Rainiers Stay On 17

Tacoma blasted Las Vegas on Saturday night, 17-9. It was a Cashman Field special, as the Rainiers had season highs for runs scored and hits (20).

Mike Wilson hit two tape-measure home runs. The first one I saw land – it was about 450 feet long; I saw the ball bouncing around the rocks on the ridge behind the left field fence that the scoreboard is mounted on – the scoreboard is marked at 474 feet from home plate. The second homer appeared to hit a tree in left-center field and was longer than the first. That was nearly 1000 feet of homers from Wilson!

There were tons of big games from Rainiers hitters – if you want all the details, check out the box score through the Rainiers official site. Needless to say, it was a massive night for the Rainiers offense.

Today’s game is as 12:05 pm, with the pre-game show (and interview with manager Daren Brown) starting at 11:50 am. We’ll be heard on 850 AM and streaming via www.tacomarainiers.com as always. Tacoma starts LHP Chris Seddon (4-2, 4.14) against Las Vegas RHP Marty McLeary (0-3, 10.64). Brian Tallet was supposed to start on rehab for Vegas, but in a post-game meeting with 51s manager Dan Rohn he said that Tallet isn’t going to go.

Some Sunday links for you:

  • Here’s Todd Dewey’s Rainiers game story, complete with Blue Man Group reference. Thoughts on the Group: cool version of the national anthem for sure, but those dudes must have some serious skin issues, what with all of that paint and everything.
  • Dewey also had a feature on Vegas infielder Jesus Merchan – 12 years in the minors and not a day in the show.
  • I wrote a Minor League Notebook for The News Tribune, focusing on the recent promotions of Mariners minor leaguers Dennis Raben and Nate Tenbrink (as well as his subsequent injury). However, they didn’t post it on the website, so I guess you need to go read an actual newspaper.
  • The Angels beat the Mariners on Kendry Morales’ walk-off grand slam, and then Morales was injured in the celebration. Shades of Tagg Bozied in 2004 – Divish wrote about that. After last night’s game Rohn and I reminisced about Bozied; we were both there.
  • Larry Stone churned out a lot of words. Here’s a bit on Jack Z’s thoughts so far, something on Bozied and Morales,
  • Geoff Baker blogged about the possible effects of the Morales injury.
  • Oh yeah – Roy Halladay tossed a perfect game. Dime a dozen, these days…
  • In the PCL, Salt Lake scored twice in the ninth to beat Fresno, 8-7, and remain two games ahead of Tacoma. Salt Lake ended a streak of seven straight home loses to Fresno.
  • The Giants called up PCL superstar Buster Posey, and he had three hits and three RBI in his first game. Even the hometown Fresno Bee couldn’t believe Posey was there for so long.
  • Chris Capuano’s comeback is comeplete – he made it. His ex-team Nashville hit its second straight walk-off HR.
  • We knew it all along – Willie Bloomquist, Olympic Bobsledder.

Congrats to Kentwood High School, winners of the 4A state baseball championship.


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