Rainiers PCL Playoffs Game 5

marc w · September 12, 2010 at 5:57 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Feierabend v Mortensen, 7:00pm

The Rainiers won the first two games on the road, then saw the RiverCats pull the same trick in Safeco. Tonight’s the deciding game – the winner heads to Memphis for the PCL championship.

The series has been defined by command, or the lack thereof. Game 1 saw the Rainiers spot Sacramento to a 7-1 lead, but RiverCats starter Clayton Mortensen’s wildness gave the Rainiers an opening, and got to Travis Blackley to get the come-from-behind win. The Rainiers led most of game 2, thanks to another 5 walks in 5 2/3 from Sacramento starter Travis Banwart.
In Safeco, Rainiers starters Mauricio Robles and Yusmeiro Petit had decent off-speed stuff but little command of their fastballs, and while neither was hit terribly hard, the walks ran up pitch counts and meant the Rainiers were consistently playing from behind (Sacramento has scored at least one run in the first inning of 3 of the 4 games so far).

Tonight Sacramento starts Mortensen, their ace, on 3 days rest. The Rainiers will counter with Ryan Feierabend, who’s making his first appearance of the series. Game 1 starter Andy Baldwin’s available in the bullpen as well.

The Mariners start someone not named Felix Hernandez, so why not tune in to Mike Curto on 850AM or here? Better yet, come down to Safeco. The logistical issues of getting to Safeco while thousands of Seahawks fans leave proved much less severe than I’d thought. So come down; you may have an entire section to yourself, but if you’ve ever wanted to feel like some insane tycoon who orders professional sporting events played for his/her personal benefit, tonight’s the night.

–Update–

RAINIERS WIN! The Rainiers take the series 3-2, with a 4-1 win in game 5. After trailing for the middle innings, the M’s tied it in the 6th, then took the lead on a truly bizarre play: 1 out, runner on first. Jose Yepez hits a grounder to short who goes to 2nd to try and get Mike Wilson, but Wilson beats the relay. The 2B fires to first in time to get Yepez, and 1B Tommy Everidge, thinking there were 3 outs, throws the ball into the crowd. That’s a 2-base error, and that allows Wilson to score, about 5 minutes after the play ended.
A Matt Mangini two-run HR gave them some breathing room, and Josh Lueke closed it out in the 9th. Ryan Feierabend’s the player of the game, after an 8IP, 1R, 2H, 0BB performance.

As usual, pictures below.

Game 5 Pregame

In other MiLB playoff news, the Everett Aquasox won the NWL championship tonight (and intrastate bragging rights) over Spokane. West Tennessee lost their SL series to plain old Tennessee. The Clinton Lumberkings beat Kane County (another Oakland affiliate) this afternoon in their MWL semifinal series.

Ryan Feierabend throwing the first pitch:
Feier

Mangini
Clayton Mortensen




Pineda
Wilson and Halman

Comments

55 Responses to “Rainiers PCL Playoffs Game 5”

  1. Jay Yencich on September 12th, 2010 6:19 pm

    It’s interesting that, with the exception of the Southern and Appalachian Leagues (and the DSL and VSL, whatever), it’s been all AL West affiliates we’ve been facing thus far.

  2. Jay Yencich on September 12th, 2010 6:34 pm

    Director of Pro Scouting Carmen Fusco will apparently be fired at the end of the season.

    KING 5 Report

    This due to the ongoing embarrassment over the Josh Lueke matter.

    I’d make a separate post over it, but I imagine Dave has far more interesting things to say about all this.

  3. whidbeyed on September 12th, 2010 6:42 pm

    $20 is too much for minor league ball.

  4. marc w on September 12th, 2010 6:43 pm

    That can’t be the whole story. Fusco is the head of pro scouting, so I get it, but this idea that no one in the org had any idea of the charges he faced is ludicrous. Putting aside the guys in management, Rick Adair certainly knew. Did they lock him up for a week? Seems like they just need someone to fire, and Fusco’s the guy. Too bad.

  5. Jay Yencich on September 12th, 2010 6:49 pm

    It’s dumb and I’m a little upset, but they can’t fire Rick Adair twice.

  6. marc w on September 12th, 2010 7:19 pm

    Here’s a great example of small sample weirdness: Mike Carp has been a real asset with his outfield defense this series.

  7. jayson on September 12th, 2010 7:25 pm

    I’ll give you that. That was a great catch on friday

  8. marc w on September 12th, 2010 7:30 pm

    I keep hearing some cheering whenever Sacramento does something good, like getting the 3rd out of the inning. So I look around to see if there are a group of Sacramento fans here – but no, that’s just the dugout cheering. The visiting team is equivalent in numbers to about 1/6 of the paid attendance I think.

  9. awestby51 on September 12th, 2010 7:40 pm

    That can’t be the whole story. Fusco is the head of pro scouting, so I get it, but this idea that no one in the org had any idea of the charges he faced is ludicrous.

    Yeah, when the trade happened, I was doing some serious procrastinating and googleing the players we got, and the main thing that came up with Lueke was his arrest and charges. His past issues were available with a simple internet search.

  10. marc w on September 12th, 2010 7:51 pm

    And again, even if it’s actually true that no one Googled him, Rick Adair was his old pitching coach and was with the Rangers org when it happened. He knew of course, and he worked for the M’s.
    So not only did nobody google him, but nobody asked Adair, the guy who was the minor league pitching coordinator for the team the M’s were dealing with? What?

  11. marc w on September 12th, 2010 7:53 pm

    Winfree with a line drive base hit. Rainiers are getting lots of solid contact against him, but can’t push across a run. It would’ve had Jeff Baisley not snagged Greg Halman’s line drive at 3B, but hey. Still 0-0, 2 outs in the bottom of the fourth.

  12. marc w on September 12th, 2010 7:54 pm

    Tonight’s attendance: 843. Seriously.

  13. Liam on September 12th, 2010 7:57 pm

    Rick Adair even went along to the Winter Meetings because they wanted his input on pitchers they might trade for.

  14. Oly Rainiers Fan on September 12th, 2010 7:59 pm

    843? That’s pathetic. But then, given the prices they’re going to charge at Cheney for below the walkway next year, the team should start getting used to only a handful of people being near them in the seats.

  15. marc w on September 12th, 2010 8:00 pm

    1-0 RiverCats thanks to Chris Carter, who single-handedly beat the Rainiers last year.
    Hey Chris: that schtick’s played out.

  16. marc w on September 12th, 2010 8:07 pm

    I’ve heard a lot of complaints about the way they’re handling season tickets next year, but still.

    Where are you, Oly Rainiers Fan? Did you make any of the games at Safeco?

  17. marc w on September 12th, 2010 8:09 pm

    Ahhhh, John Halama on the Rainiers KissCam.
    Don’t ever change, Minor League Baseball.

  18. GoMariners on September 12th, 2010 8:11 pm

    Safeco Field is bad for the Rainiers.

  19. GoMariners on September 12th, 2010 8:11 pm

    Safeco Field is bad for the Rainiers.

  20. Oly Rainiers Fan on September 12th, 2010 8:17 pm

    At my house, Marc W, that’s where I am.
    No, didn’t make any of the games at Safeco. That last night at Cheney was tough on me, and I decided it’d be the last in-person game I’d see this year. Don’t know how many games I’ll make next year either; not renewing.

    Here’s something though – when I went to a Twins game at Target Field (Aug 17, Thome hit 2 run walkoff to win the game bottom of the 10th, Kubel made a fab diving catch…) – all the fun of minor league baseball was there, at a major league park. Mascots slingshotting free t-shirts into the crowd from the field, kiss cam, the crowd singing along to some country western song about fishing and stars…made me miss how the Rainiers games used to be (ala used car night :) )

  21. marc w on September 12th, 2010 8:23 pm

    The Rainiers tie it up on 3 consecutive singles from Ackley, Halman and Mangini.

  22. Marinerman1979 on September 12th, 2010 8:24 pm

    It’s hard to expect a minor league team to draw well in a major league market.

  23. marc w on September 12th, 2010 8:24 pm

    Mortensen’s evening is done. In comes DiNardo.

  24. marc w on September 12th, 2010 8:31 pm

    Error on Matt Mangini to start the 7th. You can make Mike Carp look like Carl Crawford for a while, but you can’t make Mangini look like Brooks Robinson over any sample size.

  25. marc w on September 12th, 2010 8:34 pm

    Why is that, Marinerman? We’re 30 miles from Tacoma and they can’t crack 1,000 for playoff games on Saturday or Sunday? That’s… weird.
    Maybe if they played all of their games in Seattle, but this is a one-off series fairly close to home on a weekend. I thought it’d be down from a big weekend series at Cheney but this is depressing.

  26. marc w on September 12th, 2010 8:40 pm

    M’s sacrifice bunt goes wrong, turns into a 3-6 fielders choice. Wilson hit in the air, so the runner on 1B had to hold. When it fell in, he was dead to rights.

  27. marc w on September 12th, 2010 8:44 pm

    MIKE WILSON SCORES ON A TWO-BASE ERROR.

  28. MedicineHat on September 12th, 2010 8:44 pm

    Aquasox win the NWL Championship 6-1 – whoo hoo.

    box score

  29. Marinerman1979 on September 12th, 2010 8:47 pm

    It’s Sunday…and the game is in Seattle. Two reasons not to go. Parking alone kills it for me.

  30. marc w on September 12th, 2010 8:48 pm

    Tommy Everidge flipped the ball into the stands thinking that there were three outs. But there weren’t, and Mike Wilson’s awarded two bases, giving the Rainiers their second run.

    WOW.

  31. marc w on September 12th, 2010 8:51 pm

    And on cue, Mangini stays with a tough hop and makes a very solid defensive play. 2-1 Rainiers, mid 8th.

  32. Marinerman1979 on September 12th, 2010 8:51 pm

    Everidge…meet Larry Walker…

  33. marc w on September 12th, 2010 9:06 pm

    Josh Lueke in to close it out. Walks the first guy on 4 pitches. Four *fast* pitches though. Glass half full.

  34. marc w on September 12th, 2010 9:10 pm

    Josh Lueke in to close it out. Walks the first guy on 4 pitches. Four *fast* pitches though. Glass half full.

    Oooh, another Mangini error. The 9th is getting interesting.

  35. marc w on September 12th, 2010 9:11 pm

    Line drive that Hulett bobbles, but catches. 1 out to go.

  36. marc w on September 12th, 2010 9:15 pm

    BALL GAME. A tidy 2:11 game time. Congratulations to Tacoma.

  37. marc w on September 12th, 2010 9:24 pm

    Rainiers celebrating with lots of ex-teammates like Adam Moore, Langerhans, Chris Seddon

  38. GoMariners on September 12th, 2010 9:37 pm

    Rainiers win the Pacific Coast Championship! Now on to the PCL Championship Series in Memphis!!

  39. GoMariners on September 12th, 2010 9:48 pm

    Why is that, Marinerman? We’re 30 miles from Tacoma and they can’t crack 1,000 for playoff games on Saturday or Sunday? That’s… weird.
    Maybe if they played all of their games in Seattle, but this is a one-off series fairly close to home on a weekend. I thought it’d be down from a big weekend series at Cheney but this is depressing.

    There are many reasons for it. It has not been advertised enough and the tickets are more expensive, and then you have to drive 45 minutes to get there, and then you have to pay more for parking, while you could just listen to Mike Curto on 850 AM and follow the stats on MiLB.com.

    There were also big Huskies and Seahawks games this weekend.

    The one thing that I don’t understand is why they couldn’t wait two weeks to start construction on Cheney Stadium. I don’t understand that. Were they planning not to make the playoffs when they were signing the contract with the construction company???

  40. GoMariners on September 12th, 2010 9:52 pm

    Jay,

    Do you think that the firing of Fusco is a Zduriencik, an Armstrong or a Lincoln decision?

  41. Bremerton guy on September 12th, 2010 10:16 pm

    Rick Adair certainly knew. Did they lock him up for a week?

    In Baker’s story about the whole thing he said he interviewed Adair and Adair said he told the powers that be everything he knew about all the people involved. The clear implication was that Adair told them about the allegations, charges, plea, and everything else.

  42. firova2 on September 12th, 2010 10:28 pm

    Everett drew all of 797 in the title clincher tonight. I guess it makes no sense to send the Rainiers up there this week given what happened at Safeco.

    Besides the Huskies and Seahawks, the Storm played Game 1 of the finals today and drew 15,084 at KeyArena–that’s not too far from filling the building. Rainiers just had no luck this weekend–too much competition.

  43. Liam on September 12th, 2010 10:31 pm

    Larry Stone tweeted that Everett was not approved by the PCL, so the Rainiers will play all their games at Memphis.

  44. marc w on September 12th, 2010 10:38 pm

    Yeah, the Road Warriors get two ‘home games’ in Memphis, but that’s it. They’re flying out tomorrow, I think.

    Post updated with some celebrating Rainiers (and ex-Rainiers). The M’s plane arrived during the game, and so a number of the ex-R’s/current-M’s were on the field with their old teammates. Alonzo Powell too.

  45. Lavalamp on September 12th, 2010 10:58 pm

    I made it down to Safeco for Saturday and Sunday’s games. I was certainly disappointed there weren’t more people there, but it was just a tough weekend with a lot going on sports-wise. I had a great time though. I was sitting down in the front row in the last section behind first base and had a blast talking baseball with a couple of Rainiers fans coming up for the game (Willie and Val, if you read USSM, Thanks! You guys are awesome). We got a little bit of good heckling in too. Also had fun talking to the ballgirls.

    Today’s game was fun, but that play in the 6th is probably the most bizarre play I have ever witnessed, or are likely to witness. I’m really glad Mangini hit his no-doubter in the 8th, because if the game had ended 2-1 after that play I would’ve felt horrible for the RiverCats.

  46. Liam on September 12th, 2010 11:05 pm

    Nice pictures Marc. Seeing Seddon, Langerhans and Josh on the field in dress shirts makes me want to see a game played in formal attire.

  47. marc w on September 12th, 2010 11:08 pm

    Have you tried test cricket? Crisp white sweaters? Tea?

    Not my bag, but if you go for formality in sport, that’s your game. Too bad about the match-fixing scandal.

  48. bongo on September 12th, 2010 11:08 pm

    Have to admit, the play in the 6th was a real headscratcher. After what looked like a 6-4-3 double play, Everidge started walking off the field and tossed the ball into the stands. Then the argument began, and Wilson (who I had assumed was out at second) jogged around to score.

    Did Wilson beat the throw to 2nd or did the 2nd baseman miss the base? I gather that the throw to first came in time because at the end of it, there was noone on first.

  49. marc w on September 12th, 2010 11:09 pm

    (FYI, the big guy who looks like he’s been handed hard-core pornography is Michael Pineda. He couldn’t pitch, but he was still in the dugout, cheering on the Rainiers. The last picture is Mike Wilson, whose hustle got the R’s the go-ahead run, and Greg Halman.)

  50. Breadbaker on September 12th, 2010 11:18 pm

    I suppose there are many Rainiers fans who aren’t used to the parking situation around Safeco, but the only game you’d have had to pay to park would have been Saturday. We parked on 1st Avenue on Friday for free about two blocks south of the stadium (heck, we park only a block or so further away for M’s games, on the street–it’s not 2001 anymore). Today, there would have been no problem once the Seahawks traffic was over (hours before) and street parking is free on Sunday.

  51. marc w on September 12th, 2010 11:29 pm

    Exactly – I used the pay lot across from the stadium, the one adjacent to the Safeco lot. It was $3 – cheaper than parking at Cheney!
    If you wanted to walk about a block, there was free parking everywhere.

  52. poordispatcher on September 13th, 2010 12:54 am

    Glad I made it back to see the Rainiers clinch the title! When I get back to Memphis I can catch a few more…I’ll be sitting next to their dugout cheering them on.

  53. humphry_t on September 13th, 2010 12:53 pm

    Heck of a game. Surreal to watch the Rainiers in Safeco. The celebration was amazing to see. Pineda/Wilson/Snell and others signed a ball that the ballgirl gave us. Ian Snell even gave me a beer.

    Was at the last game in Safe last year where Griff was carried around the field. That was a Safeco memory. This one ranks right up there, although I hate the moose now.

    Jay, your stuff is fantastic.

  54. joser on September 13th, 2010 6:58 pm

    It’s Sunday…and the game is in Seattle. Two reasons not to go. Parking alone kills it for me.

    Uh, no. Any other day of the week, maybe, but you can’t say this about Sunday. Street parking is free on Sunday, and there’s plenty of it. I mostly ride my bike to day games (as I did to the Rainiers game on Saturday), but I’ve driven to several Sunday games for exactly this reason and never had a problem.

    Heck, last September my mother wanted to see the Yankees so we drove down. We didn’t go especially early, but we found parking on the street within the distance a 77-year-old woman could easily walk — and there were 35,000 more people going to that game than the sad 800 that went to see the Rainiers on Sunday. What’s more, I actually had to walk further to see the Rainiers at Cheney back in August, because by the time I got there the parking lots were full and I had to park on the street out beyond the lots. (It was a Friday night game with fireworks afterwards).

    Parking in the I-District is a quicker walk to Safeco, and you can stop at (eg) Uwajimaya to pick up some eats (the summer rolls from the Vietnamese place are a great and cheap alternative to overpriced dogs at Safeco, and you can take them in with you).

    So, yeah, bitch about parking any other day of the week, but not on Sunday. (And if you go early on a Sunday that ends a homestand, you can get in to see batting practice too.)

  55. cdowley on September 13th, 2010 7:13 pm

    Even any other day of the week, you don’t have to pay if you’re smart about it. Just drive down a couple blocks and park on the street after 5. They’re two hour zones that open up after seven. Or find a side street with open parking, of which there are plenty.

    I’ve been to around 20 or so games at SafeCo this year, and have paid for parking at none of them.

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