This trip to Oklahoma City is not going well for the Rainiers, who lost their third in a row on Thursday night, 3-1.
Blake Beavan pitched well, allowing three runs (two earned) in 5.2 innings. The problem was that the Rainiers couldn’t get a clutch hit: the team had plenty of base runners, but went 0-for-11 as a group with runners in scoring position. That ain’t gonna work.
Tacoma had won 12 out of 13 games coming into this series, and is now in danger of being swept. The team needs a win today before the road trip moves on to New Orleans on Saturday.
Tonight’s game is at 5:05 (Pacific), and as always the broadcast is on 850 AM and streaming online right here. If you are trying to listen on an iPad or some other i-Device, use TuneIn. Tacoma starts LHP Jimmy Gillheeney (2-0, 2.84) against Oklahoma City LHP Brett Oberholtzer (1-3, 7.71).
Cheney Stadium is hosting a Seattle Sounders Reserve League game on Sunday at 4:00.
I am not knowledgeable about soccer, but I am told that this game will feature some actual Sounders players, and will be played at a near-MLS level.
The Rainiers have gone all-out to convert the field for this game, putting sod over the dirt infield and removing the pitcher’s mound. Here’s a look at the layout:
Tickets are on sale now, with various Mother’s Day specials, etc. Check out the details on the Rainiers main website.
- We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
- The paper has a story on Sunday’s soccer game and the possibility of a permanent Sounds affiliate playing in Tacoma.
- Larry Stone caught up with Raul Ibanez, who has a very positive outlook in the face of an early-season slump.
- The Tacoma zoo has a new baby tiger – check out the cute little kitty.
- In the PCL, Colorado Springs pulled within a half-game of the first-place Rainiers by beating Iowa, 5-1.
- Salt Lake won a pitcher’s duel at New Orleans, 2-1.
- Omaha split a doubleheader at Reno.
- Grant Green had a big game as Sacramento picked up a win in Memphis.
- Nashville had a break-out game and beat Fresno, 11-7.
- Tucson knuckleballer Eddie Bonine allowed seven straight hits to open the game against Albuquerque and was lifted without recording an out. The paper ran a nice story on Isotopes manager Lorenzo Bundy.
- Las Vegas edged Round Rock, 6-5. Express uber-prospect Jurickson Profar hasn’t been hitting, but he is still impressing.