Nashville’s First Tennessee Park

Tonight the Rainiers wrap up the series at Nashville’s First Tennessee Park, needing a win to get a series split.

This was Tacoma’s first trip to the PCL’s newest ballpark, which opened in April of 2015. Here are some pictures – click on any photo to expand it:

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The new ballpark sits on a site which has historically had a baseball stadium in Nashville

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View from down low behind home plate. It’s located maybe a quarter-mile from downtown Nashville.

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Looking in from the right field corner, where there is a lot of action…

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“The Band Box” is a bar in right field, with beer pong, music, mini golf, and a view of the game. Fans with any type of ticket can walk out here – it’s been packed all three nights of the series so far.

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Yes, I really said Mini Golf.

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View from left field seats. The light standards on the roof are angled oddly.

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View from the worst seat at First Tennessee Park.

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The outfield fence is uniform in height, but it takes a curvy path from foul pole to foul pole.

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I’m guessing the bullpens aren’t real popular with the players. Cool for the fans, though. 

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The new guitar-shaped scoreboard is incredible. This thing is massive, and it’s all in HD.

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Scoreboard view from “The Band Box” bar.

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File under ‘oddities’: I found this stack of cheap logo baseballs, locked up like it was a Faberge Egg.

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Aerial shot from the first game, gives you an idea how close the park is to downtown.

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View from the booth. Very nice visiting booth here – immediately one of the best in the league.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Taijuan Walker tossed 6.1 shutout innings, Dan Vogelbach hit a monster home run, and the Rainiers took a 6-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth. Then things got really scary, but they held on for a 6-4 victory. The Rainiers need a win tonight to get out of Music City with a series split.

‘Magic Number’: 14. That’s the total number of Tacoma wins + Fresno losses needed for the Rainiers to clinch the Pacific-North division title (without resorting to tiebreakers).

Roster Moves: Tacoma has added reliever Isaac Sanchez from Hi-A Bakersfield, where he posted a 2.97 ERA in 34 games. Sanchez had 73 strikeouts in 63 IP.

Today: Tacoma (72-53-1) at Nashville (72-54), 5:05 (Pacific).

Opponent Affiliation: Oakland A’s.

Season Series: Nashville leads, 2-1.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Zach Lee (0-6, 5.57) at RHP Raul Alcantara (3-0, 0.59)

Hot Rainiers: Dan Vogelbach is 8-for-22 with four doubles, a homer, and four walks in the last six games… Mike Freeman has hit safely in 12 of 13 games for Tacoma… Daniel Robertson reached base four times last night, and he is hitting .337 since the all-star break.

Look Out For: Jaycob Brugman had his ten-game hitting streak end last night, but he has reached base safely in 19 straight games… Arismendy Alcantara has reached base via hit or walk in 14 straight games, and he’s hitting .345 since the all-star break.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 4:50 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 covers Taijuan Walker‘s start, Dan Vogelbach‘s bomb, and the near-meltdown in the ninth.
  • The Mariners bid to win a four-game series on the road ended with a 6-4 loss to the Angels. Splittsville.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook tells us the team’s ownership change was officially approved, and notes that James Paxton should be starting for Tacoma tomorrow.

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