The Rainiers lost to Salt Lake on Sunday afternoon, 3-2, in front of a sellout Father’s Day crowd of 7,225.
It was the sixth sellout at the new Cheney Stadium.
Since several people have now asked me, I thought I should clarify what exactly defines a sellout – in the eyes of the Rainiers office, anyway.
There is no exact capacity at the new stadium – and if you have been out to a game yet, it’s clear why.
There are a large number of seating areas for group outings in which the number of actual people in that area can fluctuate. The most notable examples are on the Party Decks on the third base side: A group could reserve an area that might seat 50 people in one configuration, or 75 in another.
Take that concept and apply it to the new areas down the right field line, and the add the fact that the new indoor seating areas upstairs have multiple configurations, and you can see how exact number of tickets sold can vary.
So, as a benchmark, the result is that any crowd over 7,200 is considered a sellout – to us, at least. That means that Cheney Stadium is operating at full capacity, and all of my Rainiers Front Office co-workers are running around like crazy, making sure everything is going smoothly.
So yesterday was sellout number six. The smallest sellout was 7,202 on opening day, and the biggest one was 7,359 on June 3.
Thank you, fans – we like sellouts, nothing is better than a packed ballpark – especially since our ballpark can now handle the crowds!
Tonight’s game – which will not be a sellout; when we start selling out Monday nights we’ll need to apply to for Major League expansion – will be at 7:05 pm. Tacoma starts either Luke French (3-5, 6.16) or Fabio Castro (5-2, 3.47) against Salt Lake RHP Matt Palmer (2-6, 7.69). French starts unless his wife goes into labor – then he’s out the door, fast, and Fabio takes over. The broadcast will be on South Sound Sports 850 AM, and streaming online here. We’ll actually have a decent broadcaster in the booth today – because today is a Monday With Bob, and Bob Robertson will be joining me in the booth.
A word about Salt Lake starter Matt Palmer, who serves as a great reminder to me about how much I have to learn about this game.
Palmer was a regular member of the Fresno Grizzlies starting rotation from 2006 through 2008. He pitched a lot against Tacoma, and to me he just looked like an ordinary Triple-A pitcher – one of those guys who might get a brief call-up at some point, but wouldn’t ever get much of an opportunity in the bigs.
In fact, that happened to him in 2008 – he made three starts for the Giants, and spent the rest of the year in Fresno.
Then came 2009, when he joined the Angels organization and appeared in just two Triple-A games – while going 11-2 with a 3.93 ERA in 40 games and 121 innings pitched for the major league Angels.
Last year and this year, Palmer has split the season between Triple-A and Anaheim, performing just fine in the majors when called upon. He’s amassed about two full seasons of MLB service time now, with a strong likelihood of more to come.
The point is: I was wrong about Palmer. He’s pretty good, and this won’t be easy for Tacoma tonight, even though he’s been struggling recently with Salt Lake.
- Here is the game story from The News Tribune on yesterday’s 3-2 loss, which I ignored in the main segment. Chris Seddon had a gutsy performance, but the Rainiers offense missed out on a couple of scoring opportunities.
- The Mariners won the game and the series against the Phillies. Mr. Vargas tossed a shutout. Greg Halman made a nice defensive play – for the right reasons.
- Larry Stone normally sits in the press box, but this weekend he attended two games as a fan, and he filed this post. It’s always a good idea for us cynical media types to sit in the regular seats from time to time.
- We have the weekly Minor League Wrap from USS Mariner.
- And, a Dustin Ackley weekend in review from Lookout Landing, as well as a blog post on Dustin Ackley and uniform #13.
- Mariners #1 draft pick Danny Hultzen was terrific and his Virginia squad won its College World Series opener.
- If you are a Baseball Prospectus subscriber, today’s Monday Ten Pack has two Mariners prospects in it.
- In the PCL, Reno finally got a win in Las Vegas, 12-9. That means Tacoma is eight games back. Las Vegas starter Kyle Drabek was wild in his 51s debut (he had jumped from Class-AA straight to the majors).
- Tucson beat Colorado Springs in the top of the ninth inning for the second day in a row. This keeps Tacoma alone in second place.
- Fresno is giving Sacramento a tough time, winning two of the first three at Raley Field. Sacramento has lost 5 of 7 at home (the Rainiers were a big part of that).
- Round Rock hit four homers in an 11-7 win over Omaha.
- Breaking news: Memphis lost a baseball game. Two different Nashville Sounds hit two homers in a 5-3 win at Autozone Park. Funny: Memphis starter Nick Additon took the loss, but clearly the Memphis Commercial-Appeal computers weren’t having any of that “Additon” stuff. Perhaps the game was played at Autocorrect Park.
- New Orleans has been tearing up the RedHawks in a road series at Bricktown – they go for a rare road sweep today.
- Awesome Mascot Alert! The independent Joliet Slammers have named their mascot J.L. Bird. See the picture for yourself. Where do I buy season tickets?
Usually I try to write a closing sentence here, but after that J.L. Bird link, I’m sentenceless.