Rainiers Play Tonight

Happy Opening Day! For real this time – it’s opening day in the Pacific Coast League.

The Rainiers start the 2015 season with an eight-game road trip, and the first game is tonight in El Paso. First pitch is set for 6:20 (Pacific).

I know many of you are anxious for the home opener. We’ve got to wait another week – the Rainiers play their first game at Cheney Stadium on Friday, April 17. Yesterday the front office put out word that tickets for the home opener are moving briskly, so get yours at the stadium box office or online here.

Now, let’s get to tonight.


Tonight’s broadcast will begin with a pregame show starting at 6:00 (Pacific), and first pitch is set for 6:20. Schedules say 6:05 start but I’ve been informed that the pregame opening day ceremonies will push the start back 15 minutes, so 6:20 it is.

All Rainiers games can be heard in the Tacoma area on our longtime radio flagship South Sound Sports 850 AM.

We also have an online audio stream for internet and smart phones: the TuneIn Radio stream will be active at game time, and you can access it right here.

Finally, all 144 Rainiers games will be shown via streaming internet on MiLB.TV. This is a subscription service. Fifty bucks gets you the whole season, or you can try a month for $12.99. This subscription gets you every single Triple-A and Double-A game, plus select Class-A games.

A word about MiLB.TV: the home team is entirely responsible for the feed that you watch. Production quality varies greatly from stadium to stadium. Teams use their in-house cameras to shoot the game, and then place the home team’s radio broadcast on top of it.


Tacoma manager Pat Listach and El Paso skipper Pat Murphy have submitted their starting rotations. Here’s how they line up:

  • Today: RHP Jordan Pries vs. LHP Jason Lane
  • Friday: LHP Roenis Elias vs. RHP Aaron Northcraft
  • Saturday: RHP Sam Gaviglio vs. LHP Robbie Erlin
  • Sunday: LHP Mike Kickham vs. RHP James Needy

Tacoma’s fifth starter will be LHP Mike Montgomery, and he’ll pitch Monday night at Albuquerque.

If there are no rainouts or rotation changes, Mike Kickham is in line to start the home opener next Friday.



  1. Ketel Marte – SS
  2. James Jones – CF
  3. Stefen Romero – RF
  4. Jesus Montero – 1B
  5. Franklin Gutierrez – LF
  6. John Hicks – C
  7. Jabari Blash – DH
  8. Carlos Rivero – 3B
  9. Shawn O’Malley – 2B


  1. Abraham Almonte – CF
  2. Jake Goebbert – LF
  3. Tommy Medica – 1B
  4. Brett Wallace – 3B
  5. Rymer Liriano – RF
  6. Cody Decker – DH
  7. Ramiro Pena – SS
  8. Mike McCoy – 2B
  9. Rocky Gale – C


It’s warm here in El Paso, Texas, and it should be around 70 degrees tonight during the game. When I arrived yesterday it was extremely windy, but apparently that has died down for now.

The Rainiers expect to be dealing with some very cold temperatures on the second leg of this road trip, in high-elevation Albuquerque.

Let’s play a baseball game!


Finally, it’s game day. Let’s have a fantastic season.


One Response to Rainiers Play Tonight

  1. Jim Osmer says:

    Sad to see the most interesting player for Tacoma, Kivlehan, not starting. Play him everyday until his arms fall off.

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