The Rainiers lost to Fresno on Sunday afternoon, 10-3.
It was a beautiful day, we had a great crowd, and the game was… not good for the hometown nine.
Manager Daren Brown left early, getting tossed in the second inning when Conor Gillaspie’s foul ball down the right field line was mistaken for a home run by the home plate umpire. Photos by Rainiers team photographer Dick Trask.
Tonight’s game is at 7:05 and the Rainiers will try to slow down a red-hot Fresno team. Fresno is 14-4, they have won 7 of the last 8, and they are an amazing 8-2 on the road. Tonight Tacoma starts RHP Forrest Snow (0-2, 6.43) agains Fresno RHP Andrew Kown (2-0, 2.20). You can hear the broadcast on 850 AM in Tacoma and streaming online right here – Bob Robertson joins me in the booth and will call the middle innings tonight.
- Here is the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune, written by Doug Pacey. Daren Brown wasn’t too concerned about the call that led to his ejection – probably because in the end, it didn’t really effect the outcome.
- Our video page has the highlight of Brandon Bantz going deep for his first Triple-A hit.
- Larry LaRue got a lot of player reaction to the perfect game – good stuff in here.
- The Mariners were swept by the White Sox and had a disappointing homestand.
- John McGrath writes that the Mariners veterans need to step up. As always, McGrath closes out his column with a stinger.
- Geoff Baker is concerned that the Mariners might lose the fanbase early in the season.
- Steve Kelley writes that it is time for the Mariners to grow up.
- The weekly Minor League Wrap from USS Mariner is thorough, as usual.
- Former Rainiers pitcher Derek Lowe had his World Series ring stolen. That’s cold-blooded.
- A fantastic story from Jim Caple about interrupting his bike ride to cover the perfect game at Safeco on Saturday. Anyone in the newspaper business will enjoy this one.
- Health issues are forcing former Tacoma Tigers manager Ed Nottle to spend the summer away from baseball. Get well, Singing Ed!
- It looks like the Oakland A’s are giving up on the two Sacramento River Cats that they were trying out at third base. They also shipped out Graham Godfrey in favor of Jarrod Parker in the starting rotation.
- In the PCL, Salt Lake blasted Tucson, 16-1. Super-prospect Mike Trout tripled and then was hit by a pitch, and he left the game – but I heard his morning that it was precautionary and he may be able to play today.
- Reno starting pitcher Charles Brewer woke up in Mobile, AL, flew to Reno, and got pounded by Sacramento in his Triple-A debut. Chris Carter blasted three home runs for the Cats.
- Jesse Chavez pitched well and earned the win as Las Vegas took down Colorado Springs on Sunday, 9-2.
- Iowa edged Memphis 2-1 as Chris Rusin tossed a gem.
- Jarrod Dyson is really making things happen for Omaha. He’s one of the most fun players to watch in the PCL – speed is his entire game, so he needs to do things to take advantage of it, and he’s been on a roll this year.
- It took 14 innings, but Albuquerque topped Oklahoma City, 11-10. Former Rainiers catcher Josh Bard went 4-for-8 with a homer and four RBI for Albuquerque.
- So much for the vaunted New Orleans pitching staff – they got beat by Round Rock yesterday, 10-0.
Another sunny day in April in Tacoma? We’ll take it! Berm tickets are just $5 tonight and tomorrow – bring your blanket to sit on.