James Paxton had perhaps had his best out of the season for the Rainiers, pitching five innings and giving up one run on two hits while striking out nine hitters and walking just one. Tacoma managed to hang on to win its ninth game in the row, despite a late rally by Reno. Carlos Triunfel had three more hits for Tacoma.
Class A High Desert picked up a 9-7 win over Lancaster. Ji-Man Choi went 3-for-5 with a double and a homer.
Rain cancelled games for Jackson and Clinton.
New manager, same result. The Tacoma Rainiers keep on rolling no matter who is leading them. Carlos Triunfel hit a three run homer (above) and Eric Thames also homered in manager John Stearns’ debut - an 8-0 win..
TNT columnist John McGrath wrote about the changes yesterday as only he can, giving people a little glimpse into who Stearns is …
There are easier tasks than memorizing three different sets of baseball signs in five days, but Stearns is used to the challenges of a here-today, we’ll-clue-you-in-tomorrow occupation.
“I’m a rover,” Stearns said, efficiently
Mariners infield prospect Carlos Triunful hit for the cycle … in five innings. That’s pretty impressive. Todd Milles did a great job of covering the game for the TNT and even talked to Triunfel. The comments about hitting the ball to right field are encouraging.
Class A High Desert was down by as much as seven, and then rallied, but came up short
Here’s the line-up for today’s game against the Angels. It will be a big day for Jeremy Bonderman as he is scheduled to pitch four innings. People have mentioned on Twitter about Franklin Gutierrez’s absence in the lineup the past few days. He last played on March 9. We talked to Gutierrez, who said he has some stiffness in his legs. The Mariners decided to give him a break from games, but he’s still been at the complex every day taking BP and doing his normal work.
The Mariners get to see Josh …