Tacoma ran into a pitcher on top of his game last night, and that’s always an unfortunate event.
Albuquerque’s Ryan Carpenter turned in one of the top performances of the PCL season, delivering eight innings of three-hit ball in the Isotopes 4-1 win.
Carpenter allowed two singles and a solo homer. That was it. He didn’t walk anybody, and he tied his career high with 11 strikeouts.
Tacoma’s lone run came on a solo homer by Leonys Martin in the sixth inning.
Solo homers have been the story for the Rainiers offense during the first two games of the Albuquerque series. Tacoma has scored four runs over the last two games, and all of them have scored on solo homers.
Hopefully the Rainiers will hit some homers with runners on base today!
Yesterday: Ryan Carpenter shut down the Rainiers for eight innings, and Tacoma’s Chase De Jong pitched well but took a tough loss in Albuquerque’s 4-1 victory.
Today: Albuquerque (40-41) at Tacoma (41-39), 1:35.
Opponent Affiliation: Colorado Rockies.
Season Series: Tied, 4-4.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Matt Flemer (2-6, 7.18) at RHP Cody Martin (0-0, 4.96).
Hot Rainiers: Andrew Aplin has an eight-game hitting streak, and he is 14-for-40 with 11 RBI over his last 15 games… Leonys Martin hit .327 with five homers in June, and he has been successful in his last 16 stolen base attempts… Danny Muno has a five-game hitting streak.
Look Out For: Infielder Ryan McMahon has been the big story for the Isotopes, batting .413 in 28 games since being promoted from Double-A Hartford. He’s had four games of four-or-more hits, and he had back-to-back two-homer games against Fresno, June 15-16.
Ex-Rainiers and Local Guys: Albuquerque doesn’t have any – unless you want to count Ryan Carpenter, who was born and raised in Arizona but played college baseball at Gonzaga.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 1:20 on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here. It’s a Sunday home game, so Bob Robertson joins me on the broadcast.
PCL Scoreboard: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.
- John McGrath has a column on how the upcoming Triple-A All-Star Game can help Tacoma shine.
- The News Tribune has a feature on Rainiers reliever Emilio Pagan.
- The Mariners had a bad night in Anaheim, and have lost five of the last six games. Three takeaways from the game.
- Larry Stone writes that the Mariners need to make moves to beef up the pitching staff if they are going to contend.
- Ryan Divish made his all-star predictions.
PCL Game Reports:
- Fresno made it nine wins in a row by beating Sacramento, 8-1.
- Salt Lake’s John Lamb returned from a suspension and pitched the Bees to a 6-3 win over Las Vegas.
- Reno at El Paso was rained out last night, and they’ll try to play two tonight.
- It took seven games for Omaha to earn its first win of the Nine Game Mega Series against Colorado Springs, with Ryan O’Hearn launching a walk-off homer. The Colorado Springs paper has an interesting feature on infielder Mauricio Dubon, who moved from Honduras to Sacramento at age 15.
- Memphis had a strong start from Zac Gallen and beat New Orleans, 5-1. The Redbirds have reached 50 wins quicker than any team in franchise history.
- Iowa picked up two wins against Round Rock, finishing a suspended game from June 25 before earning a 5-2 victory in the regularly scheduled game. Kyle Schwarber homered twice in the second game, and there are similarities between him and Anthony Rizzo.
- Rehabilitating Oakland A’s shortstop Marcus Semien hit a walk-off two-run double to give Nashville a 5-4 win over Oklahoma City.