Three Straight Wins For Tacoma

April 26, 2015

The Rainiers opened up this quick four-game road trip with a victory in Sacramento on Saturday night. For details on how it happened, check the first link down below.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: The Rainiers had terrific pitching from Forrest Snow, Joe Beimel, and Logan Bawcom in a 6-1 series-opening win at Sacramento on Saturday night. The Rainiers went 4-for-4 stealing bases, including a delayed double steal of home plate with Carlos Rivero and Pat Kivlehan.

Today: Tacoma (7-10) at Sacramento (8-9) 1:05 PM (Pacific).

Opponent Affiliation: Sacramento is the San Francisco Giants affiliate.

Season Series: Tacoma leads, 1-0.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Sam Gaviglio (1-1, 3.60) at LHP Ty Blach (0-2, 5.60).

Roster Move: Yesterday the Rainiers added Joe Beimel from extended spring training, filling Lucas Luetge‘s spot on the roster. Today the Rainiers are losing Roenis Elias to Seattle, and adding pitcher Andrew Kittredge from extended spring training.

Hot Rainiers: The bullpen, as a unit. Tacoma relievers have pitched a total of ten scoreless innings during this three-game win streak. Jesus Montero had another hit last night; he has hit safely in 15 of 16 games this season. Chris Taylor has three straight two-hit games.

Look Out For: Sacramento’s Adam Duvall has been one of the top hitters in the league so far, batting .400 with four homers and 16 RBI. He hit for the cycle on Sunday in Salt Lake City.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 12:50 (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.

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Daytime baseball in Sacramento. Let’s see if the Rainiers can make it four in a row.


Rainiers Top ‘Topes With Pitching, Defense

April 25, 2015

We had a spectacular finish to Tacoma’s 3-2 win over Albuquerque on Friday night.

Nursing a one-run lead in the ninth, reliever Mayckol Guaipe allowed a leadoff triple to Albuquerque’s Ben Paulsen. Obviously this was big trouble.

With the infield drawn in, Guaipe struck out Ryan Casteel for the first out.

Next up, the dangerous Tim Wheeler pulled a hard chopper to the right side. First baseman Jesus Skinny Montero – now featuring cat-like reflexes –  made a lunging backhand stab of the ball, froze the runner at third, and then raced to first and slid in to beat Wheeler to the bag. His feet-first slide allowed him to pop back up onto his feet and make sure Paulsen hadn’t budged from third.

Guaipe then retired the next hitter on a flyout to end the game.

Montero’s defensive play serves as a snapshot of how his physical transformation has changed him as a player. There was no way he could have made this play last year. No chance.

There is more on Montero in the game story below.

Tacoma has had great starting pitching for two days in a row, with Mike Montgomery and Jordan Pries turning in consecutive terrific starts. Both days the bullpen has followed with shutout relief.

Friday’s win earned a series split with Albuquerque. Tacoma has won back-to-back games for the second time this season, and looks to make it three straight for the first time tonight.

The Rainiers open a four-game series in Sacramento tonight. Then the team returns home to host Fresno starting on Thursday and lasting through the weekend.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Tacoma pitchers Jordan Pries and Mayckol Guaipe shut down Albuquerque, with Guaipe nailing down a tough save. Jesus Montero drove in a pair of runs and made a game-saving web gem at first base in the ninth inning.

Today: Tacoma (6-10) at Sacramento (8-8) 7:05 PM (Pacific).

Opponent Affiliation: Sacramento is the San Francisco Giants affiliate.

Season Series: 0-0.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Forrest Snow (0-1, 5.40) at LHP Braulio Lara (0-2, 8.78)

Snow is filling in for scheduled starter Roenis Elias, who is “not available” for reasons which should be clear tomorrow.

Roster Move: yesterday the Mariners placed Hisashi Iwakuma on the disabled list and recalled reliever Lucas Luetge from Tacoma. Tacoma now has an open roster spot which could be filled before today’s game.

Hot Rainiers: Jesus Montero had two more hits and two RBIs last night. He has hit safely in 14 of 15 games this season.

Look Out For: Sacramento’s Adam Duvall has been one of the top hitters in the league so far, batting .424 with four homers and 16 RBI. He hit for the cycle on Sunday in Salt Lake City.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 6:50 (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.

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  • The Rainiers game story has quotes from Jordan Pries and Jesus Montero.
  • Felix Hernandez pitched a shutout and the Mariners beat the Twins on Friday night, 2-0. Seattle has won four of the last six games and is now 7-9 on the season.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook has the low-down on the Hisashi Iwakuma situation and a note on a record Felix is closing in on.
  • Ex-Rainiers outfielder Michael Saunders is about to be activated by the Toronto Blue Jays.
  • In the PCL, the El Paso Chihuahuas broke out their brooms and swept away the Sacramento River Cats with a 6-1 victory on Friday. Jason Lane tossed a gem.
  • Las Vegas starter Steven Matz had a no-hitter broken up with two outs in the seventh inning of a 12-0 defrocking of Reno.
  • Fresno at Salt Lake was suspended due to rain in the tenth inning with the score tied 3-3. The teams don’t see each other again until June, so this game is going to be in limbo for a long time.
  • Jerad Eickhoff had a Triple-A debut to remember: the newest pitcher on the Round Rock Express had a no-hit bid spoiled with one out in the ninth inning against Colorado Springs. He had to settle for an 11-strikeout, 7-2 victory.
  • Triple-A rookie Max Muncy had a big game at the plate and Nashville put away Oklahoma City early. The A’s called up Muncy today.
  • Memphis closer Sam Tuivailala survived a wild ninth to slam the door on an 8-7 win at Omaha.
  • Iowa turned four double plays in a 2-1 win over New Orleans, but may have lost pitcher Barret Loux in the process.

The Rainiers Could Use A Win

April 20, 2015

Well, we’re 11 games into the season and I suppose it’s time to address this: the Rainiers aren’t winning very often.

Tacoma blew two leads and lost to El Paso on Sunday afternoon, 9-7. The team is 0-3 on this homestand and needs a win today to avoid being swept.

On top of that, the Rainiers have lost seven of the last eight games and are now sitting in last place in the Pac-North with a 3-8 record. The Rainiers are already five games behind first place Sacramento.

Tacoma’s offense ranks 3rd in the league (16 teams) in runs scored, but they have allowed the fourth-most runs in the league.

It’s early, yes. The Rainiers got unlucky on the road trip with four straight one-run losses, yes. Heck, the team even has a positive run differential (they have outscored their opponents, 66-62). But a win sure would feel good.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Tacoma’s rough start to the season continued with a 9-7 loss to El Paso. The Rainiers were ahead 5-0 after three innings and took a 6-5 lead into the eighth, only to see the game get away.

Today: El Paso (7-4) at Tacoma (3-8) 6:05 PM (Pacific).

Opponent Affiliation: El Paso is the San Diego Padres farm club.

Season Series: El Paso leads, 5-2.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Aaron Northcraft (1-1, 12.15) at LHP Roenis Elias (1-0, 8.44)

Keep an eye on the first inning tonight: Elias has been rocked in the first inning in each of his two starts so far. Each time he then settled down and pitched nicely into the middle of the game.

Hot Rainiers: Chris Taylor has hit safely in six straight games (7-for-22). It was just one game, but Ketel Marte was locked in yesterday reaching base four times with two hits and two walks.

Look Out For: El Paso’s veteran corner infielder Brett Wallace has a ten-game hitting streak, which is the longest active streak in the PCL right now.

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.

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Let’s see if the Rainiers can get a win today.


Rainiers Fall In Electric Opener

April 18, 2015

Fans seemed to be having fun at the Tacoma Rainiers home opener on Friday night, but unfortunately most of the excitement came in the pregame ceremonies.

Edgar Martinez arrived via helicopter to throw out the first pitch, and he received his PCL Hall of Fame plaque (now we’ve got to get him into that other Hall).

With the teams lined up along the baselines, Rhubarb The Raindeer made his flag-waving entrance running between on-field fireworks. He managed to do this without igniting his Rainiers flag, so we’re calling it a win.

We had an A-grade color guard and a performance of the Star Spangled Banner.

A crowd of over 6,500 packed the house and provided good energy throughout the game.

Then the Rainiers struck out 14 times and lost to El Paso, 4-2.

There were some good moments. The svelte Jesus Montero had two hits including a long double, and he showed his improved mobility by tagging up from second and taking third base on a fly out. James Jones and Ketel Marte stole bases, and the Rainiers brought the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth.

But there was a lot of concern for Jones, who was helped off the field after a play at third base in the third inning.

Running on the pitch, Jones went into third with a head-first dive. The third baseman Brett Wallace was covering the bag, and Jones banged his head against Wallace’s knee. Jones was taken to the hospital to be checked for a concussion. We should learn more about his status today.

We’ll do it again this afternoon/evening – hopefully with a better result for the hometown nine.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: The Rainiers lost to El Paso, 4-2, in the home opener at Cheney Stadium. Tacoma batters struck out 14 times, and starting pitcher Mike Kickham allowed just two runs in five innings but both scored on bases-loaded walks.

Today: El Paso (5-4) at Tacoma (3-6) 5:05 PM (Pacific).

Opponent Affiliation: El Paso is the San Diego Padres farm club.

Season Series: El Paso leads, 3-2.

Starting Pitchers: LHP Mike Montgomery (1-0, 1.50) vs. RHP Bryce Morrow (0-1, 1.80)

Montgomery was terrific in his Tacoma Rainiers debut on Monday in Albuquerque, allowing just one run over six innings while generating lots of ground ball outs. Tacoma has never faced Morrow before.

Rehabber: Chris Taylor continued his rehabilitation assignment on Friday, playing the entire game at shortstop and going 1-for-4 at the plate. He made his first error when a grounder kicked off his glove.

Injury Update: James Jones left the game in the third inning with a possible concussion; we should learn more about his status today. Stefen Romero missed his fourth straight game with back tightness.

Hot Rainiers: Jesus Montero singled in Tacoma’s first run and later added a double. He has hit safely in all nine games this season.

Look Out For: Veteran corner infielder Brett Wallace has a eight-game hitting streak. Catcher Austin Hedges has an RBI in five straight games (nine total RBIs in that span).

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 4:50 (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.

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  • The Rainiers game story from The News Tribune sets the scene and includes a couple of nice photos.
  • Jack Zduriencik reveals that the Mariners hope to assign Danny Hultzen to minor league affiliate in May.
  • The Mariners dropped their fourth straight game yesterday. On the bright side, at least they pitched well.
  • Good quote from Fernando Rodney which reveals the mindset that a closer must have.
  • Todd Milles caught up with Mariners rookie reliever Tyler Olson.
  • The big story in the PCL last night was the grand opening of First Tennessee Park in Nashville. The new ballpark has a major league feel, fans say. The Sounds beat Colorado Springs on Max Muncy‘s walk-off. The Tennessean has a photo gallery.
  • Las Vegas nearly overcame a 9-1 deficit but ended up losing to Fresno 11-10 in the Cashman Field opener. Fresno is 7-2 on the year.
  • The Salt Lake Bees lost their home opener to Sacramento and are now 1-8 on the year. Now that’s a rough start.
  • Hall of Famer Randy Johnson‘s pregame talk to the Reno Aces didn’t work – they got creamed in their home opener by Albuquerque, 11-2.
  • The Iowa Cubs played a Kris Bryantless home opener and lost to Oklahoma City, 3-2. The Register has a photo gallery.
  • I love this headline, about a triple play hurting the momentum for Omaha. Indeed, triple plays tend to do that. New Orleans beat the Storm Chasers, 5-3.
  • The Round Rock Express are experiencing more weather issues that they would like. Their home opener against Memphis was suspended in the second inning due to rain.

Rainiers Snare Win Before Home Opener

April 17, 2015

Facing the prospect of being swept in a four-game series right before the home opener, the Tacoma Rainiers responded with their best-pitched game of the season in an 11-inning, 3-1 victory over Albuquerque on Thursday afternoon.

Sam Gaviglio, Logan Bawcom, Mark Lowe, and Justin Germano combined to limit the Isotopes to five hits over 11 innings.

The stellar joint effort by the four pitchers enabled the Rainiers to get a win by taking advantage of two Albuquerque fielding mistakes in the top of the 11th.

This team needed the win.

Tacoma had lost four straight games, and amazingly all four of them were one-run defeats. In each game, the Rainiers opponent won in its final at-bat – and two of them came on walk-off homers.

Thursday’s game was the first close win the Rainiers have secured this season. The other two victories came by scores of 10-2 and 17-5.

So now it’s time for the home opener, tonight. Listed start time is 7:05, but that’s when the opening ceremonies will begin. I’ve been told that we should expect a good show before the game even starts – so make sure you’re in your seats at the top of the hour.

For radio and webstream listeners/viewers, we’ll be starting the Rainiers pregame show at 7:15.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: The Rainiers snapped a four-game losing streak by beating Albuquerque in the 11th inning, 3-1. Sam Gaviglio carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and left at the end of the frame with the score tied, 1-1. Leury Bonilla doubled to open the 11th and scored when Albuquerque pitcher Simon Castro threw the ball away after fielding a James Jones bunt.

Today: El Paso (4-4) at Tacoma (3-5) 7:30 PM (Pacific).

Opponent Affiliation: El Paso is the San Diego Padres farm club.

Season Series: 2-2. The two teams split a four-gamer in El Paso to open the season.

Starting Pitchers: LHP Mike Kickham (0-0, 10.38) vs. RHP James Needy (0-0, 12.27)

This is a rematch of Sunday’s game, which was the final game of the season-opening four-game series in El Paso. The Chihuahuas won, 7-6, but neither starting pitcher was around when El Paso scored the winning run in the eighth. Kickham had trouble with walks, while the Rainiers were able to hit Needy around a bit.

Rehabber: Chris Taylor played the entire game at shortstop on Wednesday, and then took Thursday off (it was the first off-day of his rehabilitation assignment). He’s supposed to play today.

Injury Update: Stefen Romero missed his third straight game with back tightness.

Hot Rainiers: Jesus Montero hit safely in all eight games on the road trip, including a 3-for-5 performance yesterday. Shawn O’Malley and James Jones carry five-game streaks into tonight’s home opener.

Look Out For: Veteran corner infielder Brett Wallace has a seven-game hitting streak and is batting .500 (12-for-24) on the season. Catcher Austin Hedges is also on a roll, going 8-for-15 with 8 RBI in his last four games.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 7:15 (Pacific) on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here. Pacific Northwest sportscasting legend Bob Robertson will join me on the air tonight, and for all Sunday home games this season.

PCL Scoreboard: follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.

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The weather is perfect today for a Home Opener. Let’s all have a great time at the park tonight!


Gutierrez Thriving

April 15, 2015

The Rainiers dropped their fourth straight one-run game on Wednesday night – and this one was unlucky; check the game story down below – but they do have some positives right now.

One of the positive notes is the play of outfielder Franklin Gutierrez, who has looked really solid at the plate despite taking the entire 2014 season off.

Gutierrez had two more hits last night. The second one was an opposite-field line drive double over the right fielder’s head which hit the base of the wall on the fly. This two-run double tied the game in the eighth inning.

He’s started six of the seven games so far and is batting .409, with nine hits in 22 at-bats. Five of his nine hits have gone for extra bases (four doubles, one homer). He’s driving the ball to all fields – he also hit a very long double to right in El Paso earlier on the trip.

Mariners fans know Gutierrez as a center fielder, but he has played left field in five of the six games. He has one game in center, but James Jones has seen the majority of the starts there.

It’s good to have a healthy Gutierrez in the lineup and producing. Maybe the SABR Biography* on his major league career can’t be written just yet.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Albuquerque beat the Rainiers for the third straight day, 7-6. All three wins have been by one run.

Rehabber: Chris Taylor went 1-for-3 with a walk and scored a run. He played the entire game at shortstop for the first time on his rehabilitation assignment.

Injury Update: James Jones returned to the lineup last night, but Stefen Romero missed his second straight game with back tightness.

Today: Tacoma (2-5) at Albuquerque (5-2), 11:05 AM (Pacific).

Opponent Affiliation: Albuquerque is now the Colorado Rockies farm club.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Sam Gaviglio (1-0, 0.00) vs. LHP John Lannan (0-0, 0.00)

This is an interesting match-up as each pitcher tossed shutout ball in his season debut. Gaviglio went five scoreless at El Paso and Lannan delivered six shutout against Reno. Gaviglio is a Triple-A rookie and Lannan has lots of Major League experience.

Hot Rainiers: Jesus Montero is the last man standing in the “get a hit in every game” club. He went 1-for-4 with 2 RBI yesterday and has hit safely in all seven games.

Look Out For: A sweep. Yuck. The Rainiers made it through the entire 2014 season without being swept. The last time they were swept was July 30 to August 2 of 2013, when Omaha wiped ’em out in a four-gamer at Cheney Stadium.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 10:50 AM (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.

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  • The Rainiers game story from The News Tribune explains how the team got unlucky on Wednesday.
  • Tacoma catcher John Baker told the Albuquerque Journal about how Mixed Martial Arts training helps him with the mental aspects of baseball.
  • The Mariners were swept by the Dodgers and get a needed off-day to regroup today. They start a nine-game homestand on Friday.
  • Lloyd McClendon is committed to Fernando Rodney as his closer, Bob Dutton writes in his Mariners Notebook.
  • Just nine games into the season, this ESPN writer says all of the Mariners biggest preseason concerns have been the team’s biggest problems so far.
  • In the PCL, Fresno scored seven runs in the first inning didn’t actually beat Salt Lake until the 11th inning, 9-8. Matt Duffy went 5-for-6 and started the winning rally. Salt Lake starter Andrew Heaney – a highly regarded prospect – didn’t make it out of the first inning.
  • El Paso’s bullpen stepped up in a 4-2 win over Reno.
  • Sacramento topped Las Vegas, 4-3. The River Cats have the best record in the Pac-North at 5-2.
  • Memphis first baseman Xavier Scruggs homered twice in a 4-2 win over Omaha.
  • Round Rock infielders Ed Lucas and Tommy Field had big games to help the Express win at Colorado Springs, 9-4. The story focuses on Sky Sox closer David Goforth.
  • It was 2001 all over again in Oklahoma City, when Barry Zito and Freddy Garcia squared off last night. Both pitchers were long gone when the Dodgers Kike’ Hernandez won it with an RBI single in the 10th.
  • Vinny Rottino had the game-winning hit in a 3-2 New Orleans victory over Iowa.

The team flies home after this day game, and we’ll be all set for the home opener at Cheney Stadium on Friday night. It’s going to be a great one!

* none of the Rainiers coaches have SABR Biographies yet, but Jaime Navarro‘s father (and former Tacoma Giants pitcher) Julio Navarro does.


Taylor Looks Sharp And So Do His Teammates

April 12, 2015

Chris Taylor started his rehabilitation assignment with the Rainiers on Saturday night, playing the first five innings of the game at shortstop. Everything went well.

Taylor was 1-for-3 at the plate, lining a double to the left field corner in his third at-bat.

Defensively, Taylor was involved in a lot of action at shortstop. With groundballer Sam Gaviglio on the hill, Taylor saw a lot of action and even turned two double plays (one in which he was the pivot).

Taylor will DH today and get some more at-bats.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Sam Gaviglio delivered five scoreless innings and earned the win in his Triple-A debut as Tacoma beat El Paso, 10-2.

That Happened: Puyallup High School product Adam Cimber came in to pitch the ninth inning in his Triple-A debut for El Paso, and Tacoma’s Franklin Gutierrez greeted him with a homer to right-center.

Today: Tacoma (2-1) at El Paso (1-2), 12:05 (Pacific).

Affiliations: Tacoma is the Mariners affiliate; El Paso is the San Diego Padres farm club.

Starting Pitchers: LHP Mike Kickham vs. RHP James Needy

Kickham was a Mariners winter waiver claim, and the Rainiers know a lot about him having faced him with Fresno six times in the past two seasons (he went 0-2, 7.67 vs Tacoma in those six starts – he had two really good ones, and four not-so-good outings). Kickham works with a fastball, slider and change. This will be his Mariners organization debut.

James Needy is a 24-year-old righty who is coming off a great season at Double-A San Antonio last year (10-5, 2.90 in 24 starts), and this will be his Triple-A debut. He faces an uphill battle, though: nobody likes a needy chihuahua.

Hot Rainiers: Carlos Rivero is officially on fire. He launched a 3-run homer in the second inning and is 8-for-13 on the year, with two dingers. Rivero, Franklin Gutierrez, Ketel Marte, Jesus Montero, and Stefen Romero have each hit safely in all three games.

Look Out For: Chihuahuas OF Tommy Medica had two more hits last night, and he has been the team’s most consistent hitter through three games.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 11:50 AM (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.

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  • The Rainiers game story in The News Tribune looks at Carlos Rivero, among others.
  • The gamer from the El Paso Times has quotes from Sam Gaviglio (enjoy the multiple misspellings – my favorite is Gavigliano).
  • Once again I’m writing a Sunday Minor League Notebook for the paper, the first one is a PCL preview. The plan is to have notes from the Mariners farm system and the PCL in this weekly column.
  • The Mariners got a needed 5-4 extra-inning win against Oakland on Saturday, as Brad Miller did it all. J.A. Happ provided an excellent start.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook is a tidbit fiesta.
  • Guys, I’m out of town, so will somebody please check on my pal McGrath? We’re one week into the baseball season and he’s already stressed out. Maybe he’s just exhausted from compiling his power rankings.
  • Ryan Divish of the Times made some preseason picks for the big award winners. Stefen Romero is his prospect to watch.
  • We had our first ridiculously wild PCL game of the season last night in Sacramento. Tied 2-2 after 17 innings, Salt Lake scored three runs in the top of the 18th against Sacramento reliever Brett Bochy. But the Bees were out of pitching, so they brought in catcher Charlie Cutler to try to get the save – and he lost it on a walk-off grand slam by Jarrett Parker.
  • Albuquerque lost at home to Reno, 7-3. The news story is a feature on pitcher Aaron Laffey.
  • Nashville topped Colorado Springs, 5-3. The newspaper story is about the pitch clocks and says they are distracting. This is the total opposite of what I have seen in El Paso – I haven’t seen the clock get below 12 seconds; there has been no reason to look at it. It appears to serve no purpose, other than that of an unrealistic threat.
  • Hmmm. Apparently a Las Vegas pitcher was regularly running the clock down to the minimum at Fresno the other day. Now I want to see it in a different stadium – maybe it resets earlier, based upon who is operating it?
  • Fresno lost to Las Vegas last night, 7-2. There are some funny lines in this Fresno columnists’s article about the Houston Astros affiliation with the Grizzlies.
  • It took three games, but Kris Bryant finally homered in a 13-0 win at Memphis. Thank goodness the planets are once again properly aligned and all is right in the world.
  • Chris Heisey homered twice and Zach Lee pitched well as Oklahoma City defeated Round Rock, 8-2. Local product Alex “Chi Chi” Gonzalez starts for the Express at OKC today (he’s a big prospect).
  • Omaha shut down New Orleans, 5-1.
  • Tacoma native Ron Cey threw out a ceremonial first pitch in Tulsa and The Daily Oklahoman spoke with him.

Our first day game of the year – fun times! We bus to Albuquerque right afterwards; a four-hour drive. I’ll have a blog update for you early on Monday afternoon.


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