The Third Is Here

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.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

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.

Links:

  • 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.

2 Responses to The Third Is Here

  1. Scopes says:

    Dude, you’ll find out next season … but anything more than 15 combined hits in this ballpark is an impressive feat #graveyard

  2. chaplainmark says:

    Mike,
    What is the bigger picture with Jesus Montero relating to call-up and possible trade? I’ve heard you on radio shows with great comments. I question his ability to be an everyday first baseman which significantly limits him in today’s MLB culture where players are asked to fill defensive roles and DH. Thanks, as always, Mike

    Sincerely,
    Mark

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