Sam Demel and three Albuquerque relievers combined to shut out Tacoma on two hits on Thursday night, 6-0.
Xavier Avery hit a single in the first inning and Gabriel Noriega singled in the second – and then the Rainiers were no-hit for the next seven innings. This came right after a 13-run, 14-hit, four-homer uprising in El Paso in the team’s previous game.
Unfortunately this happened on national TV.
I recorded the CBS Sports Network’s broadcast and watched most of it last night. I was impressed by the quality of the production. Cheney Stadium really looked great in high def, over 6,500 of you guys showed up so we had a nice crowd, and our city was showcased.
This was the first TV game since Cheney Stadium was renovated, and I think the telecast certainly showed that the facility is capable of hosting a bigger event like the Triple-A All-Star Game or the Triple-A National Championship Game.
If you wanted to come out last night but couldn’t, we’ve got a deal for you tonight: it’s two games for the price of one, as the Rainiers and Isotopes are playing a doubleheader to make up an early-season rainout. It will be two 7-inning games, played back-to-back with about a 25-minute break between games. The regular Friday Night Fireworks will launch after the twinbill is over.
Friday’s action starts at 6:05 (Pacific) – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show begins at 5:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Andrew Carraway (2-4, 4.44) against Albuquerque RHP Carlos Frias (3-3, 6.02) in the first game, and it will be RHP Chance Ruffin (2-3, 6.70) against good ol’ TBA in game two.
- The Rainiers game story from The News Tribune pauses to speculate about the immediate future of Matt Palmer. It did seem unusual that he came out so early.
- The Mariners were off yesterday, but the first two rounds of the MLB draft were held. With their first-round pick (No. 6 overall), the Mariners selected high school outfielder Alex Jackson from Rancho Bernardo HS in San Diego, CA. Christian Caple has a story on the pick, and John McGrath wrote a column. All of General Manager Jack Zduriencik‘s remarks are here. The Mariners coveted Jackson’s power, according to Larry Stone.
- With their supplemental second round pick (No. 74 overall), the Mariners went north of the border for another high school outfielder, Gareth Morgan of Toronto. Read about him in this piece from the Great White North.
- Follow today’s Mariners draft picks on Ryan Divish’s rolling blog post.
- With no game to report on, Bob Dutton did one of his insightful Q&A sessions with the fans. Read his responses here.
- Holy smokes. The Mariners have two prospects in the top ten and another is highlighted under “helium watch” in this week’s Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet.
- Former Rainiers reliever Steve Delabar is working on mechanical adjustments in Toronto.
- In the PCL, Salt Lake notched an 8-7 win over Sacramento as outfielder Zach Borenstein had his best-ever Triple-A game.
- Reno ripped 22 hits and moved into a first-place tie with Sacramento by crushing El Paso, 12-2.
- Las Vegas top prospect Noah Syndergaard suffered another injury in the 51s 9-4 loss to Fresno. Michael Kickham tossed seven shutout innings for the Grizzlies.
- Manny Ramirez hasn’t reported to the Iowa Cubs yet, but his imminent arrival is causing a stir in Des Moines. Manny’s pupil-to-be Javier Baez returned to the lineup in a 6-2 Iowa loss to Colorado Springs.
- New Orleans beat Round Rock on a walk-off home run by catcher Kyle Skipworth.
- Omaha moved into first place in the American-North with a 6-3 win over Oklahoma City.
- Scott Moore homered and drove in three runs as Memphis beat Nashville, 7-4. I still can’t crack the Memphis Commercial-Appeal paywall to bring you a link.
Let’s play two!