After a two-day slumber, the Rainiers bats came alive in a 7-3 win at New Orleans on Saturday night.
Tacoma whacked 11 hits, drew four walks, and reached twice on hit-by-pitches to make 17 baserunners in one of the best pitcher’s parks in the PCL.
It was actually more than the team needed.
Adrian Sampson pitched seven shutout innings, giving up just five hits and two walks. He left the game with a 6-0 lead.
Tacoma had several hitting stars, but let’s talk about Mike Zunino for a moment.
Last night Zunino was hit by a pitch and drew two walks in his first three plate appearances. His fourth time up, the bases were loaded with nobody out, so he was thinking RBI – he grounded out to bring in a run. In his final at-bat, he got ahead in the count 3-0 and blasted the pitch out of the park for his 12th homer of the year.
That’s a great night at the plate.
Since May 15th, Zunino has had 40 at-bats and has drawn six walks, and struck out five times. The hits aren’t falling in during this span – he has eight, for a .200 average – but he’s hit three homers. It’s interesting to me that he’s walked more than he has K’d over a 12-game span. Small sample size, arbitrary start date, yeah I know. Still, it looks like progress.
Yesterday: Tacoma ended a two-game slide with a 7-3 win at New Orleans. Tyler Smith and Dario Pizzano each had three hits, to support Adrian Sampson who delivered seven shutout innings.
Today: Tacoma (30-19) at New Orleans (20-28), 11:00 AM (Pacific).
Opponent Affiliation: Miami Marlins.
Season Series: Tied, 1-1.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Donn Roach (4-2, 5.51) at RHP Jarred Cosart (1-3, 4.60).
Hot Rainiers: Jonathan Aro has allowed just one earned run on one hit over his last 11 innings, spanning nine appearances. They’re batting .032 against him during that time… Dario Pizzano had three hits last night and is 7-for-20 over his last five games… Tyler Smith has gone 8-for-22 on this road trip.
Look Out For: Tomas Telis – the switch-hitting catcher – has 17 hits during an eight-game hitting streak… former Rainiers infielder Robert Andino has a nine-game hitting streak, going 16-for-35… Matt Juengel has hit safely in nine of his last ten games, going 14-for-37.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 10:45 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 is about the Rainiers offense coming to life.
- My weekly Minor League Notebook for the paper takes a peek at how James Paxton is doing, and checks in on a Double-A reliever with impressive stats.
- The Mariners suffered a frustrating loss to the Twins, missing out on countless scoring opportunities before finally ending the game with a basrerunning blunder.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook has lots of good stuff. Ketel Marte should be rehabbing with Tacoma this coming week, and the Mariners may have a bullpen crunch soon.
- John McGrath’s weekly MLB Power Rankings are always a fun and insightful read.
- McGrath has a column on the impressive play of Leonys Martin.
- Here’s a fun one: Ryan Divish reviews the trades of Dealin’ Dipoto.
PCL Game Reports:
- Danny Worth hit a walk off grand slam as Fresno downed Colorado Springs., 8-4.
- Round Rock’s Ryan Strausborger homered twice in a 4-3 win over Reno. He’s been on a tear.
- A rehabilitating Scott Van Slyke homered as Oklahoma City won in Sacramento, 5-1. Nice headline by the Cat’s PR kids.
- R.I.P. anyone playing Nashville right now. Joey Wendle hit a grand slam and Nashville pounded Salt Lake, 12-6. The Sounds are 13-1 over the last 14 games.
- Iowa topped Albuquerque in the 11th inning on Juan Perez‘s bases-loaded single.
- The top hitting team in the PCL – that’s El Paso – ripped three more homers in a 7-2 win at Omaha.
- And then there was the Memphis at Las Vegas game. Oh, boy. Vegas ace Gabriel Ynoa pitched six innings, allowed two runs, and left the game with a 14-2 lead. He got the win by a final score of… 17-14. Pitchers other than Ynoa worked a total of 11 innings and allowed 29 runs.
Day baseball today and tomorrow to wrap up the road trip!