Bagged Out In El Paso

The Rainiers game at El Paso on Thursday night was postponed because Tacoma’s baggage did not make it to El Paso. We call that getting “bagged out.”

It seems to happen once a season somewhere in the PCL, and it is one of the things that the league tries very hard to make sure doesn’t happen.

Here’s what happened:

The team flew a commercial airline that we often use and have a great track record with from SeaTac to Houston, changed planes, and flew from Houston to El Paso.

In the transfer of planes in Houston, the airline’s baggage handlers did not switch the Rainiers baseball equipment bags to the proper plane. So while the Rainiers players and coaches made it to El Paso, the team had no gloves, shoes, bats, uniforms, medical equipment, etc.

It was an airline snafu, and we were at its mercy.

The equipment bags were successfully tracked and they were scheduled to arrive late last night. We should be good to play today.

It was a real bummer for the El Paso Chihuahuas, who were anticipating a sellout crowd last night.

In order to recoup some of that lost revenue, the Chihuahuas are having the teams make up the postponed game with a split doubleheader on Saturday. The first game will be played at 11:05 AM (Pacific), and the second one at 6:05 (Pacific). They’ll clear out the stadium and charge two separate admissions.

For reasons that are entirely unclear, the split doubleheader games do not fall under the Minor League Baseball rule that doubleheader games are scheduled for seven innings. So it will be two nine inning games on Saturday.

This makes no sense at all – it is illogical and inconsistent. Why would you have a rule creating seven-inning doubleheader games for the purpose of protecting the pitching staffs, and then have it only apply to certain types of doubleheaders?

Apparently this rule has changed within the last 12 years. The only other time Tacoma has played a day/night, split-admission doubleheader was May 2, 2002 at brand-new Chukchansi Park in Fresno. Both games were seven innings.

The Mariners are expected to fly in (at their cost) an extra pitcher to help cover these additional innings, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Padres also do that.

Saturday is going to be a long, hot day. But first we have a single game to play tonight.

Friday’s game starts at 6:05 PM (Pacific) – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show begins at 5:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Matt Palmer (1-4, 4.76) against Chihuahuas RHP Donn Roach (0-1, 3.57).

Links:

  • Here is the story from The News Tribune on the Rainiers game getting postponed.
  • Today is your last day to vote for the Triple-A All-Stars, so get after it!
  • The broadcast teams for the Triple-A All-Star Game have been announced. Congrats to the Iowa Cubs Deene Ehlis for drawing the assignment.
  • The Mariners were off yesterday, so Todd Dybas wrote a feature on ex-Rainiers outfielder James Jones while Ryan Divish has one on Logan Morrison.
  • A current Rainiers pitcher and another Mariners prospect appear on this week’s edition of Baseball America’s Prospect Hot Sheet.
  • Lookout Landing caught up with Ty Kelly.
  • The rest of the PCL was in action last night. In a nationally televised game, Andy Parrino hit a game-winning home run in the 11th inning and Sacramento beat Las Vegas, 7-5.
  • Where have you gone, Miguel Olivo? Albuquerque now has four catchers on its active roster – which was not enough to beat Reno in 14 innings last night.
  • Mike Kickham tossed a gem and Fresno shut out Salt Lake, 8-0.
  • Iowa split a doubleheader at Colorado Springs, while player-coach Manny Ramirez made his I-Cubs debut. Manny started game two in left field and went 0-for-4 at the plate.
  • Round Rock rolled to a 9-1 victory at Memphis.
  • Omaha won in Oklahoma City as catcher Francisco Pena had a big night. The Oklahoma City newspaper has a feature on Futures Game-bound outfielder Domingo Santana.
  • New Orleans blew out Nashville, 11-1. Rehabilitating Christian Yelich hit a three-run homer for New Orleans.

Off to the ballpark. Let’s play 27 innings in 27 hours!

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