I gotta admit it, I’m no Ernie Banks.
I’m not a big fan of the doubleheader, even though I get to work four fewer innings than I would with two single games (minor league doubleheaders are composed of two seven-inning games).
The seven-inning games aren’t bad – they’re actually a fun change-of-pace, because the strategy changes and things start getting interesting in the fourth inning. It’s just a lot of talking for me - at least 14 innings, and these doubleheader games tend to go to extras (especially on a getaway day like today).
Plus, you don’t get a day off on the previous day when the game was rained out. Yesterday I still spent the day preparing for the broadcast, and then spent five hours at the ballpark before going back to the hotel, having accomplished nothing. I’d rather just play the scheduled game and move forward.
The one exception is when the weather and the forecast is so bad that you know the rainout is coming hours ahead of time, and they officially cancel the game before the gates even open. A few years ago we had a home game cancelled so early, I actually got a phone call at home telling me not to come in. Now that’s a day off!
Anyway, enough rambling. We’re playing two today, with the twinbill starting at 11:05 AM Pacific time. You can hear the broadcast on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Jeff Marquez (3-3, 5.62) against Omaha RHP Vin Mazzaro (1-0, 4.97) in the first game. The second game will be LHP Anthony Vasquez (4-2, 5.22) against Omaha RHP Sean O’Sullivan (3-2, 6.91).
- Here’s my weekly Minor League Notebook from The News Tribune, in which I wrote about Trevor Bauer‘s electrifying Triple-A debut and the surge of prospects being promoted to Triple-A. They separated out my note on Danny Hultzen.
- The Mariners pounded – pounded! – the Rockies and are going for a sweep today.
- Larry Stone’s Sunday baseball package in the Seattle Times includes a story about the Mariners in the upcoming draft, a notebook that leads with a potential rift in the Angels organization over the firing of Mike Scoscia’s buddy Mickey Hatcher, power rankings, and thumbs.
- Nice piece from Jason Churchill on Mariners Double-A centerfielder Denny Almonte. The lesson to be learned here is simple: sometimes, young players put in the hard work and it pays off with a vastly improved performance.
- John McGrath wrote a column on Kerry Wood. I’m one of many who remember watching that 20-strikeout game.
- In the PCL, Sacramento’s Manny Ramirez was booed in Albuquerque while going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. More on Manny here.
- Colorado Springs remains atop the North after beating New Orleans in the ninth on a throwing error.
- Reno whacked Oklahoma City, 14-9.
- Salt Lake had good pitching and defense in a 6-1 win at Iowa.
- America’s Most Boring Headline Writer is back on the job at the Austin newspaper – this time getting the score wrong. Oh, how I missed you! The story is good – Round Rock has had roster stability, but they can’t win, which is odd.
- Tucson added former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Anthony Reyes, who pitched in the 2006 World Series with Rainiers reliever Josh Kinney.
OK, let’s do it, I’m fired up now. Let’s play two!