Here we are, July 3rd – the annual Fireworks Extravaganza at Cheney Stadium.
This is always one of the most fun nights of the year. The fireworks show is longer & better than the regular Friday night editions, and we celebrate our nation’s birthday with added patriotic elements.
Make sure you get to your seats by 7:00 for the pregame fun. First pitch will be at 7:20 to accommodate the pregame ceremonies.
The Major League All-Star teams were announced yesterday, and two former Tacoma Rainiers were honored.
Congratulations to Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak, and Kansas City Royals pitcher Jason Vargas, on being named All-Stars. Each is a first-time All-Star.
Smoak is batting .303 with 22 homers and 52 RBI. He played for Tacoma for parts of five seasons, 2010-2014.
Vargas is 12-3 with a 2.12 ERA for the Royals. He pitched for Tacoma in 2009.
The Rainiers picked up a nice 5-2 win on Sunday afternoon, with Leonys Martin driving in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh inning. He had three hits on the day.
Tacoma can get a split of the Albuquerque series and call it a winning homestand with a victory tonight.
Then the Rainiers fly to Reno early tomorrow morning to try to spoil the Aces Fourth of July festivities.
Yesterday: Tacoma pitchers Cody Martin, Ryne Harper, Jonathan Aro, and Emilio Pagan combined to limit Albuquerque to five hits while striking out 12 in the Rainiers 5-2 victory on Sunday.
Roster Moves: Prior to Sunday’s game, the Mariners called up Boog Powell and optioned pitcher Max Povse to Tacoma. Also, the Rainiers activated Ryne Harper from the disabled list.
Today: Albuquerque (40-42) at Tacoma (42-39), 7:20.
Opponent Affiliation: Colorado Rockies.
Season Series: Tacoma leads, 5-4.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Barry Enright (4-2, 5.94) at RHP Casey Lawrence (1-0, 4.98).
Hot Rainiers: Andrew Aplin has a nine-game hitting streak, and he is 15-for-43 with 12 RBI over his last 16 games… Leonys Martin hit .327 with five homers in June, and he has been successful in his last 18 stolen base attempts.
Look Out For: Infielder Ryan McMahon has been the big story for the Isotopes, batting .408 in 29 games since being promoted from Double-A Hartford. He’s had four games of four-or-more hits, and he had back-to-back two-homer games against Fresno, June 15-16… Jordan Patterson has been hot during this series, going 6-for-12 with three doubles.
Ex-Rainiers and Local Guys: Albuquerque doesn’t have any – unless you want to count Ryan Carpenter, who was born and raised in Arizona but played college baseball at Gonzaga.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 7:00 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.
- The News Tribune has a Rainiers game story today, with reaction from manager Pat Listach.
- Rainiers team president Aaron Artman was on Q13 talking about the Triple-A All-Star Game.
- Edwin Diaz got a tough four-out save as the Mariners edged the Angels on Sunday, 5-3. Seattle took the series, two games to one. Three takeaways from the game.
- Diaz got John McGrath thinking about young closers.
- The Mariners All-Star is Nelson Cruz.
PCL Game Reports:
- Nobody gained any ground on first place Reno yesterday. The Aces swept a doubleheader at El Paso, 12-0 and 4-3.
- Fresno is the hottest team in Minor League Baseball. The Grizzlies won their tenth in a row, 4-2 at Sacramento. Sacramento’s Christian Arroyo broke his hand and may be out for the season.
- Salt Lake blew an early 5-0 lead and lost at home to Las Vegas, 12-7. Amed Rosario had three hits and three RBI.
- Round Rock beat Iowa, 8-4, but all of the focus is on Iowa’s Kyle Schwarber and his Zunino-like trip to the PCL.
- Colorado Springs hit six homers and pitched a shutout in an 11-0 win at Omaha. The Sky Sox lead the Nine Game Mega Series, 7-1.
- Nashville beat Oklahoma City, 5-4, on a throwing error in the bottom of the ninth inning.
- The New Orleans Baby Cakes crawled all over Memphis, 10-3.