We had yet another rainout last night, so Tacoma and Sacramento will play a doubleheader today to make up for it.
It looked like we were going to play last night, and the team waited a while before postponing it. In the end, edges of storms that looked on radar like they might miss the stadium kept hitting us. It came to a sadly comical end at around 7:00 when there was sunshine out beyond the left field fence, a double rainbow in center field, and rain continuing to fall at the ballpark.
Anyway, let’s play two today.
Sunday’s games start at 1:35 – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show begins at 1:20 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Jordan Pries (Triple-A debut) against Sacramento RHP Sean Murphy (2-1, 5.06) in the first game. Game two pits the Rainiers LHP James Gillheeney (1-1, 5.40) against Sacramento RHP Marcus Walden (PCL debut).
- We’ll start with a story about a rainout. In the story: both Jesus Montero and Chance Ruffin were placed on the Temporarily Inactive List, which means they are gone for at least three days. Montero’s wife is having (maybe had last night?) a baby, so congrats to the family.
- My minor league notebook for the TNT had items on Cole Gillespie and a hitter in Class-A on a power surge.
- The Mariners lost their fifth in a row and were limited to just two hits in a 7-0 loss to Miami last night. Cue the Harry Doyle.
- As always, there is a lot of good stuff in Bob Dutton’s Mariners notebook.
- Before today’s Mariners game, they called up Brandon Maurer and optioned James Jones to Tacoma. It’s a long way from Miami to Tacoma so we may not see Jones for another day or two.
- I’m pretty sure Ryan Divish put these power rankings together simply so he could take a shot at Justin Bieber.
- Even though he is facing NCAA sanctions, John McGrath wrote a column about another flaw in the MLB replay system.
- Everyone else in the PCL played last night, although Las Vegas ace Noah Syndergaard probably wished it was raining as he was getting tattooed by El Paso, 8-5.
- A “plethora” is a very large number, and that’s how many home runs Salt Lake hit in a 12-2 wipeout of Albuquerque yesterday. They even hit back-to-back-to-back dingers.
- Randy Wolf – whom you may remember from such hits as “Mariners Spring Training” – tossed five innings for Reno and earned the win in a 9-2 victory at Fresno last night. Roger Kieschnick returned to his old stomping grounds.
- Nashville starter Mike Fiers was on fire indeed, striking out a dozen in a 5-1 win over Omaha.
- Oklahoma City’s Rudy Owens tossed five no-hit innings and Jon Singleton hit his PCL-leading 7th homer in the RedHawks 6-2 win at Memphis.
- Three pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout as New Orleans topped Colorado Springs, 3-0. Needless to say, that game was not played in the Springs.
- Iowa got hammered by Round Rock, 12-2, but they activated top prospect Javier Baez from the disabled list today.
- The new ballpark in El Paso opens up in just eight days.
All together now, once again… Let’s Play Two!