What: Tacoma Rainiers at New Orleans Zephyrs.
When: 2 p.m.
Where: Zephyr Field, Metairie.
Probable pitchers: Zephyrs left-hander Brian Flynn (1-2, 3.00 ERA) vs. Rainiers right-hander Jeremy Bonderman (2-3, 3.83)
RADIO: WTMI-FM, 106.1
It’s Mother’s Day. There will be a flower giveaway for the first 500 mothers attending the game.
It’s also Kids Day! Children ages 2-12 will be admitted for $5. Spacewalk inflatables are available for pregame play, and after the game, children will be able to run the bases and play catch on the field. Yo Gabba Gabba’s Toodee and Plex will appear.
Almost as soon as catcher Mike Zunino came to the Rainiers at the start of this season, the Zunino-to-the-Mariners watch began.
Zunino, the No. 17 on Baseball America’s top 100 list of minor league prospects, was selected third overall in the June 2012 draft after winning the Golden Spikes Award as the nation’s best amateur player. He helped lead Florida to the College World Series three from 2010-12.
Since being drafted, Zunino has been on the fast track to the parent Seattle Mariners, playing 19 games with Class A Everett and 12 with AA Jackson last season and coming to Tacoma this season.
He is batting just .222 but has five homers, third in he PCL, six doubles, two triples and has driven in 29 runs.
The Mariners want him to get more consistent defensively, a team source said, although he is considered to be adequate and throws well.
When former Zephyr Austin Kearns was placed on the Marlins’ bereavement list, it was said to be for personal reasons. However, a source said Kearns has had an irregular heart beat. … The fireworks display scheduled to take place after Friday’s game was canceled because they game ended so late, the display would have violated the city’s noise ordinance. The display has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 8. The fireworks show scheduled for Friday, June 7, will take place as planned.
Gorkys Hernandez drove in Kevin Mattison with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th to give the Zephyrs a 3-2 victory over the Salt Lake City Bees late Friday night at Zephyr Field.
The game had a one hour, 46 minute rain delay and didn’t start until 8:46 p.m. It ended three hours, seven minutes later.
The Zephyrs won the series three games to one and have won five of their past seven games.