Carlos Triunfel showed the talents Monday night that have tantalized the Seattle Mariners ever since they signed him as a 16-year-old out of the Dominican Republic in 2006.
The only problem is that he did it as a member of the Albuquerque Isotopes.
Triunfel lined a go-ahead grand slam off former teammate Taijuan Walker and made several nice defensive plays at shortstop as Albuquerque smoked the Rainiers, 12-5.
Batting with the score tied 1-1 and the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the second inning, Triunfel launched a Walker fastball over the bullpen in left field for his third home run — and first grand slam — of the season.
It was the only hit of the game for Triunfel, who was claimed off waivers by the Dodgers from the Mariners during spring training.
He’s batting .234 with 33 runs batted in for Albuquerque.
The grand slam was just one problem for Walker, who matched a career high by allowing eight runs.
Walker gave up eight hits and was knocked out with one out in the third inning.
“It happens — it was awful command, and when he did get the ball over the plate it was out over the plate and it got hit,” Tacoma manager Roy Howell said. “He just couldn’t hit his spots at all.”
Walker (4-3) took the loss, and saw his ERA climb from 4.14 to 5.44 in one outing.
It was only the second time in 10 games that Tacoma’s starting pitcher allowed more than three runs.
Albuquerque starter Drew Carpenter allowed just one ball to be hit in the air over the first four inning before Tacoma got to him for a couple of runs in the fifth.
Leury Bonilla hit a long two-run double to left-center, briefly cutting the Rainiers’ deficit to 8-3.
Tacoma relievers Blake Beavan, Lucas Luetge and Logan Bawcom had trouble shutting down the Isotopes. Each Tacoma reliever surrendered a home run.
Isotopes top prospect and ear-biting victim Alex Guerrero hit his first home run since being activated from the disabled list when he connected on a two-run shot to left against Beavan.
Guerrero was out from May 21 to July 26 with what was officially termed a “lacerated left ear.”
Guerrero’s ear was bitten by then-teammate Miguel Olivo, a former Mariner, during an in-game dugout brawl at Salt Lake on May 20.
The road trip ends with a 6:05 p.m. (PDT) game on Tuesday night in Albuquerque. Tacoma is scheduled to start Jordan Pries (8-6, 3.79 ERA) against Albuquerque’s Zach Lee (6-10, 5.22).
Mike Curto is the radio broadtcaster for the Tacoma Rainiers.