When the Seattle Mariners claimed pitcher Ryan Weber off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers on July 16th and sent him to Tacoma, it was a reunion four years in the making. Weber had been with the Rainiers before.
In 2017, Weber went to spring training with the Mariners on a minor league contract. He made the Tacoma Rainiers opening day roster, and right out of the gate he was the top pitcher in the Rainiers starting rotation.
Weber made six appearances (five starts) for Tacoma that year, allowing just three runs and posting a 0.85 ERA. That got him called up by the Mariners, and until recently we hadn’t seen him since.
He bounced from the Mariners to the Tampa Bay Rays to the Durham Bulls to the Pawtucket Red Sox to the Boston Red Sox to the Worcester Red Sox then back to Boston and on to Milwaukee and then the Nashville Sounds and now, via the July waiver claim, to Tacoma.
He’s now made five starts this year, and it has been very similar to his stint in 2017. In his five starts for Tacoma, he’s allowed four runs with a 1.19 ERA.
His all-time record for the Rainiers is remarkable. In 11 career appearances (ten starts) for the Rainiers, Ryan Weber is 4-0 with a 1.02 ERA. In 62 innings he has allowed just 38 hits and seven runs. He’s walked only four – none yet this season – and has 49 strikeouts.
After pitching another beauty last night, Weber is currently slated to start the opening game of the Rainiers big series at Reno next week.
YESTERDAY: Tacoma hit four home runs and built a 6-0 lead, let it get away, and then walked off Salt Lake on Jose Godoy‘s two-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning on Thursday night. Jose Marmolejos, Marcus Wilson, Donovan Walton, and Sam Travis each homered during the first four innings of the game. Ryan Weber tossed another gem, allowing one run in six innings.
TODAY: Salt Lake (43-53) at Tacoma (55-42), 7:05.
OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Los Angeles Angels.
OPPOSING MANAGER: Lou Marson.
SEASON SERIES: Salt Lake leads, 10-9.
PITCHERS: LHP Packy Naughton (2-2, 4.76) at RHP Asher Wojciechowski (0-0, 0.00)
This will be Wojciechowski’s second start for Tacoma. He debuted three weeks ago and felt some arm soreness, so he was given two weeks off before today’s start – which will likely be short.
ROSTER MOVES: Yesterday the Rainiers activated outfielder Luis Liberato from the injured list. Infielder Wyatt Mathisen and reliever Vinny Nittoli were released by the organization. Nittoli had been with the club since opening day, aside from a brief period when he made his major league debut with Seattle.
HOT HITTERS: Jantzen Witte has reached base safely in 16 straight games, and he has gone 56-for-160 (.350) over his last 40 games… Donovan Walton has reached base in 16 straight games, and he is 28-for-66 (.424) with six homers during that time… Sam Travis has gone 34-for-101 (.337) over his last 25 games… Jack Reinheimer has a six-game hitting streak, and he has reached base in 19 straight games… Jose Marmolejos is second in the league with a .363 batting average… Eric Filia has hit safely in four straight games.
OPPONENT NEWS: Salt Lake just had a rough series at home against Reno, dropping five of six games… Michael Stefanic had four hits on Tuesday and is batting .372 with six homers during the month of August… Jake Gatewood is fourth in the league with 22 home runs… despite getting called up to the Angels on August 2, Jo Adell still leads the league with 69 RBI. The Bees lineup misses Adell and Brandon Marsh.
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- The Mariners dropped the series opener to Kansas City last night, 6-4, as Salvador Perez hit a go-ahead grand slam.
- Here’s a Mariners Notebook on the club acquiring veteran lefty Sean Doolittle, with items on Justus Sheffield and Kyle Lewis.
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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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