Double Dip Today

Last night’s game was postponed early due to the wild wind and rain we had yesterday, so we are playing two seven-inning games today.

The first will be at 1:35, and the second game starts at 5:35.

The team is forced to do split admissions because of the large advance ticket sale for the final two home games of the season, so here is a reminder:

  • Tickets for Sunday’s game are good for the 1:35 game.
  • Tickets for Saturday’s postponed game are good for the 5:35 game.

We know this is unusual and a tad bit confusing, but it’s the hand we were dealt.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Ohhhh, the wind and rain

Blash-O-Meter: Jabari Blash has hit seven homers in his last 13 games, and 11 in his last 21 games. He is hitting .270-17-36 in 41 games since coming back from Double-A.

Roster Move: The Mariners recalled Mayckol Guaipe for relief help, and optioned Mike Montgomery to Tacoma. That was announced moments before I started working on this post – with rosters expanding on Tuesday, I’m not sure yet if Montgomery is going to pitch for Tacoma, or not.

Today: Nashville (60-74) at Tacoma (64-70), 7:05.

Opponent Affiliation: Oakland A’s.

Season Series: Tacoma leads, 2-0.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Zach Neal (7-9, 3.94) at RHP Adrian Sampson (2-3, 6.91) in the first game, TBA vs. RHP Chien-Ming Wang (3-4, 5.50) in the second game.

Hot Rainiers: Patrick Kivlehan extended his hitting streak to nine games, going 17-for-38 with five homers and six doubles during the streak… Sean O’Malley has had three consecutive three-hit games… Tony Zilch Zych has pitched a scoreless outing in 21 of his last 22 relief appearances (including his brief stint at Double-A).

Look Out For: Jason Pridie has a nine-game hitting streak into tonight’s contest… Craig Gentry has hit safely in seven straight games.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 1:20 (Pacific) on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here. Bob Robertson joins me in the booth for the first game. We’ll take a break between games, and the second game’s broadcast will start at 5:30.

PCL Scoreboard: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.

Links:

  • The Rainiers game story has details about today’s games.
  • My weekly minor league notebook for The News Tribune looks at rising relief prospects Tony Zych and Paul Fry. I also made my PCL MVP prediction (note: in recent years I’ve been bad at this).
  • Things got dicey, but the Mariners held on for a 7-6 win over the White Sox on Saturday.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook has all of the latest tidbits and details.
  • Larry Stone writes that the Mariners need to rebuild, and must at least consider the possibility of trading Felix Hernandez. Not sure I agree with him on this one (the second part, that is).
  • Baseball needs to add netting down the lines to protect the fans, Ryan Divish writes.
  • In the PCL, El Paso missed a chance to pick up a game on first place Las Vegas. Mike Bolsinger pitched Oklahoma City to a 4-1 win last night, and the Chihuahuas are still 2.5 games out of first. The game was delayed by a runaway wiener dog on the field – here’s the video.
  • Joey Gallo homered to support Chi Chi Gonzalez as Round Rock took down Las Vegas, 4-1.
  • Iowa swept a doubleheader from Sacramento, which included a walk-off in the 12th inning of game two.
  • Omaha used an “early onslaught” to beat down Fresno, 9-5. Big game for The Butler, Cheslor Cuthbert.
  • Albuquerque shortstop Trevor Story hit a two-run single in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Isotopes a thrilling 6-5 win over Colorado Springs in front of a huge crowd. Albuquerque has only two players who have been on the roster all season long.
  • The New Orleans Zephyrs set a positive franchise record: most shutouts pitched in a season. They tossed their 15th of the year in a 4-0 win over Salt Lake.
  • Reno beat Memphis 8-2 and is making a push to reach the .500 mark.

The final home games of the are season today, but we roll on to Salt Lake City for four games starting Monday night.

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