Rainiers Opening Day Gamethread
Danny Hultzen vs. Yusmeiro Petit, 7:05pm
So the M’s played an early game featuring one of their top young arms, and you missed it because you were at work. Would you like to see/listen to a game started by *another* of the M’s young phenoms, but without all of those Cespedes and Reddicks and Lowries ruining the atmosphere? The Rainiers kick of 2013 this evening at 7:15 against Giants affiliate Fresno in the lovely* San Juaquin valley tonight.
As I mentioned in the minor league preview, tonight’s opening day for all of the full-season teams, so we’ve got some early reports from the other leagues. Tai Walker got the opening day nod for Jackson at Jacksonville, and had a so-so outing – he had 8 Ks in his 5 innings pitched, but gave up a couple of homers and 4 runs as well. Tyler Burgoon pitched well in his 1 1/3IP stint, and the hitting star was Julio Morban with a pair of doubles. The Clinton Lumberkings are up on the Burlington Bees (managed by ex-Mariner Jamie Burke), behind solid pitching from Steven Landazuri, Jeremy Dobbs and Dominic Leone. No hits in the game for the youngsters Gabriel Guerrero or Timmy Lopes, but Tyler Marlette has a couple of RBIs from the C spot and Dario Pizzano has two hits.
I know the minor league season is like three hours old, but I think we’re going to be hard pressed to see a more impressive box score than this one put up by Reds prospect Tony Cingrani.
Tacoma’s line-up looks like this:
1: E. Chavez, CF
2: N. Tenbrink, 2B
3: Liddi, 3B
4: Peguero, RF
5: Zunino, C
6: Poythress, 1B
7: Thames, DH
8: D. Almonte, LF
9: Triunfel, SS
Go Rainiers! As always, you can tune in to AM850 if you’re near Tacoma, or try the minor league gameday audio here.
* your mileage may vary