Rainiers Game Thread
With the M’s off tonight, the minor league affiliates are doing all they can to fill the breach. First off, the Rainiers face Colorado Springs at 5:05 with RHP Erasmo Ramirez getting the start. It’s on 850 AM radio or on-line here. Mike Saunders, Alex Liddi and Mike Wilson prepare for their September 1st call-up against RHP Clayton Mortensen, who, like the R’s Luke French, has absolutely cratered this year after a solid 2010 campaign. (Mortensen will console himself with the fact that he was not altogether awful for the Rockies in 58 innings, whereas French was DFA’d/outrighted). I was never a huge fan of Mortensen’s stuff, but an RA of 10 over 12 starts?
AA Jackson’s in Mobile to face the Bay Bears (I’d mock that, but as Jackson was the ‘Diamond Jaxx’ until this year, I don’t really feel like I can snicker at other affiliates’ team names) with Yoervis Medina taking on the D’Backs first round pick and big-time pitching prospect Trevor Bauer. Bauer has 33 Ks against 8 walks in 19 MiLB innings and there’s been some talk of the Diamondbacks promoting him to the majors for the stretch run.
Perhaps the best option of the night is heading up to Everett to watch Jose Campos take on Yakima. Campos has probably been the team’s MVP this year, and they’re giving Jose quite a send off in his last start for the team – a version of the King’s Court. Get seats in Section A and you get a Campos Court t-shirt and a “K” sign with Jose’s face on it. It’s also their $2 beer/hot dog night. While it’s not the most original idea around, I’m still encouraged by it. I was initially encouraged by the success of King’s Court in that it offered fans a way to cheer for the team beyond obeying giant scoreboard commands. If that spreads to the minors, it could be really fun. If you go to a game and want to yell and chant, there you go. If you don’t, you’ll know where to sit, and even if you can still hear the loud section, well, it’s got to be preferable to a myriad drunken “woooooo!” and “yeaahhh!” screams on $2 beer nights.