Rainiers Game Thread, Somebody Get a Hit Edition
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.