Tacoma Rainiers Home/Stadium Opener
The weather’s a bit sub-optimal, but the Rainiers will open the remodeled Cheney Stadium tonight in Tacoma. The Rainiers face Sacramento tonight at 7:20, with Chaz Roe taking the hill for Tacoma against Cuban righty Yadel Marti of the RiverCats. It’s still raining in Tacoma, but the forecast has the showers tapering off around gametime.
It’ll be on 850am, and it sounds like the livestream at MiLB.com is now working.
I’ll try to get some photos and updates on the game, Dustin Ackley, Alex Liddi and any bullpen candidates to replace Chris Ray tonight.
It’s that wonderful spring half-mist, half-just-really-humid thing. It’s wet, but this game’s going to start on time. The rain isn’t so much falling as hovering, and I feel like I’ve just walked through a watery net. Probably isn’t helping the paint dry.
6: Peguero (CF)
8: Limonta (LF!)
9: Bonilla (RF)
With Mike Wilson ailing, the Rainiers found the one guy who looks even
more like a defensive end to play CF.
They’re underway, and the first batter, Jemile Weeks, fists a single to center.
In the Rainiers’ half of the first, Ackley pops out to 2B. Still scuffling so far in 2011.
Stadium looks pretty nice, and the berm area looks better than I thought. After losing a lot of inexpensive seating areas over the past few years, it’s nice to see that they maintained some despite the upgrades, though of course they no longer actually provide a seat.
Then (September 2010)
Whoa. Carlos Peguero’s first swing in new Cheney was crushed for a HR off the scoreboard in straightaway right field.
As well-stroked as his HR was, it paled in comparison to his 2B off the big CF wall at Cheney. Take that long HR Hafner hit in the M’s home opener against Wilhelmsen and change the angle off the bat from “majestic” to “malicious” and you get the idea. Sounded like an explosion. I saw Choo’s HR over the CF wall, and this was hit harder.