Greetings from Sacramento, California, where the Tacoma Rainiers are opening the 2017 Pacific Coast League season!
The first game of the year is tonight at 7:05. It’s the start of a five-game road trip, all in Sacramento, before the Rainiers come home for the Cheney Stadium opener on Tuesday.
You can follow the Rainiers live, all 142 games home and away, on South Sound Sports 850 AM.
As in the past we’ll have a pregame show starting 15 minutes prior to first pitch. The pregame show will (almost always) include an interview with a Rainiers player or coach, or a person of interest from the PCL.
The Pat Listach Show with the Rainiers manager will air before every Sunday game. We’ll also have him on today, since it’s opening day.
After the game we have a postgame show which includes a scoring summary, highlights of key plays, and a major league scoreboard.
If you can’t pick up 850 AM where you live, all Rainiers games will stream live through the Rainiers website, and via the MiLB First Pitch smartphone app. I post the link every day in the game info box below.
Once again, MiLB TV is available for purchase. The subscription service gives you a streaming telecast of all Rainiers games, home and away – in fact, you get every Triple-A and Double-A game for one flat fee. It’s an in-house video feed with the audio of the home team’s radio broadcast layered on top of it. So if you watch tonight’s game, you’ll get Sacramento’s video production and their announcer. Quality of the video production varies greatly from stadium to stadium – some are very good, others not so much. To get more info or purchase, head over here.
Yesterday: The Rainiers flew to Sacramento, got settled in the hotel, and had a free evening.
Roster Moves: The latest transactions will appear here.
Today: Tacoma (81-62 last year) at Sacramento (69-75 last year), 7:05.
Opponent Affiliation: San Francisco Giants.
Season Series: Last year the teams split the season series, 8-8.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Sam Gaviglio (–) at RHP Chris Stratton (–).
Hot Rainiers: We’ll post a few notes on hot Rainiers players here, once we get going.
Look Out For: And some opponent notes go here. For example, Sacramento has one of the Giants top prospects in infielder Christian Arroyo.
Ex-Rainiers and Locals: First-year Sacramento manager Dave Brundage managed Tacoma in 2006. He’s spent the last ten years managing in the International League… River Cats pitching coach Dwight Bernard is an old friend, having served in the same role for Tacoma for seven years… lefty reliever Kraig Sitton is expected to be on Sacramento’s roster tonight; he pitched very well for Tacoma last year before leaving as a free agent… finally, ex-Rainiers and Mariners SS/3B/2B/1B/OF Michael Morse is on Sacramento’s disabled list.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 6:50 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.
- In celebration of Rainiers opening day, The News Tribune has a feature on outfielder Tyler O’Neill.
- Todd Milles has five questions entering the Tacoma Rainiers season opener.
- The paper has a look at the Rainiers opening day roster.
- Here’s a preview of the bad guys from a Sacramento-area newspaper.
- MiLB.com posted a Fan’s Guide To Opening Day and our game is highlighted.
- MLB.com posted the assignments of the 30 top prospects in the M’s organization.
- Baseball America released a massive Minor League Transactions list, and we learn that two Rainiers pitchers from last year were released by their new teams: Mayckol Guaipe and Jordan Pries are looking for work.
- Larry Stone talked to Jerry Dipoto about the differences between building the Astros and Mariners.
- We’ll link to Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebooks all season long. Today he has notes about team health and an expected roster move. In Wednesday’s edition, Felix Hernandez confirmed he’ll make his scheduled start on Sunday.
- Yesterday the Mariners finally took a lead – two of them, to be exact – only to lose on a walk-off pop fly home run in the bottom of the 13th inning.
- Tuesday the M’s fell to Houston, 2-1.
- I enjoyed Sam Miller’s article “How To Enjoy Baseball.”
Around the PCL
- Rainiers division rival Fresno has “a boatload of familiar names.”
- Salt Lake has assembled an experienced roster. Also: the Angels and Bees extended their Player Development Contract through 2020.
- Nashville has a new manager with lots of returning players.