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From 37 to 1 – Rainiers Win Anyway

Booth, Justice and the American Pastime

Well, that was different.

After scoring 37 runs over three games – the team’s largest three-game output since a 2013 series at Colorado Springs – Tacoma managed just one run on Thursday night against Albuquerque.

And it was enough to win.

The Rainiers did not get a hit after Kirk Nieuwenhuis‘s leadoff home run in the second inning, but that lone run was enough for a rare 1-0 victory.

Max Povse, Mike Morin, Ryan Garton, and Erik Goeddel combined to pitch a six-hitter for the Rainiers third shutout of the season.

Albuquerque had impressive pitching of its own, coming from rehabilitating starter Jeff Hoffman and reliever Chris Jensen. Just one pitch doomed them: Hoffman’s fastball to Nieuwenhuis in the second inning, which was launched 426 feet onto the Foss High School hill that leads up to the tennis courts.

The start by Povse was particularly…

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Big Innings Lead To Big Wins

Booth, Justice and the American Pastime

The Rainiers have been masters of the big inning early in the season, and it is leading them to victories.

Six times in just 13 games the Rainiers have scored five-or-more runs in a single inning. They did it again last night, plating five runs in the fifth inning of a 14-2 win.

My theory is that all of these walks the Rainiers hitters are drawing increases the possibility of a big inning. Tacoma leads the league in walks drawn, and the walks tend to be clustered together. When you get a couple of walks in the same inning it makes it so you need fewer hits for a big inning to develop.

We’ll see if the trend continues as we move into the year.

The Rainiers have won the first two games of the Albuquerque series, and can lock up a series victory with a win tonight.


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Rainiers Open Homestand With Win

Booth, Justice and the American Pastime

Tacoma took the opener of the seven-game homestand on Tuesday night, 8-2 over visiting Albuquerque.

It was a tight game until the eighth inning. Erasmo Ramirez made a strong rehabilitation start, positioning himself for a possible return to the major leagues this weekend. But Tacoma’s offense couldn’t do much for the first seven innings.

With the score tied 2-2 going to the bottom of the eighth, it was looking like we were in store for a tense finish. Instead, the Rainiers scored six runs in the bottom of the eighth inning and blew the game wide open.

Casey Lawrence was the winning pitcher in his return to the Rainiers, delivering two scoreless innings from the bullpen. Look for Lawrence to join the Rainiers starting rotation next time around.

The Rainiers will try to make it three straight wins tonight.


YESTERDAY: Tacoma snapped a 2-2 tie by scoring six…

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