An extreme change in weather made a big impact on the Rainiers series-opener at Albuquerque on Saturday night.
When the Rainiers took batting practice at 5:15, it was sunny, 75 degrees, and calm. Not a cloud in the sky. Perfect weather, really.
By 7:15 there was a strong wind blowing in from right field.
An hour later – around the third inning – it was very cold, and the wind was getting stronger by the minute.
Gusting winds made hitting a chore. Routine fly balls became adventures with surprise endings. And it was absolutely frigid.
Even the pitches were moved by the wind, which continued to strengthen as the night went on. Reliever Casey Fien – who got a five-out save – told me his fastball was moved laterally by the wind.
Tacoma scored four runs in the top of the first inning, before the wind became a huge factor. Then the wind came, and the pitchers had a big advantage – as long as most of the fly balls were caught.
The Rainiers won it, 5-3. Tacoma has won three straight games, and eight of the last ten, moving four games over .500 for the first time this season.
Yesterday: Tacoma scored four runs in the first innings on the way to a 5-3 victory at Albuquerque. Extreme winds blowing in from right field made both hitting and fly ball catching a challenge. Christian Bergman pitched into the seventh inning, allowing two runs, to get the win.
Roster Moves: Tacoma will be playing short-handed today as the Mariners are making moves. Gotta wait for them to announce it, but a look at last night’s box score should reveal one move.
Today: Tacoma (10-6) at Albuquerque (7-10), 12:35 (Pacific).
Opponent Affiliation: Colorado Rockies.
Season Series: Tacoma leads, 4-0.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Sam Gaviglio (0-2, 3.38) at RHP Zach Jemiola (1-1, 9.53).
Hot Rainiers: Dan Vogelbach has hit safely in eight straight games, he has nine RBI over the last four games, and he has reached base via hit or walk in 15 straight games… Ben Gamel has reached in 14 straight games… Tyler Smith has a five-game hitting streak, and he’s 10-for-28 over his last eight games… D.J. Peterson has homered three times during a six-game hitting streak.
Look Out For: Noel Cuevas has an eight-game hitting streak, and he’s 10-for-18 against left-handed pitchers… after a slow start Jordan Patterson appears to be heating up. He has a four-game hitting streak.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 12:20 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.
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- Ryan Divish chronicled the history of Eric Thames and the Seattle Mariners. Thames hit .295 with seven homers and a .473 SLG in 249 at-bats for Tacoma in 2013.
- John McGrath has his MLB Power Rankings.
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- Nashville scored in the late innings to beat Colorado Springs, 5-2.
- Trailing 1-0 going to the ninth inning, Memphis scored six runs and beat Oklahoma City 6-1.
- Stephen Fife and three New Orleans relievers combined to shut out Omaha, 6-0.
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