Back Home After Split In Sacto

The Rainiers are back home at Cheney Stadium on Saturday night, hosting the Fresno Grizzlies in the opening game of a super-quick four-game homestand.

This home series is the “island” in the middle of the Rainiers biggest road stretch of the year: 19 of 23 games away from Cheney Stadium.

Tacoma ended up going 3-5 on the first leg of this road stretch. The Rainiers dropped three of four in Fresno, but were able to get a split in Sacramento due to some incredible pitching in the middle games of the series.

The Rainiers had a chance to win the series in Sacramento and get a split on the trip – but they lost the final game on Friday night, 7-4.

Sacramento scored six runs over the first three innings, building a 6-2 lead. Tacoma chipped away, notching a pair of one-run innings (including a long home run from Trayvon Robinson), but they couldn’t come all the way back.

Tonight’s series opener is at 7:05 at Cheney Stadium, and the weather is supposed to be nice. If you can’t make it to the park, tune in on 850 AM in and around Tacoma, or listen via the online stream. Tacoma starts RHP Jeff Marquez (1-0, 6.00) against Fresno LHP Brian Burres (0-1, 4.76).

Saturday before the game we – and by we, I mean our community – are formally dedicating the street that goes into Cheney Stadium as Clay Huntington Way. There will be a ceremony at Heidelberg Park starting at 5:30, with various speakers talking about Clay and the impact he had on athletics and life in Pierce County. It’s open to the public, so swing by if you would like to.

This is a totally awesome thing, and I’d like to point out that the Tacoma Athletic Commission – which was founded by Clay – led the charge to get the street name changed.

Because I am flying home with the team in the morning, and I’m in the lineup at the Clay Way event, I didn’t have time to get to all of the links. Here’s what I could get late on Friday night:

  • The Rainiers game story is up early on The News Tribune’s site.
  • The Mariners and Rainiers are sort of following the same pattern of games these days – they fell behind early and lost, too.
  • My compliments to whoever wrote the headline of the Mariners game story at The News Tribune.
  • Earlier Friday I enjoyed reading this humorous piece ranking the 30 Major League managers based upon their likelihood of knowing anything about Coachella. Too bad Daren Brown doesn’t qualify for a ranking – he would place about 15th, because I think he knows it exists, but he would tell all of the attendees to “just grow up.”*

Sorry for the short blog – I should be up early on Sunday to get to all of the Sunday links.

* While his last concert was probably Poison in 1988, Brown is knowledgeable about technology – if he was forced to attend Coachella and saw the Tupac Hologram, he would immediately arrange to get a 1995 Tacoma Rainiers Alex Rodriguez Hologram to play shortstop.

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