Rainiers Open Seven-Game Homestand Tonight

Booth, Justice and the American Pastime

We never got a chance to see if the Rainiers would get a winning record on the road trip, as the final game at Sacramento on Monday afternoon was rained out. Tacoma finished the trip with a 3-3 record… although the Rainiers did back into their first series win of the season, taking two-of-three from Sacramento. Whooooooo!!!

Yesterday’s game will be made up on Sunday, May 13th with a doubleheader on Tacoma’s next trip to Sacramento.

The conditions were playable. As one Tacoma coach said, “if we postponed games in this weather at home, we would never play!” But hey, things are different in sunny California.

Now we start a seven-game homestand tonight, and we’ll get our first look at the Albuquerque Isotopes. The ‘Topes currently lead the PCL in home runs hit, but this series marks the first games they will play at fewer than 4,200 feet above sea…

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Noon Game Today: Rainiers Go For Series Win On Road

Booth, Justice and the American Pastime

We’ve got an early start today: a 12:05 first pitch from Sacramento where the Rainiers are trying to get their first road series win of the year, and post a winning record on the first road trip of the season. Tacoma has won two of the first three games here, and is 3-3 on the seven-game road trip.

If you are listening on the radio, tune in early for the pregame show at 11:50. Dusty Baker is my interview subject and he talks a bit about Tacoma manager Pat Listach, whom he has known for decades.

Yesterday the Rainiers took advantage of all of Sacramento’s mistakes in the early innings and led 14-0 in the fourth. River Cats make a first inning error? That’s a run. Cats walk four Tacoma batters in a row in the third inning? Oh boy, that’s gonna be a lot of runs. Everything went…

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Izturis Jr. Lightens Mood

Booth, Justice and the American Pastime

The Rainiers were getting knocked around on Saturday night in Sacramento, and nobody seemed to be having any fun. Leave it to an 18-year-old to save the day.

No, Cesar Izturis Jr. didn’t lead the Rainiers to an amazing comeback. But his pure joy upon appearing in his first game on U.S. soil, and then collecting his first hit, was enough to remind everyone that the game is fun.

The son of longtime major league infielder Cesar Izturis has been sitting on the Rainiers bench since opening day, hoping for a chance to play in a game. When Taylor Motter was called up by Seattle right before Tacoma’s opening day, the organization brought Izturis Jr. up from extended spring training to serve as an emergency infielder and gain some in-the-dugout experience being around a Triple-A team.

Izturis Jr. was signed out of Venezuela last year, and played in the Dominican…

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