Oddities Abound In Series Opener

Reno used a relentless offensive attack to take the opening game of the key five-game series last night, 13-7. The game included a couple of things I don’t believe I have ever seen before.

First off, the Aces hit two inside-the-park home runs – and they were nearly identical.

Both Kyle Jensen and Socrates Brito hit high, deep fly balls to center field that hit high of the 25-foot tall fence and bounced back toward the infield – away from centerfielder Ryan Strausborger. The fence is so far away that both players were able to circle the bases – although there was a play at the plate in each case.

Here’s a link to high-quality video of Brito’s blast – Jensen’s was almost exactly the same.

I think that’s the first time I’ve seen one team hit two inside-the-park home runs in the same game.

The other oddity wasn’t nearly as fun: the Aces scored in every inning. Since they won the game at home, they batted in eight innings. This was their side of the linescore: 3-1-1-1-3-1-1-2. The linescore looked like Clayton Kershaw‘s salary: 31,113,112.

It was a tough game for the Rainiers, who scored five runs in the top of the first inning and got wiped out from that point forward.

But it’s just one game in the standings. Tacoma has a 5.5-game lead with 12 to play.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Reno scored in every inning and hit two inside-the-park home runs to take the opening game of the five-game series, 13-7. Each team had 15 hits, but Reno hit five home runs.

Roster Moves: Today the Mariners called up Tacoma infielder Mike Freeman and optioned reliever Tony Zych to Tacoma.

‘Magic Number’: Seven. That’s the total number of Tacoma wins + Reno losses needed for the Rainiers to clinch the Pacific-North division title.

Today: Tacoma (75-56-1) at Reno (70-62), 7:05.

Opponent Affiliation: Arizona Diamondbacks.

Season Series: Reno leads, 6-2.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Sam Gaviglio (3-1, 2.58) at RHP Shelby Miller (5-1, 3.52)

Hot Rainiers: Daniel Robertson is 13-for-30 over a seven-game hitting streak, and he is hitting .353 since the all-star break… Stefen Romero has hit safely in his last six PCL games, with two home runs…Dae-Ho Lee has at least one hit in all five games he has played in, and he has homered twice… Tyler Smith is batting .309 in August.

Look Out For: Kyle Jensen leads the PCL in home runs (29) and RBI (112), and he’s on an eight-game hitting streak right now…Socrates Brito also has an eight-game hitting streak… Diamondbacks star A.J. Pollock has been with the club on a rehabilitation assignment.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 6:50 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.

Links:

  • If you really want to read about Reno kicking Tacoma’s behind, here is the Rainiers game story.
  • The Mariners were shut out by the Yankees, 5-0, and Seattle has scored just one run in the last two games.
  • John McGrath pinch-hit for Bob Dutton on the Mariners Notebook.

PCL Game Reports:

  • Fresno is not dead yet. Cesar Valdez pitched a gem and the Grizzlies beat Sacramento, 1-0. Fresno trails Tacoma by seven games.
  • El Paso won a crucial game in 12 innings at Albuquerque, 4-2. That gave the Chihuahuas a 5.5-game lead over the red-hot Isotopes. Good game story from the Albuquerque Journal.
  • Las Vegas teed off on Salt Lake, 9-2.
  • Oklahoma City’s march toward the American-North division title was put on hold for a day by the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
  • Raul Alcantara and Nashville shut out Memphis, 3-0. Nashville can clinch the American-South today with a win and a New Orleans loss.
  • New Orleans rode a strong start from Dylan Axelrod to a 2-1 win over Round Rock.

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