Rainiers On TV Tonight

Tonight’s home game against Albuquerque is the Minor League Baseball Game Of The Week and will be televised nationwide in high definition on the CBS Sports Network.

We’d love to have a big crowd at the park for this, so please come out if you can.

But if you can’t make it to Cheney, why not enjoy the game from your couch?

CBS Sports Network

  • Comcast: 633 (HD) or 433
  • Click!: 667 (HD) or 423
  • DirecTV: 219
  • Dish Network: 158
  • Other providers: look it up yourself by clicking here.

CBS is bringing in their own production team, equipment, and broadcast crew. I’m told it is a real smooth operation.

I’ve been asked if I’m involved in the TV broadcast – no, I am not. My broadcast will be on the radio and the MiLB.TV stream, as always.

Thursday’s game starts at 7:05 (Pacific) – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show begins at 6:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Matt Palmer (1-1, 2.00) against Albuquerque RHP Sam Demel (0-1, 7.59).

The Rainiers had a rare feat in Tuesday night’s game: right fielder Jabari Blash hit three home runs and had seven RBI in the Rainiers 13-4 win at El Paso.

Blash homered in three straight at-bats, becoming the first Tacoma player to homer three times in one game since Alex Liddi did it at Albuquerque in 2011 (coincidentally, Liddi now plays for Albuquerque and will be at Cheney Stadium tonight).

Blash had a chance for a fourth home run, but he struck out – swinging. He was going for it.

We’ve only had Blash on the team for a few weeks now, but one thing seems clear: when he hits a fly ball, it has a real chance of getting out of the park.

Six of Blash’s last eight hits are home runs. In 109 Triple-A at-bats, he’s batting .190 but with eight homers and 25 RBI (in 29 games).

I’m excited to see what an extended Blash hot streak might bring. Hopefully the huge game on Tuesday is the start of one.

Links:

  • In Wednesday’s Rainiers game story from The News Tribune, you can read about Jabari Blash‘s three homers and Taijuan Walker‘s rehab start.
  • Albuquerque comes in to tonight’s game well rested after taking three-of-four at home from Salt Lake. Prior to that series win, the ‘Topes had gone 6-12 over an 18-game stretch.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook has an item on Mariners starting rotation possibilities, among other things.
  • The Mariners are hot – they’ve won five in a row, and are three games over .500. They have an off-day today.
  • The MLB Draft starts tonight at 4:00 (on the MLB Network). They’ll do the first two rounds plus all supplemental picks. The Mariners pick No. 6 and No. 74. Preview articles are available in the TNT and the Seattle Times.
  • Rob Neyer posted an oral history of the wildly successful 2009 St. Louis Cardinals draft. Former Rainiers pitcher Aaron Looper was involved.
  • The Mariners minor league report from the Times has notes on some lower-level all-stars and players of the week.

This should be an entertaining night at the ballpark!

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