Rainiers Go For Two Straight Tonight

Going to the game tonight with our SubVets group!

Booth, Justice and the American Pastime

The Rainiers won the opening game of the homestand last night, taking down Fresno 8-4 in front of a nice crowd at Cheney Stadium.

Tonight is Friday Night Fireworks, and before the postgame pyrotechnics the team is going to try to do something it has not done in quite a while. Tacoma has not won back-to-back games in over a month, when the club actually won three straight games against Reno July 12-14.

At that time Tacoma was 46-48 and still on the fringes of the Pac-North division race. It’s been a real struggle since then, with the club going 8-20 over the last 28 games, but there is still time to get some positive results and finish the season on a strong note.

Two straight wins to open the homestand would be a nice step in the right direction.

RAINIERS DAILY

YESTERDAY: Tacoma scored seven unanswered runs during the sixth-through-eighth…

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Rainiers Settle In For Final Homestand

Booth, Justice and the American Pastime

This is it, the start of the final homestand of the Tacoma Rainiers 2019 season. Fortunately, it’s a long one: 11 games in 11 days.

The Rainiers come into the homestand struggling, having just finished a 1-6 road trip to Oklahoma City and New Orleans. The team went 4-10 during the stretch of cross-conference play against American Conference opponents.

Tacoma’s lineup perked up a little bit these last two games, with the re-additions of Jake Fraley and Ryan Court. It seems likely that we’ll get a Felix Hernandez rehab start early next week. Opposing teams will be displaying a couple of highly-ranked prospects, in Fresno’s Carter Kieboom and Salt Lake’s Jo Adell.

The weather forecast looks great throughout the homestand, and we will have two Fireworks Night and two Thirsty Thursdays.

See you at the park!

RAINIERS DAILY

YESTERDAY: The Rainiers were off, spending the entire day enjoying the…

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So Long, Baby Cakes: Rainiers Play Final Game At New Orleans Tonight

The very first baseball game I ever attended was the Denver Bears/Zephyrs/New Orleans Zephyrs/Babycakes.

Sad day…

Booth, Justice and the American Pastime

The Tacoma Rainiers play their final game at New Orleans tonight, as the Zephyrs/Baby Cakes 27-year run in Triple-A comes to an end.

The New Orleans franchise is moving to Wichita, Kansas at the completion of this season. A new ballpark is under construction there – in fact, they just had the ‘topping out’ ceremony – and the PCL has approved the move. The Wichita TBAs (they will have a new name) will make their first visit to Tacoma in August, 2020.

A few of the current New Orleans front office staffers are going to move with the team to Wichita, but others are going to leave baseball and find new work in town. The Cakes staff is down to a skeleton crew at the moment, just finishing out the final season.

The Baby Cakes nickname will be one of the more short-lived team names in recent PCL history. They…

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