Tacoma Rainiers Doubleheader Game Thread

marc w · May 26, 2011 at 4:56 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

With the M’s on a travel day, check out the Rainiers double header tonight against the Nashville Sounds. Blake Beavan starts game 1 for Tacoma against Brewers fringe prospect Amaury Rivas. As usual, you can catch Mike Curto’s call on AM 850 in the south sound or streaming on-line here. Nashville’s mired in last place in their division, and so their manager decided to send in for some reinforcements. Here’s the line-up card he submitted to Tacoma for Game 1 (hat tip Mike Curto).

Game 2 features the M’s system debut of knuckle-baller Charlie Haeger. Haeger was signed as a minor league free agent late last year, but a back injury limited him to a single spring training inning. You may remember Haeger from his Dodger debut last year, when he struck out 12 Florida Marlins in 6 innings. Just 6 appearances later, he was DFA’d.


35 Responses to “Tacoma Rainiers Doubleheader Game Thread”

  1. Carson on May 26th, 2011 5:15 pm

    Let’s see Ackley get like six hits tonight and then come up I-5 for the Yanks.

  2. Andrew34 on May 26th, 2011 5:41 pm

    Are they serious about that line-up? Cuz thats the Brewers whole MLB team (Braun, Fielder etc.).

  3. marc w on May 26th, 2011 5:48 pm

    It’s raining quite hard at the moment… We’ll see if they’re able to get this in. Perfect timing; it was sunny an hour ago.

  4. marc w on May 26th, 2011 6:00 pm

    The tarp is coming off… Looks good, at least for a while.

  5. mike on May 26th, 2011 6:00 pm

    First pitch is now at 6:20.

  6. IwearMsHats on May 26th, 2011 6:07 pm

    Double Header starting at 6 PM…brutal!

  7. lalo on May 26th, 2011 6:35 pm

    Marc: Do you think Triunfel will be with the Rainiers this year?

  8. joser on May 26th, 2011 6:35 pm

    Even on a AAA team, Yuniesky bats ninth….

  9. IwearMsHats on May 26th, 2011 6:36 pm

    Ackley works a full count, gets a hit.

  10. joser on May 26th, 2011 6:54 pm

    So by the end of the second game — around midnight or later in damp, frigid Cheney — how many fans will be left? Wish we had a way to run a poll. I’d bet less than 50 (though a few might be sitting out in the parking lot listening to Curto while they run the heaters in their cars).

    Are there supposed to be fireworks tonight? Between the two games, maybe? No way the neighbors would appreciate that after the second game (assuming the wind even allowed it).

  11. joser on May 26th, 2011 6:59 pm

    A triple, the player gets hit by the throw to third and decides to break for home (over the audible objections of his 3rd base coach), and Beavan backs up the play and makes the throw to get him out. Nice. You don’t see (or in this case, hear) that every day.

  12. marc w on May 26th, 2011 7:04 pm

    That’s a safe bet, Joser. Nota ton of people here now. Brutal weather and the odd start time aren’t going to be good for attendance.

    Beavan’s velo is better than the last few times I saw him, but he’s given up a long HR and a triple off the wall in RF (but Beavan threw him out at third after backing up the throw).

  13. joser on May 26th, 2011 7:11 pm

    Curto just said something about these being seven inning games (I wasn’t listening closely, but it was something about strategy mattering earlier because of that).

  14. marc w on May 26th, 2011 7:56 pm

    Yep, minor league double headers are all 7 inning games.
    Beavan hitting 92 with some regularity here in the 5th. Not bad. Spotting it well. He’s still yielding some hard hit balls, but this isn’t bad. Not great, but not actively bad, which is progress.

  15. marc w on May 26th, 2011 8:08 pm

    It’s actually turned into a pleasant evening.
    And Danny Herrera is on for Nashville… Fans of old school screwballs rejoice. He’s quickly given up two inherited runs in his Brewers system debut.

  16. marc w on May 26th, 2011 8:17 pm

    In 2 batters faced and a blizzard of high 50s/low 70s pitches, Royce Ring seems to have more swinging strikes than either starter.

  17. flashbeak on May 26th, 2011 8:26 pm

    Was that “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd that I heard as Ackley’s walk-up music? I like your style, Dustin.

  18. Jimmie the Geek on May 26th, 2011 8:37 pm

    I’m also at the game tonight. I was in the middle of talking crap on Tui when he goes and hammers a triple. You’re welcome! πŸ™‚


  19. Jimmie the Geek on May 26th, 2011 8:47 pm

    They’re showing the Bugs Bunny baseball cartoon now! w00t!

  20. joser on May 26th, 2011 8:57 pm

    That’s so awesome. Too bad he was banned. Love to have seen what his career stats would’ve been.

  21. Jimmie the Geek on May 26th, 2011 9:18 pm

    So far, the knuckler isn’t knuckling… πŸ™

  22. marc w on May 26th, 2011 9:19 pm

    Still quite a bit more people than I would’ve guessed, though to be fair, that guess occurred when it was still raining. The whole dollar beer night thing always throws me as well, as there are as many people in the beer garden (way out above the ‘party decks’ on the 3b side) as there are in the stadium. After last call, apparent attendance jumps way up.

    We interrupt this Rainiers game thread to note that Taijuan Walker went 5 scoreless with 7Ks, 3BBs, 6 ground outs and only two balls hit in the air at all (one IF pop-up and one single to RF). Not great command tonight, but how can you NOT be excited by Walker’s 2011? This extreme GB thing is a very welcome surprise.

  23. marc w on May 26th, 2011 9:36 pm

    Charlie Haeger really struggling with his command, or whatever the equivalent to ‘command’ is for knuckleballers.

  24. marc w on May 26th, 2011 9:46 pm

    Ackley with his 4th hit of the day… zeroing in on Carson’s request (which is pretty tough to do in two 7 inning games).

    He’s had two bloop hits, but he’s just not making many outs right now.

  25. marc w on May 26th, 2011 9:59 pm

    And it’s raining again pretty hard.

  26. flashbeak on May 26th, 2011 10:00 pm

    Is it enough to cause a delay?

  27. marc w on May 26th, 2011 10:09 pm

    On the off chance that Ackley feels he can take it easy, or not work at getting better, it’s sort of nice that he can come face to face with an object lesson in the importance of attitude/dedication.

    Dustin, look upon your worst-case-scenario comparable player: Jeremy Reed.

  28. bookbook on May 26th, 2011 10:20 pm

    He may wash out, but I don’t really see the parallel between Ackley and Jeremy Reed.

  29. Jimmie the Geek on May 26th, 2011 10:33 pm

    I bailed as soon as the rain started again. 😐 I don’t know what’s sadder – the fact that it’s May 26th and I still have the winter liners in my motorcycle gear, or the fact that I left said gear on at the game tonight and needed all that warmth.

    I also took a picture of Mr. Reed tonight and sent it to a co-worker. He was a big fan of Reed when Reed was with the M’s, so I figured he might get a kick out of that.

  30. marc w on May 26th, 2011 10:35 pm

    They’re both about 6′, maybe a touch below, under 200lbs, both had good patience and good contact skills through age 23, a bit of speed, up the middle defenders, etc.

    It’s not perfect, as no comp ever is, but it’s solid (at least to me). Reed was a bit better in AA at age 22 than Ackley, and had >10% walk rates at each stop before he got to Tacoma. In the M’s system, the walks dropped a bit, but he still had more walks than Ks.

  31. bookbook on May 26th, 2011 10:44 pm

    Okay, I can sorta squint and see it.

  32. shortbus on May 26th, 2011 11:47 pm

    One run game. Runner on first with no outs. Ackley comes up against an RHP.

    And bunts.

    Please, for the love of God won’t managers learn at least one damn thing from the statheads?

  33. Jimmie the Geek on May 27th, 2011 9:03 am

    Please, for the love of God won’t managers learn at least one damn thing from the statheads?

    No, obviously. πŸ™

    I just read the game 2 recap on the News Tribune site. Was there a game delay? It was raining pretty hard when I left. I am also shocked that the score was as low as it was, becasue Haeger was walking the world.

  34. sgreen13 on May 27th, 2011 9:34 am

    probably my favorite thing about that lineup card is that Yuni’s name is misspelled.

  35. MacMariner on May 27th, 2011 12:38 pm

    I had such high hopes for Reed. He was my first prospect crush. Sad.

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