The Tacoma Rainiers wrap up the ten-game homestand tonight at 6:05 against the Sacramento River Cats, and the Rainiers hope to keep the positive streaks going.
The team has won its last three games, improving its record to 18-15. That marks the first time this season that Tacoma has been three games over the .500 mark.
Power has been a big part of the Rainiers offense for the last three weeks now. Yesterday the Rainiers homered twice, making it 20 consecutive games in which the team has hit at least one home run. It’s the longest streak of its kind currently going in affiliated professional baseball.
Finally, Cal Raleigh kept his streak going with a double in the sixth inning. He’s hit safely in 21 straight games, which is Tacoma’s longest hitting streak since Brad Miller had a 22-gamer in 2013. If Raleigh gets a hit tonight, he’ll have the opportunity to chase down the franchise record of 26 while playing in a great hitter’s ballpark in Las Vegas on the upcoming road trip.
The Rainiers are 5-4 on this homestand. They went 2-3 against Salt Lake and are 3-1 versus the River Cats.
Wednesday is an off day, and there will be no blog update. We’ll get back at it on Thursday, when Tacoma opens a two-city, 12-game, 13-day road trip in Las Vegas.
YESTERDAY: Tacoma beat Sacramento, 5-1. Jarred Kelenic led off the first inning with a 12-pitch walk, stole second, and scored on Donovan Walton‘s double. Evan White hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the sixth, and Kelenic went deep in the seventh inning. Logan Verrett started for the Rainiers and allowed one run in 5.2 innings. Daniel Zamora, Keynan Middleton, and Brian Schlitter combined to pitch perfect relief over the final 3.1 innings.
TODAY: Sacramento (14-20) at Tacoma (18-15), 6:05 PT.
OPPONENT AFFILIATION: San Francisco Giants.
OPPOSING MANAGER: Dave Brundage.
SEASON SERIES: Tacoma leads, 3-1.
PITCHERS: RHP Tyler Beede (0-3, 7.65) at LHP David Huff (1-0, 2.08)
Huff is coming off a great outing last Tuesday: six innings pitched, one run allowed against Salt Lake.
ROSTER MOVES: Yesterday the six players recently sent down by the Mariners all reported to Tacoma: Dillon Thomas, Donovan Walton, Jacob Nottingham, Robert Dugger, Daniel Zamora, and Keynan Middleton. Catcher Luis Torrens was called up by Seattle, with reliever Yohan Ramirez optioned to Tacoma.
HOT HITTERS: Cal Raleigh has a 21-game hitting streak, going 35-for-87 during the streak… Raleigh has reached base safely in 25 straight games… the Rainiers have homered in each of the last 20 games, clubbing 44 home runs during that time with 19 different players going deep.
OPPONENT NEWS: catcher Joey Bart is one of the top prospects in the league; he’s 13-for-32 with three homers in his last seven games… Joe McCarthy is on a 16-game hitting streak… Thairo Estrada is back from a week in the big leagues; he has a ten-game hitting streak in Triple-A… Sacramento skipper Dave Brundage managed the Rainiers in 2006, and was a Tacoma hitting coach prior to that. He played outfield in the Mariners farm system.
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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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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