We suffered another rainout on Saturday night. That game with Albuquerque will be made up in a doubleheader on Friday, June 6. Start time will be bumped up at 6:05.
We’re hoping to get one played today. Start time is 1:35 – pregame starts at 1:20 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here (So far this season I’ve done three pregame shows but only called one night of actual baseball). Albuquerque starts RHP Zach Lee against Tacoma LHP Anthony Fernandez – both pitchers are making their Triple-A debuts.
- My first Minor League Notebook for The News Tribune is a look at where some of the top prospects in the PCL are playing.
- Felix Hernandez brought his A-game to Oakland and the Mariners beat the A’s, 3-1. That guaranteed a winning record for the season-opening road trip.
- New Mariners closer Fernando Rodney nailed down his first save. In this notebook: it sounds like Hisashi Iwakuma is going to rehab with the Rainiers when he is ready.
- They are still talking about the Friday night “rainout” in Oakland, which was really a human error because the grounds crew didn’t tarp the field overnight on Thursday evening. John McGrath writes that the Mariners should have been awarded a forfeit. Mariners player representative Charlie Furbush had never dealt with anything like this before.
- I knew this day was coming, but that doesn’t make it any less sad: it’s our first Sunday of the MLB season, and there is no Larry Stone’s Inside Pitch in the Seattle Times today. Let’s have a link of silence.
- Ryan Divish tried to fill the void with his version of Stone’s power rankings.
- Which Mariner are you? I got Kyle Seager.
- Former Rainiers ace Michael Pineda was terrific in his Yankees debut yesterday. It’s been a long road for Michael, who is an easy guy to root for if you’ve ever met him.
- Important notice for fans: your popcorn bucket is not a glove.
- Down at Class-A High Desert, future “crafty lefty” Tyler Pike tossed five strong innings and D.J. Peterson went 4-for-4 in a 9-3 win.
- In the PCL, we had an epic comeback: trailing 6-1 going to the ninth in Las Vegas, Fresno scored seven runs and emerged with an 8-6 victory. The final six runs scored with two outs.
- Noah Syndergaard may be a great pitcher, but he lacks as a first base coach, Ron Kantowski writes amusingly.
- At age 40, I think that Bobby Abreu is the oldest player in the PCL right now.
- First Chiahuahuas-related headline alert: El Paso nips Reno. There will be more. Speaking of more, former Rainiers catcher Adam Moore had two hits for the little doggies.
- Michael Taylor had a big game to help Sacramento defeat Salt Lake for the River Cats first win of the season.
- The Rockies have some pitching prospects, like Tyler Matzek of Colorado Springs. He struck out 11 New Orleans Zephyrs over just five innings and earned a win last night.
- Veteran Kevin Kouzmanoff helped Round Rock beat Oklahoma City last night, 7-4. Scott Baker had a good start, allowing one run in six innings.
- It’s been a rough start for top Cubs prospect Javier Baez, who is 0-for-9 with six strikeouts and now one ejection for Iowa.
- Omaha and Nashville split a doubleheader.
Let’s play a game today.