Wait A Minute – Fresno Is Still In The League?

We got up before the crack of dawn and flew to Fresno today. After a two-hour nap – one hour in a lobby chair waiting for my room to be ready, and another hour in bed – I realized how weird this is.

It’s July 27, the Rainiers have played 102 games, and today we play our first game in Fresno this season. This is a city the Rainiers visit twice each year; it’s weird to have our first visit so late in the season. Tacoma closes the season here over Labor Day weekend.

The Rainiers are coming into Fresno hot. The team has won five of its last six games, and the Rainiers 58-44 record is the best in the PCL.

Sunday Tacoma beat Sacramento 5-4 in ten innings. Matt Mangini led off the tenth with a double to right, he took third on a passed ball, and scored on Mike Wilson’s long single over the center fielder’s head.

Mangini and Mike Carp are streaking. Carp has a 16-game hitting streak, during which he has batted .344 (21-for-61). Mangini has a 15-game streak, and he’s hit .389 during his (21-for-54). The franchise record is 26-games, set by Rex Johnston in 1965 and tied by Chad Akers in 1999.

The Rainiers made a roster move today, releasing veteran relief pitcher Joe Nelson and activating Mumba Rivera from the disabled list.

Tonight’s game is at 7:05 in Fresno. The Rainiers will start LHP Luke French (11-3, 2.94) RHP Yusmeiro Petit (2-2, 5.91) against Fresno RHP Henry Sosa (6-2, 3.11). The broadcast will be live on 850 AM and streaming via www.tacomarainiers.com.

Some links:

  • Ryan Divish got demoted to Triple-A, so he wrote the Rainiers game story for The News Tribune. He focused on Mike Wilson.
  • The M’s still might make a trade before Saturday’s 1:00 Pacific deadline. Or maybe they won’t.
  • Geoff Baker wrote a Long Geoff Baker Post about a rumored rift between the Mariners front office and field staff. My take: everyone is always bitter when the team is losing.
  • Larry Stone ranked the Top Five Most Disappointing Mariners Teams In Franchise History.
  • Here is part one of a two-part feature on longtime Rainiers pitching coach Dwight Bernard, who was assigned to Class-A Clinton this year.
  • This Baseball America prospect round-up talks about M’s farmhand Kyle Seager and his 31-game hitting streak at High Desert.
  • I don’t know what in the world is going on with Prentice Redman, but this is just completely unexpected. I hope he gets it together.
  • In the PCL, Salt Lake remained seven games behind Tacoma by beating Colorado Springs last night, 6-1. Sky Sox pitcher Nick Bierbrodt got tired of giving up home runs, so he started throwing at people. Salt Lake has won seven of nine.
  • Here’s the latest on Fresno, who has lost six of eight. The Grizz are still tied in first with Sacramento.
  • New Orleans first baseman Logan Morrison got called up by the Marlins. He’s replacing Chris Coghlan, who got injured in a shaving cream pie incident. Really.
  • The playing surface in Las Vegas is in terrible shape, but the players just have to deal with it.
  • A pair of rehabbers pitched yesterday in the American Conference: Kyle Lohse was good; ex-Rainier Gil Meche was not good.

One thing I’m looking forward to in Fresno: seeing this thing, the only mascot in the PCL that actually makes me laugh – and he does it almost every game.

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8 Responses to Wait A Minute – Fresno Is Still In The League?

  1. Michael says:

    thought mike
    Do you think mike sweeney going to be with team this weekend?

  2. Rainierfan says:

    I noticed that Jose Castro has not been coaching first base the last couple of games. Who has been filling in for him? It looks like Brent Johnson but, isn’t he still playing in the organization.

    • Mike Curto says:

      Castro is in Miami on family business for a few more days. It is indeed Brent Johnson who is filling in, Brent retired as a player after the 2009 season and the Mariners offered him a minor league coaching job. He’s been assisting at the Peoria, Arizona camp.

  3. Michael says:

    thanks mike
    you keep in touch with some of guys from year past?

    http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/documents/2009/10/22/7527744/1/AllTimeRoster_09.pdf

    I was wondering if you could possiblity know what some of past players are up too that has came threw Tacoma Rainers? If you have time to do that sort of blog thing to up date what the past players who came threw…

  4. Michael says:

    Is their reason why Luke French wasn’t starting? Getting called up?

  5. Rainierfan says:

    With Luke French getting called up, who will be taking Luke’s spot on Tacoma’s roster?

  6. Michael says:

    my guess is someone get called up from Double A or a releiver that been with rainers this season like wes littleton or someone who veteran in minors.

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