Mariners lost the series opener in Cleveland, 3-2. Wade Miley walked in two runs, but the bullpen was terrific and they only allowed three runs in the game. Gotta score some.
  • John McGrath has an interesting read, comparing the 2001 Mariners to the 2015-16 Golden State Warriors, and Steph Curry to… Carlos Guillen?

PCL Reports:

  • Jordan Patterson‘s first Triple-A home run was a grand slam in Albuquerque’s 9-5 win over Reno. That paper has a feature on infielder Chris Nelson, who then went on to make three errors in the game. Whoops!
  • Fresno shut out Salt Lake, 3-0, handing the Bees just their third loss of the season. Tommy Shirley and three relievers combined on a six-hitter.
  • Holy smokes, Sacramento banged out 21 hits in a 12-1 workover of the Las Vegas 51s. This game was in Sacramento – a tough place to hit.
  • Round Rock got shut out for the second straight game, as Luke Farrell and Omaha beat ’em 3-0.
  • Oklahoma City beat Memphis 4-0 in a five-inning, rain-shortened game – and Jharel Cotton got credit for a complete game shutout.
  • New Orleans scored early and often in a 7-5 win over Iowa. Destin Hood ripped a three-run homer in the first inning.
  • The Sky Sox were postponed again, this time with Nashville in town.

OK, after today we are back to normal, night-time baseball for a while.

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