On Monday night the Reno Aces out-hit the Tacoma Rainiers, 17-13, and four of those 17 hits were home runs – compared to three homers for Tacoma.
Tough night at the old ballpark for Tacoma, right?
Despite being significantly out-hit, the Rainiers pulled away in the late innings and easily beat Reno, 15-7.
The Rainiers hit three home runs and all of the came with runners on base: a three-run blast by Jantzen Witte, and two-run dingers from Jose Marmolejos and Jose Godoy.
The game was close through the middle of the sixth inning, with Tacoma hanging on to a 6-5 lead. But the Rainiers scored three runs in each of the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings to end up winning easily.
The first time Tacoma played Reno this season – at Reno, at the end of May – Reno took a 3-1 lead in the series and Tacoma won the final two games to get a split. A similar result is now possible in this series: Reno won the first three games, but now Tacoma has taken two straight and can earn the split with a win tonight.
On Wednesday the Rainiers have a “day off.” Actually, the team has an early, long flight to Houston, and then a 45-minute bus ride to Sugar Land, Texas where a six-game series against the Skeeters begins on Thursday night. It will be the Rainiers first trip to new Triple-A city Sugar Land, where the team is named after the creatures that populate the area. Don’t forget to pack the bug spray!
Our next post will come Thursday, previewing the Skeeters series.
YESTERDAY: Tacoma took down Reno, 15-7, despite being out-hit 17-13. Jarred Kelenic went 4-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI, and Jose Marmolejos was 3-for-4 with a homer, four runs scored, and three RBI. The Rainiers can earn a split of the six-game series with a win tonight.
TODAY: Reno (34-19) at Tacoma (28-23), 7:05.
OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Arizona Diamondbacks.
OPPOSING MANAGER: Blake Lalli.
SEASON SERIES: Reno leads, 6-5.
PITCHERS: RHP Kevin McCanna (0-0, 4.50) at LHP David Huff (1-1, 5.84)
This looks like a bullpen day for Reno.
HOT HITTERS: Jose Godoy has hit safely in nine of his last ten games… Jantzen Witte has a five-game hitting streak, and he has gone 13-for-32 over his last nine games… Ty Kelly has a four-game hitting streak… Jack Reinheimer has gone 10-for-28 with four doubles and two homers over his last eight games… both Jose Marmolejos and Jarred Kelenic have tallied six hits over the last two games.
OPPONENT NEWS: The Aces 34-19 record is the best in the league… recently outrighted Ildemaro Vargas is Reno’s all-time hit leader… Jamie Ritchie is second in the league with a .378 batting average… outfielder Stuart Fairchild graduated from Seattle Prep class of 2014. He’s hot right now, going 11-for-26 with five home runs in his last seven games.
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.
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STORIES YOU MIGHT LIKE:
- MLB.com caught up with Rainiers outfielder Jarred Kelenic.
- In his Seattle Times Mariners Mailbag, Ryan Divish discusses the pros and cons of trading Mitch Haniger. My opinion: don’t do it, he has a year left on his contract, it’s time to start trying to win, you can trade him next July if things aren’t going well.
- The Mariners have scratched 2020 first round draft pick Emerson Hancock from the MLB All-Star Futures Game due to a sore shoulder. Uh-oh.
- The News Tribune has a story on the recent success of Jake Fraley.
- The Las Vegas Review-Journal followed up on the Drew Robinson story, as the Sacramento outfielder has been playing in his hometown of Las Vegas this series.
- The Mariners struck out on this week’s edition of the Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet.
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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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