The Rainiers play their traditional Memorial Day afternoon game today, with first pitch set for 1:35.
Sunday’s game was one of those classic PCL games that we just don’t see in Tacoma.
For those of you who attended, congratulations! You saw what fans in Colorado Springs, Reno, Las Vegas, Salt Lake, and Albuquerque see with regular frequency at their home ballparks.
El Paso beat Tacoma 14-12 in a game that featured six lead changes over the final five innings, five home runs, the Rainiers first grand slam of the season, and a ninth inning heartbreaker. All in 3 hours, 59 minutes of game play.
It’s fun (aside from the loss) for us in Tacoma to get a game like that, because it is so rare here at sea level. But in the high-elevation cities of the PCL, these types of games are fairly common.
Tacoma has had many heartbreaking losses and surprising victories in these types of games on the road over the years. You just don’t expect to see it at home.
All of the details are in the game story – first link below. Check ’em out; it was a wild game.
Crazy game or not, it was still a loss. Tacoma (21-27) needs to get things straightened out. This team has lost 14 of the last 18 games, with a number of blown leads in the late innings recently. It’s still early, yes, but the team needs to make a run to .500 in June if it is going to charge towards the division title in July and August. Might as well get started now.
Monday’s game starts 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 Andrew Carraway (2-3, 4.91) against El Paso RHP Matt Wisler (0-3, 13.50). Bob Robertson joins me on the air and will call the middle innings today.
- I had to cover a home game for The News Tribune because everybody is on vacation, or something. Anyway, here is my story, and Roy Howell was kind enough after a tough loss to provide some quotes.
- Jabari Blash had two homers and six RBI, and he talked about his big game for MiLB.com.
- Manager Lloyd McClendon was frustrated with his offense after the Mariners lost to Dallas Keuchel and the Astros, 4-1.
- Christian Caple has a Mariners Notebook for The News Tribune.
- Our game yesterday was strange, indeed. But we need to see something weirder. So thanks to the wonderful Twitter account “You Can’t Predict Ball,” here is the boxscore and play-by-play of the only game in MLB history to end on a walk-off Catcher’s Interference.
- Two minor league players hit four home runs in a game this past week. This led me to a complete list of every player to ever hit four home runs in a professional game. It’s happened to one Tacoma player, and never at Cheney Stadium.
- In the PCL on Sunday, Sacramento wiped out Las Vegas, 10-1. Vegas has lost five in a row and skipper Wally Backman is steamed. Nice rant there.
- In worse news for Las Vegas, top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard was placed on the disabled list with elbow trouble.
- A pitch count doomed Michael Kickham‘s bid for a walk-filled no-hitter, but Fresno easily beat Salt Lake 10-2. In the story, there is some question regarding if Josh Hamilton will be rehabbing with Salt Lake when they arrive in Tacoma tomorrow.
- Reno and Albuquerque got rained out… in New Mexico? Yup, in New Mexico.
- Javier Baez continues to heat up: yesterday he launched a go-ahead grand slam in Iowa’s 7-3 win over Colorado Springs.
- Nashville scored the go-ahead run on a bases-loaded walk in a 4-2 win at New Orleans.
- Memphis topped Oklahoma City, 3-2, in one of the RedHawks final games without manager Tony DeFrancesco.
- Round Rock and Omaha were suspended due to rain in the sixth inning of a 2-2 tie.
- The NCAA baseball regionals were announced this morning – you can check ’em out here.
Happy Memorial Day!