Last year we set a Rainiers-era record by having eight rainouts at Cheney Stadium. It was, in a word, gross.
I was hoping that this year we would flip it entirely and have zero home rainouts. When we survived the April homestand without even incurring a rain delay, I thought we might make it.
We had out first rainout of the year last night, and it even came with a tease: after raining steadily all day, it trickled down to almost nothing at 5:30, and the grounds crew pulled the tarp and spent an hour preparing the field for the game.
Then at 6:30 another big rain cloud appeared, the radar outlook turned bleak, and the field was covered and it started raining hard. That was that.
So, we’re playing a doubleheader today at 6:05. It will be two seven-inning games, per Minor League Baseball rules. One ticket gets you in to both, and there will be about a 25-minute break between games. And it’s Thirsty Thursday, too.
Yesterday: We got rained out. On Tuesday, Jett Bandy continued his torrid streak for Salt Lake, homering twice including the go-ahead three-run blast in the eighth inning as the Bees beat Tacoma, 4-3.Sam Gaviglio had a strong start for Tacoma and left with a 2-1 lead, but the bullpen could not hold on.
Today: Doubleheader: Salt Lake (13-19) at Tacoma (14-19) 6:05 PM.
Opponent Affiliation: Salt Lake is the LA Angels affiliate.
Season Series: Salt Lake leads, 3-2.
- Game One: LHP Adam Wilk (1-2, 5.40) at RHP Forrest Snow (1-2, 3.09).
- Game Two: RHP Zach Stewart (1-2, 3.79) at LHP Mike Montgomery (3-2, 3.19)
Hot Rainiers: John Hicks hit another homer on Tuesday night. He has homered in three of the last four games, including back-to-back outings. These are his first three homers of the season.
Look Out For: Catcher Jett Bandy is on a crazy tear over his last five games, going 11-for-18 with three HRs and 14 RBIs.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 5:50 (Pacific) 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.
- After the game was called, Todd Milles caught up with Rainiers catcher John Hicks.
- The Mariners had a game of missed opportunities and split the series with the Padres. I suppose that means Eddie gets to keep the Vedder Cup.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook is chock full o’ notes.
- ESPN Insiders can read this “quantifying” of Felix Hernandez.
- Baseball Prospectus subscribers can read why Taijuan Walker has struggled.
- In the PCL, Fresno first baseman Jon Singleton went super-bonkers in Albuquerque, driving in ten runs in a 17-6 win. That’s right: ten RBIs. He was 4-for-6 with two homers (one grand slam).
- Darrin Gorski pitched well and Las Vegas topped Sacramento, 5-1. Vegas has gone 18-2 in its last 20 games. (Nice lede by writer Todd Dewey).
- Reno walked off El Paso on Danny Dorn‘s two-run homer in the bottom of the tenth. The Aces have won seven-of-eight.
- Memphis had two big innings in a 9-4 win at Colorado Springs.
- Brandon Bantz and Reid Brignac each had three hits for New Orleans in a 10-4 wipeout of Oklahoma City.
- Iowa reliever Blake Copper lives with his wife in a camper parked at a nearby theme park. His I-Cubs scored all three runs in the ninth to beat Nashville last night, 3-2.
- Omaha and Round Rock got rained out in Texas.
- It’s two months away, but Omaha is gearing up to host the Triple-A All-Star Game. Actually, this event takes over a year to prepare for.
- Check out Baseball America’s story on the 25 best ballparks in the minors.