Today the man who ranks fourth in the American League in batting average is going to get a hit in a Triple-A game. He’ll probably be taking batting practice at Safeco Field when it happens.
At 4:30 this afternoon, Tacoma and Sacramento are resuming a game which was suspended due to rain on April 7th. The game was halted in the bottom of the first inning of a scoreless tie.
The stats from that game have not been added to the official record yet. In the top of the first inning, then-Rainiers outfielder Ben Gamel singled to left field and recorded Tacoma’s first hit of the season.
Gamel has gone on to be one of the surprises of the major leagues. He was called up by Seattle on April 26, and he’s currently batting .328 – 14 points behind AL leader Jose Altuve.
To complete the suspended game, the managers have to use the original lineups and can use their current roster to substitute for any player no longer on the team. Here is the Rainiers lineup from April 7.
- Mike Freeman – 2B
- Tyler O’Neill – RF
- Ben Gamel – CF
- Gordon Beckham – 3B
- Dan Vogelbach – DH
- D.J. Peterson – 1B
- Tyler Smith – SS
- James Ramsey – LF
- Tuffy Gosewisch – C
Six of the Rainiers position players are on the team today. Since Sacramento will be batting when play resumes, Tacoma will send out new defenders to replace the departed Freeman, Gamel, and Ramsey.
The first pitch of the game is going to be important.
Play will resume with Sacramento pinch runners at second and third, with one out. The two batters who reached base on April 7th against rehabilitating Tacoma starter Tony Zych are currently in the majors with the San Francisco Giants.
The rain came while Justin Ruggiano was in the middle of an at-bat. Against all odds, Ruggiano is actually on Sacramento’s roster right now, three months and a day later.
Tacoma is bringing in Casey Lawrence to pitch, runners at second and third, one out, and a 2-2 count on Ruggiano…
We’ll pick it up from there.
The suspended game will be a nine inning game, as it originally started. The regularly scheduled game will start 30 minutes after the suspended game finishes, and will be a seven-inning game.
Yesterday: The Rainiers won on ‘bullpen day’ in Sacramento, 2-1. Jonathan Aro, Ryan Kelly, Ryne Harper, and Jean Machi combined to pitch a two-hitter.
Today: Tacoma (45-41) at Sacramento (33-53), 4:35, doubleheader.
Opponent Affiliation: San Francisco Giants.
Season Series: Tacoma leads, 6-4.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Casey Lawrence (2-0, 3.52) at LHP Andrew Suarez (2-2, 4.01).
That’s the listed match-up for the first game, which is the completion of the suspended game from April 7. Each team is listed as TBA for the Game Two starters.
Hot Rainiers: Leonys Martin has been successful in his last 20 stolen base attempts… he’s gone 8-for-19 in his last four games, boosting his batting average over the .300 mark… D.J. Peterson has hit safely in six straight games (11-for-25)… Tyler O’Neill has hit eight homers in the last 15 games, and he has a six-game hitting streak.
Look Out For: Chris Shaw has gone 15-for-36 over his last ten games… Juan Ciriaco is 8-for-15 during a four game hitting streak… don’t load the bases for Orlando Calixte. He’s 7-for-8 this season when batting with the bases packed.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 4:20 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.
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