COLORADO SPRINGS — The Tacoma Rainiers’ offensive uprising stunned everybody – even manager John Stearns.
“I’ve never seen so many hits, so many runs scored, in my 40 years in the game,” Stearns said. “This is a nutty game.”
Tacoma had 30 hits in a 25-6 win over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox on Wednesday. The 30 hits and 25 runs are both Tacoma Rainiers-era records, dating to 1995.
The Rainiers sent 11 batters to the plate in the top of the first inning, scoring six runs. They also batted around during a five-run fifth inning, and did it again in a seven-run sixth inning.
Tacoma scored in each of the first six innings, building a 25-1 lead.
“Everybody was hitting the ball where they weren’t standing,” Stearns said. “Everybody hit. It was an incredible game. We wish we could score like that every night.”
Center fielder Abraham Almonte went 6-for-6 in the No. 9 slot in the batting order. All six hits were singles as he became the first Tacoma player to collect six hits in a game since Jerry Owens in 2009.
Dustin Ackley had eight plate appearances in the leadoff spot. He went 5-for-6 with two walks, a homer, four runs scored, and three RBI. His two-run homer to right-center in the third inning made it 11-1.
Eric Thames and Brad Miller each drove in six runs. Miller’s three-run homer in the sixth inning was his first at the Triple-A level, and it gave Tacoma a 21-1 lead.
Third baseman Nate Tenbrink had four hits with two doubles and a home run. He scored four runs and drove in four more.
Those are just the players who really filled up the box score. Every member of the Tacoma starting lineup had at least two hits.
Colorado Springs starter Chris Volstad took the brunt of the damage, allowing 11 runs in 2 1/3 innings. Volstad has started 123 major league games over the past five years.
Andrew Carraway lasted six innings for Tacoma, giving up two runs to earn the win. Carraway (6-1) moved into a tie for the Pacific Coast League lead in victories while delivering his seventh quality start (at least six innings pitched and no more three earned runs) in his past eight outings.
The Rainiers have adjusted the starting rotation. James Paxton was scratched from his scheduled start Thursday due to a minor knee problem. Blake Beavan will start Friday, and Jeremy Bonderman is currently listed to start Saturday on three days rest. Brandon Maurer is scheduled to make his Tacoma Rainiers debut Monday.
The series continues Thursday with a 6:05 p.m. (PDT) game. Tacoma starts Jonathan Arias (0-0, 9.45 ERA) against Corey Riordan (3-1, 5.60) of Colorado Springs.
Mike Curto is the radio broadcaster for the Rainiers.