It’s a Sunday doubleheader for the Tacoma Rainiers at Sugar Land this afternoon, as we make up Thursday’s rainout. Both games will be broadcast on the regular stream, linked down below.
Here’s some between-games reading for you: our Week In Review.
The week started with the last remnants of the Fourth of July holiday weekend on Monday, when we celebrated the Rainiers great “bullpen game” against Reno.
Tuesday’s post talked about how the Rainiers were out-hit by Reno, 17-13, yet still easily won the game.
On Wednesday, as dictated by the traditions of the Triple-A West, we rested.
Thursday’s post previewed the Rainiers first ever road trip to Sugar Land, and provided some background as to why Sugar Land is in the league now.
On Friday we wrote about Thursday’s game getting rained out. Not much in this one, to be honest.
Saturday we celebrated the Rainiers first shutout of the season, a remarkable 1-0 win at Sugar Land.
Let’s play two! And let’s get used to it, too: the Rainiers open the coming homestand with a doubleheader against Salt Lake on Thursday at Cheney Stadium.
YESTERDAY: Sugar Land took the second game of the series on Saturday night, 6-3. Tacoma struck for an early 2-0 lead, but the Skeeters’ Jake Meyers launched a three-run homer in the bottom of the third inning to take the lead. Eric Filia had two hits including a homer for the Rainiers.
TODAY: Tacoma (29-25) at Sugar Land (32-23), DOUBLEHEADER, 2:05 PT.
OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Houston Astros.
OPPOSING MANAGER: Mickey Storey.
SEASON SERIES: Tied, 1-1.
G1: LHP Ian McKinney (1-1, 8.59) at RHP Brett Conine (5-1, 3.38)
G2: TBD at RHP Austin Hansen (0-0, 5.40)
McKinney was supposed to start the game on Thursday that was rained out and is being made up today. The second game will be a bullpen game for the Rainiers.
ROSTER MOVES: We expect the Mariners to announce some moves shortly, as both Donovan Walton and Cal Raleigh left last night’s game during the second inning in a hurry, presumably to catch a night flight from Houston to Seattle. Jarred Kelenic has left the Rainiers to participate in the MLB All-Star Futures Game, which is being held on today at Coors Field (noon Pacific time, MLB Network). He’s not expected to rejoin the Rainiers until the next homestand.
HOT HITTERS: Jantzen Witte has a six-game hitting streak, and he has gone 14-for-36 over his last ten games… Jack Reinheimer has gone 10-for-31 with four doubles and two homers over his last nine games… Jarred Kelenic has hit safely in three straight, and eight of his last nine games… Jose Marmolejos is 8-for-13 during a four-game hitting streak… Dillon Thomas has reached base with a hit or walk in 12 straight games.
OPPONENT NEWS: Sugar Land has won five of its last six games… Bryan De La Cruz is 1-for-8 in this series, right after a torrid five-game hitting streak in which he was 13-for-21 with four homers and 11 RBI… Jake Meyers has hit safely in 18 of his last 19 games… C.J. Hinojosa has hit safely in five straight games, with five doubles and nine RBI during the streak.
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:
- Chris Flexen continued his domination in Mariners home games, tossing seven shutout innings in a 2-0 win over the Angels.
- The first round of the MLB Draft starts today at 4:00, and the Mariners draft 12th overall. The Seattle Times projects them to select a college pitcher, although most other mock drafts have them choosing a hitter.
- Here’s the weekly ten items regarding the Las Vegas Aviators that the newspaper does down there. I wish more teams had fun coverage like this.
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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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