Slot machines are a janglin’ as the Rainiers have arrived in Las Vegas for the start of their 12-day, 11-game road trip – the longest road trip of the season.
It’s bookended by stops in the gambling meccas of Las Vegas and Reno, so this trip officially qualifies for “Road Trip To Bankruptcy” status. The Tucson leg in the middle should serve as a much-needed oasis of sleep and sublimity.
In Vegas we stay in the nicest hotel on the old strip downtown. This is close to the ballpark and also more affordable than the main strip.
Players treat the Vegas series as a business trip. The one great benefit is that it’s a 24-hour city, so the guys can always get something to eat after the game – this is not possible in many cities.
We do have the day game on Sunday, and the team is spending the night in Vegas and flying to Tucson on the off-day Monday. Sunday will be the night that the guys will have free to explore the city – I’d bet that most of the team explores the strip on Sunday evening.
Tacoma activated reliever Scott Patterson from the disabled list today, and he is available to pitch immediately.
Patterson suffered from shoulder discomfort during spring training, so he was placed on the Tacoma disabled list but did not report to the Rainiers. Instead, he was working with the training staff in Arizona building arm strength.
This time of year in Arizona there are extended spring training games daily. These are generally made up of young players who will play short-season ball when Everett, Pulaski, and the Arizona Rookie League starts up in June.
Once healthy, Patterson was able to pitch an inning or two in these extended spring training games. Now he’s ready for Tacoma – and we’ll take him, he’s been outstanding here for two years.
Matt Fox, who missed a start with his own shoulder discomfort, was placed on the 7-day disabled list to make room for Patterson. The Rainiers are still hopeful that Fox won’t miss much time.
The Rainiers lost on Tuesday to Fresno, 11-5, and the Grizzlies won the series, three game to one.
Tacoma had trouble shutting down the Grizzlies offense. Fresno scored 38 runs on 56 hits over the four-game series. The Rainiers were fortunate to get that comeback win in the third game.
On the plus side, shortstop Carlos Triunfel drove the ball with authority on Tuesday. He launched a two-run homer over the bullpens in left field, and he smashed a triple to the gap in right-center. Triunfel has been working extensively with hitting coach Jeff Pentland on his hand positioning, and it’s good to see some results.
Tonight’s game in Las Vegas is at 7:05, and you can hear it on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Jarrett Grube (0-1, 10.80) against LHP Aaron Laffey (0-2, 6.75). Laffey is a former Mariner.
- We’ll start with Doug Pacey’s game story from The News Tribune on Tuesday’s loss to Fresno.
- The Rainiers are in Las Vegas today, and they are going to have to deal with a scorching-hot Travis Snider. He has hit safely in all 18 games for Vegas this year.
- Here’s an Ed Graney column about how Las Vegas fans don’t care if the team wins – which is important, because they haven’t won in a long time.
- Las Vegas manager Marty Brown and pitcher Ryota Igarashi are speaking “Janglish.”
- Jon Paul Morosi writes that right now, the Mariners are winning the big trade with the Yankees. This, of course, is because Michael Pineda is injured.
- Larry LaRue caught up with former Rainiers pitcher Doug Fister.
- Michael Saunders, proud Canadian, tries to explain what a “hoser” is.
- Jason Churchill has a ton of Mariners minor league notes in this post.
- On Tuesday in the PCL, Reno got whacked by Sacramento.
- Nashville has lost nine games in a row.
- The Rainiers have a mid-may road trip to Omaha – which could be problematic, since Omaha is 11-1 at home.
- Tucson infielder Amadeo Zazueta is from Mexico, and he wants to bring the mascot of his hometown Culiacan Tomateros (Tomato Growers) to a game in Tucson. Please, please, please make this happen when we are playing in Tucson!
- Oklahoma City had the rare mid-season Radio Guy transaction. Best of luck to the briefly tenured J.P. Shadrick in his new gig. The new RG, Alex Freedman, used to call games for the Mariners High Desert affiliate.
- Las Vegas broadcasting legend and Cashman Field press box institution Bob Blum is in the hospital.
- Triple-A slugger Brad Eldred is going bonkers in Toledo – he has 13 home runs in 20 games!
Last night, on the off-day, a few of the Rainiers staffers gathered to watch Felix Hernandez and the 7th game if the Boston-Washington hockey series. Much to my surprise, one of my co-workers revealed that his goal in life was to have his name appear on this blog.
So congratulations, Thomas Knowlton, you have made the blog!