The Rainiers got walloped by Las Vegas on Sunday, 14-0. There is no other way to say it. It was a beatdown.
That result was something of a turnabout for the Rainiers, who have been the ones handing out the beatings on a regular basis lately. During the stretch that ended yesterday in which the Rainiers won 14 out of 17 games, they had victories by lopsided scores such as 9-2, 9-3, 13-0, and 10-1. Go back a little bit further and there was a 12-2 wipeout of Salt Lake.
Tacoma had not been on the losing side of a blowout in nearly a month: a 15-4 loss to Salt Lake on July 17. Prior to that, the Rainiers had some huge wins by scores of 10-2 (twice) and 15-7.
According to my advanced-math calculations, the Rainiers have been the winner in eight of the last ten games they have played that finished with lopsided scores. Your 2021 Tacoma Rainiers: Good at Blowouts!
As I’ve said on the air and written here dozens of times, these games happen. There are always a few every year – you win some, you lose some. Today’s a new day, and it’s an early game, and yesterday’s result is forgotten.
YESTERDAY: The Rainiers took one on the chin on Sunday, losing 14-0 to Las Vegas and halting the club’s winning streak at five. Skye Bolt went 5-for-5 for Las Vegas, with a grand slam and six RBI. Aviators starter Daulton Jefferies pitched six innings for the win as the Rainiers were shut out for only the third time this season.
TODAY: Las Vegas (44-44) at Tacoma (51-37), 11:35 AM.
OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Oakland A’s.
OPPOSING MANAGER: Fran Riordan.
SEASON SERIES: Tacoma leads, 10-6.
PITCHERS: RHP Brian Howard (3-4, 5.61) at RHP Logan Verrett (7-2, 4.89)
Your fun stat for the day: the Tacoma Rainiers are 10-2 in games started by Verrett. Your fun fact of the day: when pitching at home, Howard’s warm-up music is “Red Right Hand.”
HOT HITTERS: Jantzen Witte has an eight-game hitting streak, and he has gone 43-for-122 (.352) over his last 32 games… Sam Travis has gone 24-for-69 (.348) over his last 17 games… Jack Reinheimer has reached base in 13 straight games… Jose Marmolejos is 25-for-50 over his last 13 games, he has a six-game hitting streak, and he leads the league with a .379 batting average… Jose Godoy has 16 RBI over his last eight games… Brian O’Keefe has hit safely in 12 of his last 14 games.
OPPONENT NEWS: Las Vegas just beat Salt Lake in a six-game series, 4-2… Austin Allen has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games, going 23-for-47 with six home runs during the streak… Skye Bolt has gone 5-for-5 twice in his last four games… Nate Mondou (Charles Wright Academy, Class of 2013) returns home and will play his first games at Cheney Stadium as a professional… Las Vegas has added former Oakland A’s 40-home run man (and serial .247 hitter) Khris Davis to its roster.
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.
TRIPLE-A WEST SCOREBOARD: Follow all league games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.
STORIES YOU MIGHT LIKE:
- The News Tribune’s weekly Mariners Takeaways includes a segment on Jose Marmolejos and the Rainiers.
- The Mariners missed out on a chance to sweep the Blue Jays when Logan Gilbert got knocked around on Sunday.
- Baseball America updated its MLB Organization Talent Rankings and has the Mariners at No. 1. This is primarily due to the emergence of several starting pitching prospects from the lower levels of the system (several have recently been promoted to Double-A Arkansas).
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About the Tacoma Rainiers
The Tacoma Rainiers are the Triple-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. The Rainiers are a member of the Triple-A West. Tacoma has been a Mariners affiliate since establishing the Rainiers moniker in 1995.
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