Tacoma Rainiers / PCL HEADLINES
A day after registering his team-high fourth four-hit game this season, Nate Tenbrink smacked a trio of singles, leading Tacoma to its third consecutive victory with a 5-2 win over visiting Colorado Springs.
One is the teams top power hitter. The other strikes out more than a batter per inning. And that is why the Pacific Coast League-leading Tacoma Rainiers are sending slugger Carlos Peguero and reliever Brian Moran to the Triple-A All-Star Game.
On Thursday, Tacoma Rainiers manager John Stearns reveled in the news that shortstop Brad Miller was headed to the big leagues. But on Friday, Stearns faced the implications of filling out a lineup without Miller. Or Nick Franklin. Or Dustin Ackley. Or Mike Zunino.
After two months away, Danny Hultzens return to the mound for the Tacoma Rainiers could hardly have gone better. The top-tier Seattle Mariners prospect threw six shutout innings in leading the Rainiers to a 2-0 win over the Las Vegas 51s on Thursday at Cheney Stadium.
The Colorado Springs Sky Sox lead all of professional baseball in hitting triples, as the Rainiers were reminded in an 8-3 loss Friday night.
The Colorado Springs Sky Sox starting lineup is heavily left-handed. They started six left-handed hitters and had another one on the bench Thursday night.
The Tacoma Rainiers batted Dustin Ackley, Alex Liddi, and Carlos Peguero in the 3-4-5 spots in the lineup Wednesday afternoon. The trio combined for eight hits, nine runs, and nine RBI as the Rainiers blew out the Sky Sox, 16-4.
Two different Sacramento outfielders lost track of two consecutive fly balls in the twilight sky, letting routine outs fall in for doubles. The plays resulted in two crucial runs as the Rainiers claimed a 6-4 victory at Raley Field in the opener of a four-game series Friday night.
Dollar Beer Night served as the perfect backdrop Thursday for a going-away party for 51s right-hander Zack Wheeler, the Mets top pitching prospect who is expected to make his major league debut for New York on Tuesday in Atlanta.
The diagnosis on Dustin Ackley is his problem at the plate isnt mechanical, its mental. The Seattle Mariners drafted Ackley No. 2 in 2009, right behind Washington Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg, because hes a hitter evidenced by a record-setting career at the University of North Carolina.
Stefen Romero finished a triple shy of the cycle on Wednesday night in Las Vegas. That was about the only thing that didnt go the Tacoma Rainiers way in their 12-5 rout of the Las Vegas 51s at Cashman Field.
Brandon Maurer recorded another solid outing, allowing only one earned run for the second time in two starts since his May 29 demotion to the Tacoma Rainiers from Seattle.
The Las Vegas 51s backed Zack Wheelers shortened performance with three home runs to defeat the Tacoma Rainiers, 12-5, in Pacific Coast League action before a crowd of 6,147 at Cheney Stadium on Friday.
Every pitcher has a nemesis or two. For Andrew Carraway of the Tacoma Rainiers, one of those continues to be the hard-hitting Sacramento River Cats catcher Luke Montz.
The Tacoma catcher Mike Zunino homered off an old college rival, and homered again with two outs in the ninth inning to give the Rainiers a 6-5 win over division rival Colorado Springs on Friday night.
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