The Tacoma Rainiers five-game win streak ended last night, as the bats went cold and managed just three hits in a 5-1 loss to the Aces.
After winning the first three games of the six-game series, the Rainiers now face the grim possibility of repeating the result of the team’s last trip to Reno.
Tacoma rolled into town for six games on May 31, with interim manager Dan Wilson at the helm of the squad. The Rainiers won the first three games of the series, and then was unable to win the series. The Aces won the final three games in a row, netting a split.
The Rainiers are a lot better right now than they were five weeks ago, and should be able to take at least one of these final two games and lock up a road series win.
Since the league went to predominantly six-game series in 2021, the series win has been tougher to get – especially on the road. The Rainiers just took four-of-six from Salt Lake at home, and have a real opportunity here in Reno to make it back-to-back series wins.
YESTERDAY: The Rainiers were limited to three hits in a 5-1 loss at Reno, which ended the team’s season-best five-game winning streak. Jarred Kelenic pulled a solo homer to right field for the Rainiers lone run.
TODAY: Tacoma Rainiers (35-46) at Reno Aces (42-40), 6:35.
OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Arizona Diamondbacks.
OPPOSING MANAGER: Gil Velazquez.
SEASON SERIES: Tied, 8-8.
PITCHERS: LHP Justus Sheffield (2-5, 7.13) at RHP Ryne Nelson (6-5, 5.83)
ROSTER MOVES: We could have some action today, since the Mariners had a reliever (Ken Giles) get injured last night, and another reliever’s wife went into labor (congrats to the Swanson‘s).
HOT HITTERS: Jarred Kelenic has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games, and he has homered in the last two games… Forrest Wall saw his streak of reaching base safely in 17 straight games end last night… Brian O’Keefe has hit safely in eight of his last nine games, going 13-for-39 with five home runs and nine RBI.
OPPONENT NEWS: Reno just played a six-game home-and-home against Sacramento. They went 1-2 against them at home, and then 2-1 at Sacramento… Jake McCarthy is back in Triple-A, where he is hitting .380 for the season (he’s hit .228 in the big leagues with Arizona this year). He has a seven-game hitting streak… Wilmer Difo has a seven-game hitting streak… the Aces are taking a look at former Pittsburgh Pirates starting shortstop Cole Tucker… infielder Jake Hager, who had a stretch with Tacoma last season, was optioned to Triple-A Reno yesterday.
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- The Mariners were able to extend their win streak to six straight games on a walk-off home run by Eugenio Suarez.
- The Times has an article on the M’s plans for Carlos Santana now that Ty France is back in the lineup.
- In the PCL, league home run leader David Villar of Sacramento was named to the MLB All-Star Futures Game, but he’s currently in the majors and he won’t play in it if that’s still the case a week from now.