Home runs were definitely the theme as we look back at our Tacoma Rainiers week in review.
We started things off on Tuesday with a preview of the Albuquerque series, focusing on two players of local interest.
Wednesday’s post dived into the details of the Rainiers home run hitting streak.
It’s not just homers – the Rainiers bullpen has also excelled in recent games.
The team’s streak of games with a homer ended at 13, but then Tacoma hit nine doubles in a game to win.
Finally, yesterday’s post was about how home runs are expected when facing Albuquerque.
Today’s game concludes the Rainiers longest homestand of the season. The team travels to Salt Lake City on the off day Monday, and starts a six-game series against the Salt Lake Bees on Tuesday at 5:35 (Pacific). This will be the Rainiers fourth and final trip to Salt Lake City this season (sheesh). Our next post will preview the series, and will go up early Tuesday afternoon.
YESTERDAY: Albuquerque shortstop Alan Trejo‘s eighth inning grand slam broke open a one-run game and led the Isotopes to a 6-2 win over the Rainiers on Saturday night. Trejo went 4-for-5 with a double, two homers, and five RBI, he has hit five homers in this series, and he surely is going to win the PCL Player of the Week award. Mason McCoy continued his hot hitting for Tacoma, getting two hits including a solo homer in the ninth inning. Tacoma needs a win today to split the six-game Albuquerque series, but the homestand has been lost as the Rainiers are 5-7 going into the 13th and final game.
TODAY: Albuquerque Isotopes (53-62) at Tacoma Rainiers (52-64), 1:35.
OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Colorado Rockies.
OPPOSING MANAGER: Warren Schaeffer
SEASON SERIES: Albuquerque leads, 7-4.
PITCHERS: RHP Riley Smith (4-5, 7.22) at LHP Roenis Elias (1-2, 5.86)
The Rainiers decided to start Elias today instead of Chris Mazza, who will be available from the bullpen.
ROSTER MOVES: None today as of posting time – it’s been quiet lately.
HOT HITTERS: Erick Mejia has an 11-game hitting streak, and he has reached base safely in 16 straight games… Jarred Kelenic has a seven-game hitting streak… Drew Ellis has hit four home runs over his last nine games, and 11 of his last 15 hits have gone for extra bases… Mason McCoy has a four-game hitting streak, going 8-for-12 with three homers during the four games, and he has homered six times over his last 11 games.
OPPONENT NEWS: Prior to arriving in Tacoma, Albuquerque split a six-game home series against first place Reno. The Isotopes led the series 3-1 but lost the last two games… Albuquerque has four former Rainiers on its roster (D.J. Peterson, Tim Lopes, Ashton Goudeau, and Zach Lee), plus local product Michael Toglia (Gig Harbor High School class of 2016)… Toglia is 10-for-23 with two homers and seven RBI over the first four games of the series… Sean Bouchard has reached base in 17 straight games, and he has hit three home runs during this series… Alan Trejo has gone 9-for-22 with five homers and nine RBI during the series… the Isotopes have hit 12 grand slams this year.
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.
PCL SCOREBOARD: Follow all league games in real-time with links to broadcasts and Gameday screens right here.
- The Mariners four-game win streak ended with a 4-3, ten inning loss to the A’s yesterday. The M’s nine-game road trip ends today. As an aside, it’s amazing how many players who were in Tacoma playing for Las Vegas last week are now in the big leagues with Oakland.
- The Times has a recap of the Mariners drop in the overall farm system rankings (due to graduations and trades), and also takes a stab at guessing who might be called up when the MLB roster expands to 28 on September 1.