Sunday means its time to review the last week of Tacoma Rainiers blog posts. Hit it, boys!
We started things off with my preview of the trip to Albuquerque, in which I got to call them flat-earthers because they removed the hill from center field at Isotopes Park.
The first game was a mega-slugfest, which lived up to the reputation of mile-high Albuquerque.
And then the opposite occurred, a true pitcher’s duel on Wednesday night with Tacoma’s new guy Nick Davila tossing a gem.
Thursday’s game was kind of a dud, so I took the opportunity to plug El Paso Chihuahuas broadcaster Tim Haggerty’s fun new book.
Then we had a rainout on Friday necessitating Saturday’s doubleheader, which was a split.
Today’s game marks the end of the road trip. The Rainiers return home for a whopping 12-game homestand which starts with a day game on Tuesday at 11:35. Our next blog post will go up sometime that morning.
YESTERDAY: Tacoma and Albuquerque split a doubleheader, making up Friday’s rainout. Albuquerque won the first game 6-1 as rehabilitating Colorado Rockies pitcher Dinelson Lamet tossed four perfect innings. Tacoma won the night-cap, 6-3, after falling behind 3-0 in the second inning. Brian O’Keefe was 3-for-4 with the go-ahead two-run double during a four-run rally in the top of the fifth inning. The Rainiers had shutout relief the entire twinbill, with Rob Kaminsky, Taylor Williams, Riley O’Brien, and Matt Festa pitching scoreless ball.
TODAY: Tacoma Rainiers (20-24) at Albuquerque Isotopes (19-25), 12:35 (Pacific).
OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Colorado Rockies.
OPPOSING MANAGER: Pedro Lopez.
SEASON SERIES: Albuquerque leads, 3-2.
PITCHERS: RHP Darren McCaughan (2-2, 8.91) at LHP Ben Braymer (0-0, 0.00)
This is Braymer’s Albuquerque debut, they just signed him from the independent High Point Rockers of the Atlantic League. He pitched for Fresno in 2019 when they were in the PCL.
ROSTER MOVES: None today as of blog posting time. Our last roster move was May 5 – this has got to be a record in the Dipoto era.
HOT HITTERS: Zach DeLoach has an eight-game hitting streak, going 11-for-29 during the stretch… Cooper Hummel has hit safely in five straight games… Mike Ford has 46 RBI, which still leads all of minor league baseball despite Ford having just one RBI in his last 11 games… Mason McCoy has homered twice during the Albuquerque series.
OPPONENT NEWS: Albuquerque just went 2-4 in a six-gamer at Las Vegas… after starting the season 10-6, and ‘Topes have lost 19 of 27… Nolan Jones has been one of the top hitters in the PCL this year, batting.360 with 12 home runs and 41 RBI… an Albuquerque returnee from 2022, Coco Montes is batting .330 with 37 RBI… Gig Harbor product Michael Toglia went and got himself called up to the big leagues the day before the series against his hometown team, so congrats to him… former Rainiers lefty Fernando Abad was also called up Monday, but the Isotopes do still have ex-Rainiers from last season Matt Koch and Phillips Valdez, plus another former Rainiers reliever Matt Carasiti.
BROADCAST: All games will be broadcast free on a live audio stream which is available right here.
Unfortunately, there is no traditional terrestrial radio station carrying the games at this time.
PCL SCOREBOARD: Follow all league games in real-time with links to broadcasts and Gameday screens right here.
- The Albuquerque Journal has a recap of the doubleheader.
- Starter Logan Gilbert made a quick in-game adjustment and pitched the Mariners to a win at Atlanta.
- Great story alert: Cal Raleigh has a 13-year-old brother that looks just like him, and he went to go see him play yesterday before the Mariners game at Atlanta.
- In today’s Fangraphs notes column we learn that former Rainiers outfielder Guillermo Heredia is hitting .345 in Korea.