Things have gotten wild the last two days in the LOB department – which in baseball parlance stands for Left On Base.
In Saturday’s game, the Rainiers left 14 runners on base – all within the first six innings of the game. That included four different innings in which the bases were loaded when Tacoma made the final out of the inning.
Last night Albuquerque beat Tacoma, 11-4, and it was the polar opposite. Usually when a team scores a lot of runs, they also leave a fair number of runners on base, because to score all of those runs they had to get a lot of hits and put together multiple rallies.
Not last night. Albuquerque did not leave a single runner stranded on base for the entire game. Zero LOB. They hit six homers, which accounted for nine runs and obviously cleared the bases. The other two runs scored on a sacrifice fly, and an RBI single that was followed by a double play grounder.
I’m trying to remember if I have ever seen a game with a team finishing with zero left on base before. John Halama’s perfect game in 2001 – that definitely had zero left on base! Maybe in a low-hit shutout or a no-hitter that wasn’t a perfect game. But a team scoring 11 runs and leaving no runners on base is mind-boggling.
Sorry for being even more baseball-nerdy than usual today, but this was really weird.
YESTERDAY: Albuquerque powered six home runs and walloped the Rainiers, 11-4. Both Connor Joe and Wynton Bernard hit two homers for the ‘Topes. Trailing 6-0 after seven innings, Tacoma scored four runs in the top of the eighth to briefly get back into the game before Albuquerque responded with five runs in the bottom of the inning. Jose Marmolejos doubled and homered for the Rainiers.
TODAY: Tacoma (24-20) at Albuquerque (15-31), 5:35 PT.
OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Colorado Rockies.
OPPOSING MANAGER: Warren Schaeffer.
SEASON SERIES: Tied, 2-2.
PITCHERS: RHP Logan Verrett (2-2, 5.27) at RHP Dereck Rodriguez (1-2, 9.33)
After two straight bullpen days the Rainiers get to use a proper starting pitcher tonight in Verrett. Dereck Rodriguez is Pudge‘s kid and a former major league starter for the Giants.
ROSTER MOVES: Tacoma added Fred Villarreal from Advanced-A Everett prior to yesterday’s game, and he pitched three innings. Look for injured Seattle Mariners reliever Erik Swanson to pitch on a rehabilitation assignment for Tacoma today.
HOT HITTERS: Jarred Kelenic has gone 7-for-16 with two homers and seven RBI during the first four games of the Albuquerque series… Cal Raleigh has hit safely in 33 of 37 games played this season, and he had a 23-game hitting streak… Jose Godoy has a four-game hitting streak… Jack Reinheimer has hit safely in six of his last seven games, going 10-for-26 with four doubles and two homers.
OPPONENT NEWS: Rio Ruiz has 25 hits during a 15-game hitting streak… ex-Rainiers infielder Taylor Motter has hit safely in seven of his last nine games, and Tacoma has walked him six times in this series… Greg Bird has a seven-game hitting streak… the Isotopes just signed former Rainiers infielder Kelby Tomlinson.
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- The News Tribune has its weekly Mariners Takeaways.
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