Last night was the Rainiers home opener and the grand opening of the newly remodeled Cheney Stadium. In typical Puget Sound fashion, the weather was cold, gray and a Northwest mist lingered for the whole game. The stadium looked great and the baseball wasn't too bad.
The Rainiers lost 6-5, because A's "sort of" prospect Chris Carter went 3-for-5 with a 3-run homer, an RBI single and the game-winning RBI double in the ninth. Carter has pure power, but he's faltered at the big league level because he doesn't make contact enough to showcase it.
Tacoma fought back and tied the game twice. Carlos Peguero had a big night going 3-for-4. He hit a two-run homer to right off that hit off the scoreboard. He also hit a monster shot that hit off the wall in center at 425 feet. So he hit two balls over 400 feet. He also added a single, but struck out in the bottom of the ninth with the Rainiers down a run. Still, his power his there. It's the contact
Columnist John McGrath was at the game with me and wrote a column about opening night.
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Our news side columnist Kathleen Merryman was also there and talked to fans at the opener and had this column.
Elsewhere around the minor leagues, Double A Jackson and Class A Clintonn were rained out.
Down in Class A High Desert, Franklin Gutierrez didn't make his expected rehab start because of more stomach issues. But because he was going to be there, the Mariners stepped up the food for the players postgame. Shortstop Nick Franklin continued his hot streak going 1-for-2 with a walk. He is now 7-for-14 over the last four games.