Tacoma had its best win of the year on Sunday afternoon, overcoming a 5-0 deficit in the fifth inning and picking up a 7-6 win at Albuquerque. The Rainiers have won seven of the last eight games.
The Rainiers made their comeback with home runs. Stefen Romero and Daniel Robertson each homered during the comeback, and Efren Navarro drilled the go-ahead shot with two outs in the top of the ninth inning.
These home runs came because of a delicious treat being served in the hotel restaurant in Albuquerque.
During the Rainiers first trip to Albuquerque, it was deemed that there were homers in a particular dessert item being served in the restaurant. Anyone who ate it hit a homer the next day. I’m not going to reveal exactly which dessert item this is, for fear word may leak out to the other PCL teams.
The Rainiers flew in on Friday and played that day, winning 6-1. After the game many players were in the restaurant, ready to order dessert and be properly prepared for Saturday’s game. Disaster struck: the restaurant was out of the home run dessert item.
Then the Rainiers lost the Saturday, without hitting a single home run. It was a dessert disaster!
After Saturday’s game, the guys got back to the hotel and learned that the dessert with the homers in it was back in stock. It seemed like every position player on the team was down there, eating the dessert. I felt like I walked into some sort of exclusive invitation-only party thrown by a celebrity pastry chef.
Sunday, Tacoma belts three homers and has a big comeback win. There are definitely homers in the dessert.
We recorded the fourth episode of the Seattle System Scoop podcast with all of the Mariners minor league broadcasters. It’s the first in-season episode and it was really hard to schedule, and we had technical problems, but alas… it’s here.
Yesterday: Efren Navarro singled in the tying run with two outs in the seventh inning, then hit the go-ahead homer in the ninth as the Rainiers stunned Albuquerque on Sunday, 7-6. Tacoma was down 5-0 going to the fifth inning before starting the comeback.
Today: Tacoma (18-12) at Albuquerque (17-14), 10:05 AM (Pacific).
Opponent Affiliation: Colorado Rockies.
Season Series: Tacoma leads, 7-4.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Joe Wieland (2-3, 12.54) at LHP Jorge De La Rosa (-).
De La Rosa is making a major league rehabilitation start – he’s currently on the Rockies disabled list with a strained groin.
Hot Rainiers: Shawn O’Malley is 14-for-27 during a eight-game hitting streak… Daniel Robertson has gone 10-for-27 over his last seven games, and he hit his first home run of the season yesterday… Stefen Romero is 8-for-11 over his last three games… the dessert special at the Sheraton in Albuquerque is en fuego.
Look Out For: Mike Tauchman carries a 11-game hitting streak into today, and he’s reached base in 26 straight games… Jordan Patterson has reached base in 26 of 28 games this season.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 9:50 AM 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 notes that we may look back at Sunday’s game as a key moment during the season. The Albuquerque Journal says that the Rainiers ruined Mother’s Day!
- The Mariners had to settle for a series split against Houston, after losing on Sunday 5-1.
- Robinson Cano isn’t the only hot-hitting Mariner, Bob Dutton writes in his Mariners Notebook.
- The Mariners restructured ownership will be willing to add payroll at the trade deadline if the team is contending, the Seattle Times speculates.
- Did you hear about Bryce Harper? He batted seven times on Sunday and went 0-for-0. Amazing!
PCL Game Reports:
- The El Paso Chihuahuas are 3-0 all-time on Mother’s Day after whacking the Fresno Grizzlies on Sunday, 9-4.
- Las Vegas ripped four homers and Sean Gilmartin coasted to a 9-1 win at Sacramento on his birthday.
- Reno at Salt Lake got rained out; they’ll try to play two today.
- Rob Segedin hit his sixth homer and Oklahoma City rolled to an 8-2 win at Colorado Springs.
- Iowa starter Ryan Williams improved his career record to 20-5 in a 6-5 win at Omaha. Williams was drafted in 2014.
- Nashville beat Memphis on Andrew Lambo‘s RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, 3-2.
- Round Rock held off New Orleans, 4-3, and the paper has a story on catcher Brett Nicholas.
Early game. Rise and shine!