AND THEN THE HITS CAME >>>
Remember when we predicted the rain delay would cure all of the Rainiers' problems, causing them to win?
Well, we were right. Kind of.
Since our last post, the Rainiers have won two out of their last three. The team's only loss came on a walk-off homerun in the bottom of the twelfth inning against those damned Reno Aces. Even though the Rainiers lost the game, Tacoma's boys of summer scored twelve runs and had fifteen hits. It's not easy to lose a game when you score twelve runs. But twelve runs means the Rainiers are hitting. And they weren't hitting before.
We'll gladly take the credit for that.
-In the loss on Thursday night, the Rainiers and the Aces combined to hit seven homeruns. Six by the Aces, one by Matt Tuiasosopo. We point this out not because it's a bummer the Rainiers only had one homerun, but because it's awesome there were seven homeruns in the game. Dingers are arguably the best part about baseball. To watch seven homeruns in a game is exciting, regardless of which team is hitting them.
But it would have been nice had the Rainiers had more than one of them ...
-In the last three games, the Rainiers have scored twenty nine runs. For comparison purposes, it took the team nine games into the season to score that many runs. The bats are certainly heating up.
-In last night's 9-6 win over the Ace's, David Aardsma came in to pitch 0.2 shutout innings, giving up one hit. This isn't really a noteworthy stat. We only mention it because we love Aardsma's nickname- the D.A. So many opportunities for good baseball-courtroom comparisons.
-As good as the Rainiers have been hitting as of late, the pitchers are giving up more runs now than they were at the beginning of the season. This isn't super worrisome yet because the team has been winning. But bad pitching also means things could turn bad in a hurry. We'll be sure to keep you posted via our half-cocked analysis.
The Rainiers (7-15) face the Reno Aces again tonight at 6:05 p.m. Leftie Chris Seddon squares off against Kevin Mulvey, who is 1-2 with a 15.00 ERA.
A 15.00 ERA is not exactly ace pitcher material. But he pitches for the Aces, so that makes him an ace by default. Right?