The Rainiers missed out on a chance to gain ground on first place Reno on Sunday, dropping a 7-5 decision at Sacramento after the Aces had already lost in Salt Lake City. The Rainiers remain 2.5 games behind Reno.
The half-game should disappear tonight, weather permitting. Reno is scheduled to play a makeup doubleheader at Salt Lake, where there has been a lot of rain recently. The Rainiers play a single game here in sunny Sacramento.
Tacoma won the first two games here, but have now lost two in a row and the six-game series is tied, 2-2. Sunday’s game was one that got away, as the Rainiers led throughout the middle innings only to see the River Cats rally in the seventh. Big game tonight for Tacoma, to try to get back on track and secure at least a series split.
YESTERDAY: Tacoma took a 5-3 lead into the seventh inning stretch, but Sacramento scored four runs in the bottom of the inning and beat the Rainiers on Sunday afternoon, 7-5. Former Rainiers and Mariners outfielder Braden Bishop hit the go-ahead two-run homer – on his 28th birthday. Tacoma scored three runs in the top of the first inning, and added solo home runs by Jose Marmolejos and Brian O’Keefe later, but could not rally in the late innings.
TODAY: Tacoma (53-41) at Sacramento (40-53), 7:05.
OPPONENT AFFILIATION: San Francisco Giants.
OPPOSING MANAGER: Dave Brundage.
SEASON SERIES: Tacoma leads, 10-6.
PITCHERS: RHP Logan Verrett (7-3, 5.21) at RHP Norwith Gudino (2-0, 5.06)
ROSTER MOVES: The Rainiers have added reliever Bryan Pall from Advanced-A Everett to help boost the pitching depth tonight.
HOT HITTERS: Jantzen Witte has gone 54-for-151 (.358) over his last 38 games… Sam Travis has gone 29-for-89 (.326) over his last 22 games… Jack Reinheimer has a five-game hitting streak, and he has reached base in 18 straight games… Jose Marmolejos has a four-game hitting streak, and he leads the league with a .372 batting average.
OPPONENT NEWS: Sacramento ended a six-game losing streak on Saturday night… former Rainiers and Mariners outfielder Braden Bishop has hit safely in seven straight games, with three home runs… Bryce Johnson has reached base in 12 straight games, and he has a five-game hitting streak… highly ranked prospect Heliot Ramos hit his first Triple-A home run on Saturday at Salt Lake… catching prospect Joey Bart has been out with a quad injury.
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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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