The Rainiers are playing good baseball right now, but the team was stopped by a superior force on Wednesday night: nature.
A steady downpour caused the suspension of last night’s game. It will be resumed today at 3:35 (Pacific), with the score tied 2-2 and Salt Lake coming to the plate in the bottom of the fifth inning.
After the completion of the suspended game, the regularly scheduled game will be played. However, it will be shortened to seven innings due to Minor League Baseball rules.
There is concern about more rain tonight, but as I type this at ten in the morning it’s nothing but beautiful blue skies here in SLC.
Tacoma has won five of its last six games. The Rainiers just need a split of tonight’s games in order to claim a road series win against the Bees. The road trip moves on to Fresno on Friday.
Yesterday: Rain got in the way of a good baseball game, which was suspended in the middle of the fifth inning with the score tied, 2-2. Tacoma missed some scoring opportunities against Salt Lake starter Andrew Heaney, who allowed 10 hits but just two runs in five innings.
Roster Moves: None as of right now, but that could change by game time. Tacoma has two open roster spots.
Today: Tacoma (12-14) at Salt Lake (9-16) 3:35 PM (Pacific). Continuation of yesterday’s suspended game, followed by regularly scheduled game which will be shortened to seven innings.
Opponent Affiliation: Salt Lake is the Los Angeles Angels affiliate.
Season Series: Tacoma leads, 2-0
Starting Pitchers: Regularly scheduled game: RHP Sam Gaviglio (2-2, 4.00) at RHP Zach Stewart (1-2, 4.80).
Each team will go to its bullpen when the suspended game resumes.
Hot Rainiers: Infielder Ketel Marte already has two hits in the suspended game, extending his hitting streak to 12 games. James Jones has hit safely in all 11 games he has batted in this season. Franklin Gutierrez has reached base via hit or walk in 15 consecutive games; he homered twice on Tuesday night.
Look Out For: Fresno activated outfielder Roger Kieschnick from the disabled list Tuesday and he went 1-for-4. He missed nine games after fouling a ball off his toe, but he had a ten-game hitting streak at the time of the injury. He homered in the suspended game and is up to a 12-game streak.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 3:25 (Pacific) on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.
PCL Scoreboard: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.
- Here’s The News Tribune’s report on the Rainiers suspended game.
- Looks like we could be close to having Tom Wilhelmsen on a rehab assignment.
- The Mariners got walked off again, by another player more known for his Triple-A exploits than his MLB career. They’ve lost six of the last seven games.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook leads with the hot-hitting Logan Morrison.
- marc w at USS Mariner has a detailed look at Brad Miller‘s conversion to outfield.
- Baseball Prospectus has a free scouting report on Mariners prospect Alex Jackson. It’s a positive report even though Jackson is off to an abysmal start for Low-A Clinton.
- In the PCL, Las Vegas extended its win streak to 13 straight games with a 6-4 win at Albuquerque. That ties the 2008 Salt Lake Bees for longest PCL win streak in the last ten years. Pitching coach Frank Viola is having fun with his staff.
- The Rainiers roughed up Brett Oberholtzer in his first rehab start for Fresno, but he bounced back in a big way last night against El Paso. PCL home run leader Preston Tucker was called up by the Astros.
- Reno ended a six-game losing streak with a 6-3 win over Sacramento.
- A wind-aided homer gave Round Rock a 3-2 win at Omaha.
- New Orleans shortstop Miguel Rojas made a diving catch to start a double play, then had the game-winning hit in a 4-3 win at Oklahoma City.
- Dan Johnson has hit some big home runs, so last night’s three-run walk-off job to give Memphis a 6-5 win over Colorado Springs probably won’t even make his Top-10 list.
- Nashville ended a six-game losing streak when Kendall Graveman shut out Iowa, 6-0.
- Most broadcasters have a fear of being locked out of the booth. Between innings while the commercials are playing, you step outside for some reason, come back and… can’t get in. Well, the Milwaukee Brewers announcers were locked in their own booth.
- Do you have ten minutes? If you have ten minutes, watch this fun piece on a forgotten moment in baseball history.
OK, let’s play a game-and-a-half and see if the Rainiers can win two games. I know, that doesn’t add up, but whatever – this is just a weird situation.