Worth The Wait

The Rainiers went into a 1 hour, 13 minute rain delay trailing 6-3 in the sixth inning on Wednesday night in Round Rock.

For awhile, it looked like that was going to be it. The rain was pouring down, and the radar did not look good.

It was an official game at that point – if the rain didn’t stop, Round Rock would have been awarded the win.

Fortunately, we waited, and the rain indeed stopped – briefly, but long enough to restart the game.

By the time we got to the eighth inning, the rain began again – and Tacoma rallied, scoring five times with just two hits due to walks and one game-deciding error.

Tacoma held on to win, 8-6. It was the second straight game that the Rainiers won essentially because of a Round Rock error on a routine play at third base.

Now Tacoma has an opportunity to win the series on the road. This possibility came up on the front leg of the trip, when the Rainiers took a 2-1 series lead into game four in Albuquerque only to lose and settle for a split.

History is on Tacoma’s side: the Rainiers have won their last five series against Round Rock, going back five years. Let’s make it six!

Tonight’s game is at 5:05 (Pacific), and you can hear it on South Sound Sports 850 AM, streaming right here, and available via the TuneIn app for iPads and smart phones. Tacoma starts RHP Taijuan Walker (3-2, 3.73) against Round Rock LHP Ryan Feierabend (5-4, 3.70).

Links:

  • We start with my Rainiers game story for The News Tribune, with details on the comeback and a truthful quote from manager John Stearns.
  • The Mariners lost in Tampa last night, as Danny Farquhar had his first setback as a major league closer.
  • Today is the one-year anniversary of Felix Hernandez‘s perfect game.
  • Salt Lake won again and is still six games ahead of the Rainiers.
  • Memphis and Colorado Springs were rained out and play a twinbill today – with the Garcia brothers going head-to-head.
  • Nashville took down Reno, 8-1. Former Mariners lefty Aaron Laffey got the win.
  • The Pacific-South race really tightened up last night. Sacramento lost in Iowa, 2-1, and is no longer alone in first place.
  • Las Vegas moved into a first place tie with Sacramento by ripping New Orleans, 8-1. Las Vegas holds the tiebreaker over Sacramento – the 51s won the season series in a big way, 11-5.
  • Tucson won its sixth in a row and is only two games behind Las Vegas and Sacramento.
  • Anthony Seratelli homered in the first inning – and that was it as Omaha beat Fresno last night, 1-0. Ex-Rainiers pitcher Yusmeiro Petit tossed a complete game and lost for Fresno.
  • It’s a tough job, requiring a high level of journalistic integrity, but someone had to do it: the Las Vegas Review-Journal has a thorough, behind-the-scenes investigation of Dollar Beer Night.
  • Memphis outfielder Oscar Taveras – considered the top prospect in the PCL at the start of the season – is finally having surgery on the ankle injury that has held him out of the lineup nearly the entire season. Remember when he was “day-to-day” with a sprained ankle at Cheney Stadium in May? Too bad, it’s a lost season for Taveras.

Friday the Rainiers return home, hosting Colorado Springs at 7:05. It’s one of the toughest travel days of the season for the Rainiers, who leave the Round Rock hotel on a bus to the airport at 4:00 AM. Thus, I will not have a full blog update on Friday.

One Response to Worth The Wait

  1. Ron says:

    I really hate cheap beer nights and try to avoid them whenever I go to games at minor league ballparks. Even with beer gardens to seperate people the general level of enjoyment of the game goes down as the obnoxious behavior of people just at the game to drink and behave badly increases. I like the idea that the 51s add police and security but if these nights went away I would not miss them.

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