Happy July 3rd, everybody. It’s our biggest and best day of the year at Cheney Stadium, and we hope everyone has a great time.
We invite you to come out early if you have tickets – the gates open at five, and you can catch some batting practice (the visiting team usually hits from 5:00 to 5:45; the Rainiers hit earlier in the day before gates open). As first pitch approaches, there will be additional pregame ceremonies which should be a lot of fun.
Cheney Stadium will be operating at full capacity today. Be ready for the big crowd, and by all means have a great time. The postgame fireworks show will be outstanding.
Yesterday: Las Vegas scored five runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back in a 12-2 wipeout of the Rainiers. Tacoma can still win the four-game series with a victory tonight.
Roster Moves: Additional roster moves were made right before yesterday’s game. The Mariners signed veteran catcher Erik Kratz and he joined the Rainiers mid-game yesterday. He played in 15 games for Omaha in May and early June, belting four homers in 56 at-bats – here are his career stats. Tacoma added infielder Erick Mejia from the Arizona Rookie League to serve as shortstop depth; he made his Triple-A debut last night. Shawn O’Malley was placed on the 7-day disabled list with a swollen left hand.
Today: Las Vegas (46-35) at Tacoma (40-41), 7:20.
Opponent Affiliation: New York Mets.
Season Series: Tacoma leads, 4-3.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Rainy Lara (0-0, 4.50) at RHP Stephen Landazuri (1-3, 8.10)
Hot Rainiers: Jesus Montero is 12-for-19 over his last five games, and Stefen Romero is 7-for-17 over his last four games..
Look Out For: Alex Castellanos had three hits last night and is 9-for-17 over his past four contests.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 7:05 (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.
- The Rainiers game story details a rough outing for Tacoma starter Jordan Pries.
- The Mariners had just two hits in a 4-0 loss to Oakland.
- John McGrath has a new favorite pitcher.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook has lots of updates on current and former Rainiers players.
- The Rainiers may have lost yesterday, but they did not lose ground in the standings. First place Fresno suffered a stunning defeat in the bottom of the ninth inning at El Paso. The El Paso Times has a photo gallery – check out the second picture to see the Chihuahuas Independence Day jerseys, which aren’t exactly uncouth.
- Albuquerque topped Reno, 4-3, and the Journal’s headline writers are enjoying having Trevor Story on the team.
- Sacramento trounced Salt Lake, 10-3. Word out of San Francisco is that the Giants are calling up some unexpected players from the River Cats.
- Aaron Brooks pitched Omaha to a 5-2 win over visiting New Orleans.
- The Tennessean called Colorado Springs 4-3 win over Nashville a “slugfest” because there were 24 hits. That’s not how we do it on this side of the PCL.
- Rehabbing Jorge Soler helped Iowa defeat Round Rock, 5-4.
- Oklahoma City hit three homers in an 8-4 win at Memphis. Oklahoma City is 25 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 1999 season.
- No Mariners appear on this week’s Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet.
This is the last game of the homestand. We’ll be celebrating the Fourth of July with a night game in Fresno tomorrow.