Junior Watches Rainiers Win

Ken Griffey Jr showed up to watch the Rainiers play in Las Vegas on Monday, and the Rainiers stepped up and beat the 51s, 10-7.

Griffey is a special assistant for the Mariners, something he has done for two seasons. There have been reports that he has visited all of the Mariners other farm teams, but this was the first time I’ve ever seen him at a Rainiers game.

Part of being Junior, I imagine, is dealing with crowds. In Las Vegas, he sat with Roger Hansen in the air conditioned club level restaurant behind home plate.

Yesterday Carlos Peguero had a big game, collecting three hits with a homer and five RBI. He had been struggling and needed a breakout like that.

Tacoma is now 13 games over .500 again, tying the season high-water mark. Maybe today is the day they reach 14 games over.

Tonight’s game is at 7:05, and you can hear it on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here (hopefully – the stream has been broken the last two days; the proper authorities have been notified). Tacoma starts RHP Brian Sweeney (7-1, 3.51) against Las Vegas RHP Collin McHugh (3-2, 2.74).

Links:

  • We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
  • Larry Stone reports that Mike Zunino is getting called up by Seattle today. The analysis of the move from blogs like USS Mariner and Lookout Landing seems spot-on. Jason Churchill has a reasonable look at the situation, as well.
  • No link, but former Rainiers lefty Anthony Vasquez made his return from emergency brain surgery and pitched for Class-A Clinton yesterday. Great news!
  • The Mariners held on for a 3-2 win over the Houston Astros.
  • Looks like both Justin Smoak and Franklin Gutierrez could begin rehabilitation assignments soon.
  • Double-A Jackson won the first game of a doubleheader with a walk-off triple play. That’s right: Jackson led 5-4, Chattanooga had runners at first and second with no outs in the ninth. Low liner to shortstop Gabriel Noriega, he catches it at his shoes, doubles the runner of second, throws to first to catch that runner for the third out.
  • In the PCL, Salt Lake topped the Sky Sox, 8-6, widening Tacoma’s lead in the division to 3.5 games.
  • Sacramento beat Reno, 5-2, as the bizarre string of low-scoring games at Aces Ballpark continued.
  • Nick Noonan went down to Fresno and helped the Grizzlies paste Tucson, 10-1.
  • How about this: former Rainiers lefty Ryan Feierabend tossed a complete game eight-hitter as his Round Rock Express beat Albuquerque, 5-2.
  • Another hot former Rainiers player is Brad Nelson. The Iowa Cubs first baseman had his second straight game with two homers in Round Rock last night.
  • Perfect game guy Phillip Humber is struggling in the PCL.
  • Brett Hayes hit two dingers to help Omaha defeat Nashville, 10-7.
  • New Orleans picked up a pair of wins in Memphis yesterday.
  • I really enjoyed the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s response to the Wall Street Journal’s hatchet job on Cashman Field.

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