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!