Suspension Bails Out Rainiers (For Now)

Tacoma and Salt Lake tried to get an official game in amid miserable conditions on Friday night, but they couldn’t make it through five innings before the umpires halted the proceedings. That result was just fine with the Rainiers, who were four outs away from suffering a 5-0 rain-shortened loss at the time of the suspension.

Instead, the two teams will resume the game today, picking up play in the top of the fifth inning with Sale Lake leading, 5-0. That game will be played through a full nine innings, and then a second game (the regularly scheduled game) will be played. The second game will be shortened to seven innings, per Minor League Baseball rules.

Rainiers lefty James Paxton was real strong for four innings, but he walked the bases loaded before allowing three straight two-out hits in the fifth, leading to five runs. Sloppy infield conditions did not help the Rainiers fielders during Salt Lake’s rally.

The Rainiers are into the bullpen in the suspended game – Lucas Luetge relieved Paxton right before the game was called.

Tacoma could be in a spot of trouble for game two. The Rainiers were hoping that pitcher D.J. Mitchell would clear waivers and be available to start today. Mitchell – who was designated for assignment by the Mariners on Thursday – did, in fact, clear waivers. However, he executed his right to become a free agent, and suddenly we don’t have him anymore.

I anticipate that the Mariners to fly in a pitcher from somewhere else in the organization in time for the games tonight. The Tacoma staff is really short right now.

Big shout-out to the loyal Rainiers fans who withstood the cold and rain last night – you guys were great. Thanks for coming out!

Hopefully the weather will cooperate and we’ll have baseball tonight. It all starts at 5:05, and you can hear the action on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here.

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Hopefully we can play ball tonight!

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