Video: Dusin Ackley’s two-run homer
The PCL has always been a hitter friendly league. And Colorado Springs with its mile-high elevation and lack of a humidor for the baseballs has also been a hitter friendly park. But what the Tacoma Rainiers did last night bordered on the absurd in a 25-6 win over the Colorado Spring Sky Sox.
Look at the box score …
Mike Curto – the voice of the Rainiers – has the game story for the TNT, and it’s quite amusing to read.
From his story ….
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.
Video: Brad Miller’s three-run homer
Video: The first of Abe Almonte’s six hits.