Yesterday before the game myself, trainer Jeremy Clipperton, and “Performance Specialist” Charlie Kenyon walked out to the worst seats at Spring Mobile Ballpark, for the purpose of measuring the mammoth home run that Carlos Peguero hit on Saturday.
Later, during the game, Peguero lost a routine fly ball in the sun and it fell in for a two-out, inside-the-park grand slam. Whoops!
The Rainiers lost on Sunday night, 10-2. Mauricio Robles had a nightmare outing, Peguero lost that ball, and Forrest Snow pitched well in his Triple-A debut. You can get the details in the Rainiers game story – click the first link down below.
It was, in three words, an ugly game. So let’s get back to Peguero’s tape-measure home run!
It was the ninth inning on Saturday, and he hit it off Salt Lake reliever Michael Kohn.
In Salt Lake City, the center field fence is 420 feet from home plate. There is a backdrop behind the center field fence, and behind that is a walking path that goes around the perimeter of the outfield. The walking path is above the grassy berm.
Just to the right of center, there is a covered picnic area on the other side of the walking path. Peguero’s home run hit the yellow “Siegfried & Jensen” sign on the roof of the picnic area.
I stood under the yellow sign, and stepped off 55 feet to the outfield fence, which is 420 feet from home. So that was 475 feet.
We then estimated where the ball would have landed, based upon its trajectory, and we selected a spot behind the picnic area.
The three of us agreed that Peguero’s homer was roughly 507 feet.
The picnic area is pleasant enough, but it’s a long, long way away from home plate.
Finally, a view of the whole field from the broadcast booth. I was able to see the home run ball roll down the roof after hitting the yellow sign.
Tonight we complete this road trip with a 6:05 (Pacific) game here in Salt Lake City. Tacoma starts RHP Jarett Grube (1-2, 9.00) against RHP Matt Palmer (4-9, 7.95). Grube is working on three days rest so it could be yet another short outing for a Tacoma starting pitcher.
As always, you can hear the broadcast on South Sound Sports 850 AM, and streaming online right here.
- Here is my Rainiers game story for The News Tribune. In the Deseret News story, Jeremy Moore talks about his ITPGS.
- Tough day for baseball media. First, Nashville broadcaster Stu Paul took a tumble in Iowa and is out indefinitely. Then, friend of the blog Dave Cameron told us he has leukemia. We wish the best to both in their recoveries.
- At the TNT blog, Ryan Divish wrote a personal piece on Cameron’s illness.
- Over at Cameron’s website, we have the weekly Mariners Minor League Wrap.
- The Mariners set a franchise record that they had no interest in breaking.
- Jason Churchill has a round-up of the new Mariners catching prospects.
- Sacramento beat Reno in the 11th inning yesterday, so Tacoma is still 10.5 games out of first. Adrian Cardenas had the game-winning hit. A Reno pitcher smoked Josh Donaldson again.
- The Sacramento paper has an excellent feature on Reno manager Brett Butler.
- Tucson blew a four-run lead in the bottom of the ninth, then won in the 13th on a James Darnell home run at Las Vegas.
- Fresno lost to Colorado Springs. The Grizzlies have Bill Hall on rehab, and he is the ninth major leaguer to rehab with Fresno this year.
- Albuquerque pitcher Tim Sexton took an epic beating from New Orleans yesterday: five innings pitched, 16 runs allowed (all earned). Eventually Mother Nature had seen enough, ending the game in the seventh inning with a rain storm.
- And on the seventh day, they won: after six losses to Nashville in six days, Iowa finally beat the Sounds. Their eight-game series ends today. Iowa Cubs prospect Ryan Flaherty is playing at his old stomping grounds.
- Eric Hurley tossed a gem and Round Rock defeated Omaha.
Last day of the road trip – we’ll be home at Cheney Stadium on Tuesday night, and keep in mind we have a mid-week day game on Wednesday – time for a long lunch at the ballpark!