Well, that stunk.
Every season there are two dates in Tacoma when we really, really, really don’t want a rainout: July 3rd and Opening Day.
We’re 0-for-1 so far, after last night’s game was called at 8:00 after an hour of steady rain, with no clearing showing on the radar until about 10:00. It turned out to be the right call: it didn’t stop raining until just about 10:00, and nobody wants to have first pitch at 10:30 pm.
The team waited until 8:00 to call it because there was a chance that a big segment of the storm would change directions slightly and miss the stadium. Once it became clear that wasn’t going to happen, there was no other option.
So tonight we play two games, starting at 6:05. Per minor league rules, each game of the doubleheader is scheduled for seven innings. There will be roughly 25 minutes between games.
It will be RHP Stephen Fife vs. RHP Blake Beavan in game one, and RHP Matt Magill vs. LHP Anthony Fernandez in game two. Both games will be aired on South Sound Sports 850 AM, and the broadcast will stream live right here. The Alsaka Airlines Pregame Show starts at 5:50.
Our opening day roster moves went like this: outfielder Xavier Avery and reliever Clay Rapada were added to the roster. Infielder Gabriel Noriega was sent to Double-A Jackson, and reliever Ramon Ramirez was placed on the disabled list.
- We’ll start with a story about a rainout. There are some Rainiers notes at the bottom.
- John McGrath has a column on Jesus Montero.
- The Mariners suffered their first defeat of the season, losing to Oakland in 12 innings, 3-2. If they could just split the four games in Oakland, and come home with a 5-2 record, that would be pretty great.
- The umpiring in the Mariners game last night was highly suspect and drew a lot of attention. Ryan Divish has a graph of the strike zone, and Jeff Sullivan has an article with .gifs of some awful calls.
- Logan Morrison played right field for the first time in his career.
- Tacoma wasn’t the only PCL team to get rained out on opening day: it happened in Omaha, too.
- J.B. Shuck homered to help Salt Lake wallop Sacramento, 8-3. Former Rainiers pitcher Jarret Grube was Salt Lake’s opening day starter.
- Jeff Francoeur hit the first dinger in Chihuauas history, and El Paso’s franchise started with a 7-5 win at Reno. The Aces are now using a baseball humidor. The Aces have reasons for optimism.
- Las Vegas downed Fresno, 9-2. Rafael Montero tossed six scoreless innings and Zach Lutz hit a grand slam.
- Iowa lost its opener to Memphis, 10-2. Randall Grichuk had three hits and a homer. Ballyhooed Cubs prospect Javier Baez went 0-for-3 with two punchouts.
- Oklahoma City topped Round Rock in 11 innings, 7-6. Ex-Rainiers lefty Ryan Feierabend drew the opening day start for Round Rock.
- Brian Flynn tossed six scoreless innings as New Orleans edged Colorado Springs, 2-1.
- In the Mariners farm system, outfielder Jabari Blash launched a grand slam for Double-A Jackson in a weird 11-inning 12-7 victory at Chattanooga.
- Advanced-A High Desert was shut out, 7-0. Taijuan Walker starts for High Desert tonight in the first of two expected rehabilitation starts.
- Low-A Clinton lost in ten innings at Cedar Rapids, 4-3. Tyler O’Neill had two hits and an RBI.
OK, let’s do this. Let’s play two!