Tacoma first baseman D.J. Peterson went 5-for-5 in Tacoma’s 9-2 win at El Paso on Wednesday night, and he’ll always remember it for the inside-the-park home run he hit off the head of Chihuahuas centerfielder Auston Bousfield.
Peterson hit a deep drive to the fence in right-center, Bousfield tried a leaping catch, and the ball glanced off the wall, hit Bousfield in the side of his head, and ricocheted all the way toward the right field foul pole.
Bousfield had to leave the game, though he did walk off the field under his own power.
Here’s the video – click on it if it doesn’t open automatically for you:
After the game, Peterson told me this was the second inside-the-park home run of his life. He said he hit one in college when the centerfielder lost his deep fly ball in the sun, and his teammates yelling from the bullpen told the outfielder to run the wrong way!
Baseball America released its annual “Best Tools” survey of minor league managers, and several Rainiers were honored by the league’s skippers.
First baseman Dan Vogelbach was voted Best Strike Zone Judgement of all PCL players. Recently acquired Mike Freeman was honored as the Best Defensive Second Baseman in the league. Efren Navarro (now with Memphis) was voted Best Defensive First Baseman.
Rainiers manager Pat Listach was voted by his peers as Best Manager in the survey.
You can see all of the results right here.
Patrick Kivlehan – designated for assignment on Monday – was claimed off waivers by the San Diego Padres. He’ll presumably be assigned to El Paso, but it will take him some time to get here. We wish him the best of luck with his new team – except when playing against Tacoma!
Yesterday: D.J. Peterson went 5-for-5 with an inside-the-park home run in Tacoma’s 9-2 blasting of El Paso in the series opener on Wednesday night. Zach Shank added a 4-for-5 performance, and Sam Gaviglio provided six strong innings of pitching to earn the win.
Roster Move: We’ll wait for the Mariners to make the announcement, but there is going to be some movement between the major league team and Tacoma today. I’m not sure if any players will be joining the Rainiers in time for tonight’s game.
Today: Tacoma (65-46-1) at El Paso (62-50), 6:05 (Pacific).
Opponent Affiliation: San Diego Padres.
Season Series: Tacoma leads, 9-4.
Tacoma have clinched a win in the season series against El Paso for the first time. The Chihuahuas won easily in their first year (2014), and it was an 8-8 split in 2015.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Forrest Snow (-) at RHP Aaron Northcraft (5-1, 4.70)
Snow is making his first Triple-A appearance of the year. This is technically a bullpen game – Snow was being used as a reliever at Double-A Jackson, where he had a 1.93 ERA in 32.2 innings.
Hot Rainiers: Daniel Robertson has hit safely in 12 of his last 14 games, going 19-for-59… Tyler Smith is 8-for-17 over the last four games…Zach Shank has walked eight times in his last nine games, with zero strikeouts (26 at-bats).
Look Out For: Nick Noonan has a six-game hitting streak coming into tonight’s game… PCL home run leader Hunter Renfroe does a lot of damage in his home ballpark, where he is batting .390 with 15 homers. He’s hitting .249 with 11 homers on the road.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 5:50 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.
- In the Rainiers game story, D.J. Peterson describes his inside-the-park home run.
- Hisashi Iwakuma tossed a gem, and the Mariners hit three homers in a 3-1 win over the Red Sox last night.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook includes updates on injured Mariners Ketel Marte and Nick Vincent.
- Larry Stone has a column on the Mariners “particularly sordid history of closer roulette.“
- David Laurila of Fangraphs asked a bunch of broadcasters if they prefer a pitcher’s duel or a slugfest. I’m a pitcher’s duel guy.
PCL Game Reports:
- Fresno scored a pair of unearned runs in the 11th inning to win at Las Vegas, 5-3. Fresno remains 3.5 games behind Tacoma – and they play a doubleheader today.
- Reno had a rehabilitating Zach Greinke on the mound, and Salt Lake’s Rafael Ortega and Cal Towey each homered off him in the Bees 6-3 victory. Greinke said in the story that he always gets hit in rehab games. Reno is now five games behind Tacoma.
- Sacramento out-slugged Albuquerque, 10-8.
- Round Rock’s Joey Gallo and Ronald Guzman homered in a 6-4 win at Oklahoma City. The Dodgers have lost four in a row, but expect to add Yasiel Puig to the roster soon.
- Lewis Brinson hit a grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift Colorado Springs to a 4-1 win over Nashville. Suddenly the Sky Sox are loaded with prospects – Josh Hader tossed six strong innings in this game.
- New Orleans hammered Iowa, 9-4. The Cubs are playing without injured prospect Mark Zaguris.
- Omaha’s Jorge Bonifacio hit a grand slam in the top of the tenth inning to beat Memphis, 6-4.