Rainiers Outing

As I mentioned yesterday morning, I went to the Tacoma Rainiers’ game last night to go watch the M’s top prospect, Dustin Ackley.  The trip came on the heels of the demotion of Justin Smoak from the major league club and the promotion of reliever Josh Lueke from AA West Tennessee, and while I was keeping my fingers crossed to maybe see one of them play, I wasn’t holding out hope for anything past what I went there for.

In a stroke of luck, I actually got a chance to meet Mike Curto, the Rainiers’ play by play man, and former Mariner Bucky Jacobsen before the game, and in the course of our conversation, learned that both men were in the stadium and in uniform, and that Smoak would be in the lineup at first base.  Later, I found out from Curto that Lueke would be pitching that night as well, which he did, shutting the Reno Aces down utterly in the eighth and ninth innings to earn a save in what was an exciting win for the Rainiers.

I wrote up the night and my scouting observations for Ackley, Smoak, Lueke, and a couple of others (including Yoervis Medina, up from Everett to make an emergency start for the Rainiers), and they’re posted over at ProBall Northwest.  Go check them out!

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8 Responses to Rainiers Outing

  1. Jeff Engels says:

    Hi, I went to the game last night and wrote a piece on my blog that got picked-up by Bleacher Report about the Rainiers. What a breath of fresh air! The whole experience was great and I’m heading back Tuesday for the day game. Would have loved to meet Bucky Jacobsen must have been fun. I talked to one of their media people about a sort of bloggers section like the Cleveland Indians are doing for their local bloggers. Anyway good report and I think the Rainiers may be the only way to maintain any sanity this year.Ciao Jeff at http://jeffsmariners.com

  2. I don’t know what you’re talking about, Jon, I’ve never seen that used anywhere before 😉

  3. Alexandra says:

    Since the Mariners are off tonight, Fox is carrying Portland VS Salt Lake City. Jeez why not Tacoma VS Reno? I’d like to see the Raniers play and see the up and coming, Oh well. Are the Raniers on TV elsewhere?

    • Megan Shear says:

      I’m not sure why they don’t show the Rainiers – I’m thinking that maybe it’s because FSN in this area caters to both Seattle and Portland fans, and most of the time they air Mariners games – maybe they’re just trying to give PDX a fair shake once in a while? I’d prefer the Rainiers game myself, but not much we can do. :/

      I don’t know of any other channels that might air the Rainiers game tonight.

    • Comcast Sportsnet has the Rainiers at times. I think it’s channel 179 in most of the greater Seattle area as long as you have Comcast.

      The reason why FSN rarely shows the Rainiers instead of the Beavers is simple: the Beavers have a contract with FSN NW and the Rainiers don’t. That might change with Portland no longer having a team next year, but haven’t heard anything certain yet.

      • Megan Shear says:

        Did not know about the contract – would have thought there’d be more Beavs games on then during off days, but maybe it’s simply a difference of where you are geographically…

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