We had a bummer of an opening night on Thursday in Sacramento: rained out.
The forecast looked bad all evening, but it just drizzled a little bit in the afternoon… until 6:00, an hour before first pitch, when the skies opened up and we had a legit downpour that lasted past 10:00.
There was no chance to start the game.
So, we’ll try again tonight at 7:05. As I type this, it is still raining. We’ll see what happens tonight.
Thursday’s game was rescheduled as a doubleheader on Monday. Two seven-inning games, starting at 4:05 PM.
Yesterday: We got rained out. In California!
Roster Moves: The M’s activated Dillon Overton from the paternity leave list, and optioned Chase De Jong to Tacoma. When De Jong arrives the Rainiers will have to make a roster move to activate him.
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… one-time Rainiers outfielder Justin Ruggiano is playing for Sacramento… 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.
- We got rained out in Sacramento.
- The Mariners picked up their first win of the season last night, a 4-2 victory over Houston.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook covers the eventful week of Dillon Overton.
- USS Mariner posted an organization minor league preview.
- Baseball America ranked the Top 20 opening day rosters in the minor leagues in terms of prospects, and seven of the teams are in the PCL.
- Lookout Landing has a nice round-up of the season openers in the Mariners system.
- Defending champion El Paso coasted to an 8-1 win over visiting Las Vegas. Ex-Rainiers slugger Jabari Blash contributed a two-run double. Here’s a photo gallery. The paper also has a feature on starting pitcher Tyrell Jenkins.
- The twentieth season of Fresno Grizzlies baseball opened with a 13-6 loss to Reno. Rehabbing Astros pitcher Collin McHugh left early with arm tightness.
- Albuquerque beat Salt Lake in a satisfying home opener, 7-4. Ex-Rainiers infielder Dustin Ackley started for Salt Lake and went 1-for-4.
- Oklahoma City dropped its home opener to Iowa, 1-0, with the only run scoring in the top of the ninth inning. Trevor Oaks drew the opening day start for the Dodgers. The paper has a feature on top prospect Cody Bellinger. Meanwhile in Des Moines, the Iowa Cubs made some major announcements confirming their commitment to the city.
- Ryan Cordell drove in both runs to lead Colorado Springs to a 2-1 win over visiting Omaha. Top prospect Josh Hader pitched well for the Sky Sox.
- Round Rock walked off Nashville in the 11th inning, 2-1, as Preston Beck had the game-winning hit.
- And the one you were all waiting for… the first game in New Orleans Baby Cakes history went 13 innings before Memphis won it on Patrick Wisdom‘s homer, 5-4. New Orleans fans started a “Let’s Go Zephyrs!” chant.