Today’s minor-league report is a humdinger, with news of a 30-hit Tacoma attack in a 25-6 win at Colorado Springs. Granted, the altitude can turn that park into the equivalent of what Coors Field used to be, pre-humidor, but still…30 hits are 30 hits. Feast your eyes upon the box score:
Here’s the game account by Mike Curto, who also broadcast the contest and probably has a sore throat (to go along with the sore shoulder of manager/third-base coach John Stearns from waving all those runners home).
“I’ve never seen so many hits, so many runs scored, in my 40 years in the game,” Stearns told Curto. “This is a nutty game.”
The highlights included a 5-for-6 effort from Dustin Ackley in his second game since going down to Triple-A, which included one of their three homers; a 6-for-6 night from outfielder Abraham Almonte, acquired from the Yankees in February in a trade for Shawn Kelly (and now hitting .515 — 17-for-33 for Tacoma, since coming up from Jackson); six RBIs for both Brad Miller, recently called up from Jackson, and Eric Thames; and, well, look at the box. There are offensive exploits at every turn.
Here are some highlights culled by Kelly Munro of the Mariners:
Tacoma collected the franchise’s most hits and runs scored in a single game since the Rainiers era began in 1995. The hits and runs totals topped the previous high of 21 runs scored and 25 hits collected by Tacoma on June 28, 2004 at Sacramento. The Rainiers recorded 5-or-more runs in 3 different innings, including a 6-run frame that got things started in the top of the first. Tacoma’s lead grew to as large as 25-1 after posting a season-high 7 runs in the 7th.
Four Rainiers recorded at least 4 hits, and a total of 9 players turned in multi-hit outings. CF Abraham Almonte
(6×6, 4 R, 2 RBI, BB) recorded 6 singles and became the first Rainiers player to collect 6 hits in a single game since Jerry Owens in 2005. 2B Dustin Ackley (5×6, 4 R, HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB) reached base in 7 of 8 plate appearances, while LF/RF Eric Thames (4×7, R, 2B, 2 RBI) and 3B Nate Tenbrink (4×6, 4 R, 2 2B, HR, 4 RBI, BB) each recorded 4 hits and reached base safely 5 times.
Thames joined SS Brad Miller (3×7, 3 R, 2B, HR, 6 RBI) driving in a team-high 6 runs. Miller hit his first Triple-A home run with a 3-run blast in the 6th inning. Starter Andrew Carraway (6.0,6,2,2,3,4,HR) recorded his 6th win of the season, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits in 6.0 innings. RH Jhonny Nunez (2.0,4,2,2,2,1,HR) and LH Lucas Luetge (1.0,1,2,1,1,1) each were charged with a runs in relief.
Tacoma currently owns a 1.5 game lead over the Sky Sox for first place in the Pacific Coast League Pacific Northern Division standings.