A Big Night in Tacoma – Hultzen vs. Moyer

With Mariners top prospect Danny Hultzen going against former Mariners pitcher Jamie Moyer tonight, Cheney Stadium was a hot ticket.

Rainiers PR guy Ben Spradling sent the following factoids:

  • The game sold out about 20 minutes before first pitch, the second sold out game of the season for the Rainiers.
  • With over 7,400 tickets sold, it’s the largest crowd this season for the Rainiers.
  • In addition to the regularly credentialed media at the game, the Rainiers issued 11 additional media credentials.
  • An auxiliary press box was set up to house the extra media in attendance.

Moyer, who is 49 years old, is hoping to get back to the Major Leagues after Tommy John surgery. He signed a minor league deal a few days ago with the Toronto Blue Jays. He’ll make a few starts for the Las Vegas 51s before the Blue Jays decide if they will call him up.

By the second inning of tonight’s game, Moyer had surrendered two home runs—a two run shot by newly named PCL All-Star Luis Jimenez and a solo homer by Adam Moore.

Hultzen, the #2 overall pick in last year’s draft, made his second Triple-A start tonight.  In 4.0 innings he allowed 3 hits, 1 run, 4 walks, 6 strikeouts (90 pitches/52 for strikes).

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