Let’s Play Two

Tonight we have the doubleheader with Nashville at 6:05 pm at Cheney Stadium, to make up for Wednesday night’s rainout.

It will be two 7-inning games, in accordance with minor league baseball rules.

Yesterday the Mariners Double-A affiliate in Jackson, Tennessee thought it was playing two 7-inning games against Mobile – but the second game of the doubleheader went 18 innings!

It was an amazing game: It was only 1-1 after seven. Jackson took the lead with single runs in the top of the 12th, 13th, and 14th innings, only to have Mobile score the tying run off former Rainiers reliever Edward Paredes in each of the three innings.

By the time the game ended, both teams were out of pitchers. Each team had its second baseman on the mound, and Mobile had a relief pitcher who had pitched in the first game playing right field.

After 17 innings of errorless baseball, a miscue by Jackson shortstop Carlos Triunfel led to the winning run scoring and Mobile won, 5-4. Jackson second baseman/pitcher Scott Savastano got hung with the loss.

Hopefully we’ll have two regulation 7-inning games tonight – I’m not ready to call 25 innings like Jackson announcer Chris Harris did.

The first game will pit Tacoma RHP Blake Beavan (1-1, 5.76) against Nashville RHP Amaury Rivas (3-3, 3.73). In game two, it will be Tacoma RHP Charlie Haeger (0-0, 0.00) against Nashville LHP Sam Narron (2-1, 3.30).

Haeger has to come off the disabled list so a roster move will be made prior to the game. The knuckleballer has been on the DL all season with back problems.

Both games will be broadcast live on 850 AM and streaming online.

Links:

  • Here is the only story I could find on the 18-inning game last night with Jackson.
  • The Mariners have gone 7-1 in the last eight games, including an outstanding 5-1 road trip, but now the competition heats up: the New York Yankees come to Safeco this weekend. Michael Pineda against the Yankees on Friday night has a chance to be a special game. Apparently there are tons of tickets available for the whole weekend series.
  • The players and I agree: morning games suck.
  • Here is the latest Rainiers Minute from the Weekly Volcano.
  • Former Rainiers shortstop-for-a-day Wilson Valdez was the winning pitcher in the Phillies 19-inning win over Cincinnati last night. This was fun to watch on TV. With crazy MLB games like this one, it’s always a good idea to let Jayson Stark handle the recap.
  • Larry Stone tracked some recent ex-Mariners and ex-Rainiers. His minor league report from two days ago has a good quote from Farm Director Pedro Grifol about Alex Liddi. Cliff’s Notes: he’s staying in Tacoma for a while.
  • Here’s the latest on the Bob Geren communication fiasco in Oakland. He’s trying!
  • In the PCL, first-place Reno polished off Round Rock, 7-2, as shortstop Cody Ransom hit his 12th home run.
  • Ex-Rainier Bryan LaHair homered into a stiff wind and Iowa ended Las Vegas’s eight-game win streak.
  • Salt Lake shut out Memphis as Matt Palmer struck out 11 while tossing a gem.
  • Fresno infielder Ryan Rohlinger has been riding the shuttle. His Grizzlies got shut down by Oklahoma City’s Jordan Lyles. In the story: Fresno had some roster shuffling, which included the release of PCL veteran Terry Evans.
  • Here’s a feature on Colorado Springs third baseman Josh Fields, who was once the starting quarterback at Oklahoma State.
  • So before the season, the Texas Rangers needed to hire a TV play-by-play announcer. They stunned the industry by hiring a man with no play-by-play experience. He didn’t last two months – they’ve fired him. Seriously, what did they expect? It takes years of experience just to not be horrible in this line of work.
  • That’s one heckuva halibut.

Quiz time! What is the meaning of these numbers: 88, 87, 77, 84? Answer after the jump…

Those are the predicted temperatures for our holiday weekend trip to Las Vegas. Aaaaaaahahaha! Wear it, Puget Sound weather!

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