The Rainiers picked up a ten-inning win over El Paso last night, 3-2, and have an opportunity to win the series with a victory tonight in the final game of the homestand.
During last night’s game, news broke that the Mariners intend to call-up Jarred Kelenic for their next homestand which begins on Thursday. With the Rainiers off on Wednesday, that means that tonight could be your last chance to see Kelenic in a Tacoma jersey. It will be interesting to see how much he plays tonight, because you don’t want to risk injury. I’d DH him, to be safer.
Kelenic has hit .409 in his first five Triple-A games, going 9-for-22 at the plate. He hit two home runs on opening night, and seven singles since then – although his single last night was a line drive that hit halfway up the right field fence. He’s drawn two walks, has struck out five times, and is 2-for-2 stealing bases.
For more information on the Kelenic situation, see the “Stories You Might Like” section down below.
Tonight is the final game of the homestand. The Rainiers are off for travel on Wednesday, and will open a six-game series at Salt Lake on Thursday night with first pitch set for 5:35 (PT).
As in the past, on days when there is no game there is also no blog post. Look for the next update to come early Thursday afternoon.
YESTERDAY: Tacoma picked up its first extra-innings win of the season on Monday night, 3-2 over El Paso. Newly reacquired reliever Justin Grimm escaped the automatic jam in the top of the tenth inning (when a runner gets placed at second base to start the inning), and then the Rainiers were able to cash in in the bottom of the inning. Jack Reinheimer singled home Dillon Thomas with nobody out to end the game. Donovan Walton and Jantzen Witte each had two hits for Tacoma, with Witte’s second hit helping to set up the winning run.
TODAY: El Paso (2-3) at Tacoma (3-2), 6:05.
OPPONENT AFFILIATION: San Diego Padres.
OPPOSING MANAGER: Edwin Rodriguez.
SEASON SERIES: Tacoma leads, 3-2.
PITCHERS: LHP Daniel Camarena (0-0, 0.00) at RHP Brady Lail (0-1, 9.00)
El Paso is operating with a five-man starting rotation, so their opening day starter Camarena makes his second start in game six. The Rainiers will be having another bullpen day today.
ROSTER MOVES: We expect a move or two today. Outfielder Braden Bishop has left for a couple days on paternity leave – congrats to the Bishop family!
HOT HITTERS: Jarred Kelenic opened the season with four consecutive two-hit games, and now has a five-game hitting streak… Donovan Walton has a five-game hitting streak… Jantzen Witte has a four-game hitting streak.
OPPONENT NEWS: Pitcher MacKenzie Gore is the top prospect on the Chihuahuas, but catcher Luis Campusano and infielder Tucupita Marcano are also well-regarded young players. El Paso has former Rainiers Patrick Kivlehan, John Andreoli, Aaron Northcraft, and Parker Markel.
BROADCAST: All games will be broadcast free on a live audio stream which is available right here.
As in the past, a streaming HD telecast is available through MiLB.TV. It’s a subscription service, but it’s just a one-time payment that gets you thousands of games from all levels of the minor leagues, including all 120 Tacoma Rainiers games home and away. That same link above has details on how to get it if you scroll down the page – there’s even a discount code.
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:
- We’ll start with the Seattle Times report on the imminent call-up of Jarred Kelenic.
- The News Tribune has a similar report on Kelenic.
- Times columnist Matt Calkins takes a look at where the Mariners stand right now.
- Fangraphs head Jay Jaffe has had enough of the runner-on-second extra innings rule.
Listen to every home and away Tacoma Rainiers game for free HERE. You can also download the MiLB First Pitch app for a free and easy one-click listening experience at home, work or in your car. Watch an HD video broadcast of every game with an MiLB.TV subscription. Use code: RAINIERS to save $10 on an annual subscription.
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