We got an unexpected night off in Albuquerque last night, as the Isotopes front office decided to postpone the game due to inclement weather. A make-up doubleheader is being played today at 3:05 (Pacific).
Like all minor league doubleheaders, today’s will be two seven-inning games with a break of about 30 minutes between contests. It’s Tacoma’s third doubleheader of the season and first on the road – the Rainiers played two doubleheaders against Reno at home, sweeping one and splitting the other.
Last night’s situation was a bit odd.
First, about 30 minutes before scheduled first pitch, we were told that the start of the game was on hold due to storms in the area. It was not raining at the time and there was no tarp on the field.
After about 40 minutes of no rain it was announced that the game would begin at 6:15 Pacific – 40 minutes late. The starting pitchers went out to the bullpens and began stretching and loosening up.
Then, it started raining – lightly. Out came the tarp. At that point I figured we were in for a long night of waiting for an opening to get the game started. But no! In less than a half-hour, the decision was made to postpone and play two today.
It was a weird situation, all around. If the game had started on time we surely would have gotten five innings in – it was not raining at all with no storms visibly nearby when I walked out of the ballpark. It was, however, very windy and the crowd was small for a Friday night because of all the rain in the region – and if we had started on time we would have played a couple early innings in a light rain, but that happens all the time.
Whatever. Let’s play two today!
YESTERDAY: Sometimes, it rains. On Thursday we had another low scoring game in Albuquerque, as Isotopes starter Ty Blach tossed five shutout innings to earn the win in a 5-2 victory over the Rainiers. Tacoma had seven hits – six singles and a double – with Mason McCoy and Jake Scheiner netting two hits each. Cooper Hummel reached base four times, with a double and three walks.
TODAY: Tacoma Rainiers (19-23) at Albuquerque Isotopes (18-24), doubleheader, 3:05 (Pacific).
OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Colorado Rockies.
OPPOSING MANAGER: Pedro Lopez.
SEASON SERIES: Albuquerque leads, 2-1.
G1: RHP Konner Wade (0-0, 6.08) at RHP Dinelson Lamet (0-0, 4.50)
G2: RHP Jose Rodriguez (1-4, 4.78) at LHP Josh Rogers (1-2, 7.76)
ROSTER MOVES: None today as of blog posting time. Our last roster move was May 5 – this has got to be a record in the Dipoto era.
HOT HITTERS: Jake Scheiner has hit safely in 13 of his last 15 games. He ranks tied for second in the PCL with 12 homers… Mike Ford has 46 RBI, which still leads all of minor league baseball despite Ford having just one RBI in his last ten games… Zach DeLoach has a six-game hitting streak… Cooper Hummel has hit safely in four straight games.
OPPONENT NEWS: Albuquerque just went 2-4 in a six-gamer at Las Vegas… after starting the season 10-6, and ‘Topes have lost 18 of 25… Nolan Jones has been one of the top hitters in the PCL this year, batting.358 with 12 home runs and 41 RBI… an Albuquerque returnee from 2022, Coco Montes is batting .322 with 37 RBI… Gig Harbor product Michael Toglia went and got himself called up to the big leagues the day before the series against his hometown team, so congrats to him… former Rainiers lefty Fernando Abad was also called up Monday, but the Isotopes do still have ex-Rainiers from last season Matt Koch and Phillips Valdez, plus another former Rainiers reliever Matt Carasiti.
BROADCAST: All games will be broadcast free on a live audio stream which is available right here.
Unfortunately, there is no traditional terrestrial radio station carrying the games at this time.
PCL SCOREBOARD: Follow all league games in real-time with links to broadcasts and Gameday screens right here.
- Here’s the article from the Albuquerque newspaper on last night’s postponement.
- A story from Las Vegas on how the Aviators are surviving in a rapidly expanding sports market.
- The Mariners received another strong start from Bryce Miller, but the offense and the bullpen faltered in a 6-2 loss at Atlanta.
- Jose Caballero opened the season with the Rainiers, and now he’s the Mariners starting second baseman.