Rainiers Game Thread, Somebody Get a Hit Edition

marc w · April 21, 2012 at 6:07 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

I’m not trying to take anything away from Philip Humber, who pitched an exceptional game (14 swinging strikes, including 7 on 29 curves) and can’t be blamed for the line-up Wedge threw at him, but today’s M’s matinee didn’t look like history in the making. It looked like a collaborative effort – a pitcher with good command, and an opponent committed to chasing every out-of-zone breaking ball. It’s a great story- Humber was designated for assignment by Oakland in January of 2011 (when they signed Guillermo Moscoso), but I’m ready to see some offense. As the M’s don’t face the A’s in a while, we’ll need to look to the minors.

The Rainiers return home tonight to begin a series against Fresno. Mike Carp made his return to the OF last night in Sacramento, and Vinnie Catricala knocked in a run in his hometown. But both Carp and Catricala are mired in slumps, and both get the day off tonight. Carp’s 4-30 with 2 walks and a HBP, while Catricala is 11-62, and the pair have 3 XBH (all doubles) between them. This isn’t exactly playing Miguel Olivo at DH against a righty, but this line-up is a little different. I’d hoped the Rainiers would get new signee Chris Pettit, but the team’s sent him to AA Jackson instead, and the Rainiers get more Johan Limonta in left.

The Rainiers’ line-up looks like this:
1: Trayvon Robinson (CF)
2: Chih-Hsien Chang (RF)
3: Carlos Triunfel (SS)
4: Luis Jimenez (DH)
5: Guillermo Quiroz (C)
6: Johan Limonta (LF)
7: Luis Rodriguez (2B)
8: Scott Savastano (1B)
9: Leury Bonilla (3B)
SP: Jeff Marquez

If you want a better chance for runs, check out High Desert’s game at 7. They’ve got three of the top hitters in the Cal league in Brad Miller, Steven Proscia and Jack Marder and play in the most extreme hitters park in affiliated pro baseball. Check for a gameday link here around 7.

My prediction for a good pitcher’s dual in Jackson today looks about as good as my prediction that today’s M’s game “can’t be worse than yesterday’s game.” James Paxton didn’t make it out of the 3rd inning, giving up 7 hits and 5 walks in only 2 1/3. He struck out only one batter. About as ugly as Justin Smoak’s at-bats today.

C’mon, Rainiers. Score. Do something interesting.


12 Responses to “Rainiers Game Thread, Somebody Get a Hit Edition”

  1. terryoftacoma on April 21st, 2012 6:26 pm

    I could walk and see this game(and sometimes do) but not tonight. It’s BBQ time.

  2. marc w on April 21st, 2012 7:26 pm

    Jeff Marquez is getting rocked here in the 1st, and the 1B cameraman’s been felled by a line drive to the head. Paramedics are taking a look at him in the R’s dugout. It’s just not our day, M’s fans.

  3. marc w on April 21st, 2012 7:30 pm

    (Grizzlies dugout, not Rainiers dugout).

  4. Jay Yencich on April 21st, 2012 9:30 pm

    Tacoma’s getting one-hit.

    Maybe I should post the gamethread tomorrow.

  5. henryv on April 21st, 2012 11:28 pm

    This has to be an all-time low in MLB/AAA history. Has a team’s AAA affiliate and MLB team both been no-hit on the same day?

  6. josephvalentino on April 21st, 2012 11:34 pm

    Having read a lot of posts recently where a lot of people seem frustrated with Brendan Ryan (I’m not one of them cause I like the guy but liking a player and that player being good are two different things) do people think ryans replacement is truinfel or Lrod? Or is it Kawasaki or someone else entirely?

  7. Westside guy on April 22nd, 2012 12:54 am

    In my opinion, people need to quit evaluating a guy like Brendan Ryan based on his bat. He may be the best defensive shortstop in baseball right now. Sure, we’d love it if he also could hit worth a darn; but he is what he is.

    On a side note – the Rainiers were infinitely better than the Mariners today. Or is that “undefined better”? Don’t remember if dividing a number by zero is infinity or undefined. 😀

  8. greentunic on April 22nd, 2012 1:06 am

    Undeined, but only because I once told a teacher in 7th grade that “shouldn’t it be infinity?”

    She just said “no…”

    Haha, It’s enought to drive one insane but multiplying zero by infinity STILL doesn’t get you to any non-zero number.

    I don’t think you really cared to hear a response, but there it is.

  9. josephvalentino on April 22nd, 2012 1:34 am

    Yeah I think Brendan isn’t just a top notch defender but one of the team leaders. I just asked because the fan base seems to be asking for heads to roll lately. Although I completely agree with the olivo comments. Free jaso.

  10. nvn8vbryce on April 22nd, 2012 7:00 am

    12-0 Fresno, 1 hit for Tacoma. You’ve gotta love loathe these guys for their expert hitting skills…

  11. henryv on April 22nd, 2012 9:11 am

    Brendan Ryan also has to be evaluated for his post-game interviews. Were in not for Brendan Ryan’s humor, this team would be even more unwatchable. Seriously. Imagine every single game ending with a Dustin Ackley or Miguel Olivo interview.

  12. Kyle in Illinois on April 22nd, 2012 10:53 am

    Brendan Ryan’s offense looks so bad (and, conversely his defensive value doesn’t seem good) because no one on this team can hit. If Ryan played SS for the Rangers, no one would care.

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