Sunday is Week in Review day, so let’s jump into our overview of the past six blog posts.
The week began with the team getting beat up by Las Vegas, which was a turnabout because in recent weeks it has been the Rainiers who have been handing out the beatdowns.
Tuesday’s post was about how the Rainiers went nearly a month without losing back-to-back games.
Wednesday is the Triple-A West Day of Rest. In an act of solidarity with the league as a whole, we rested.
Thursday we previewed the Sacramento series, hoping to turn things around after the team surprisingly lost the final three games of the Las Vegas series at home, settling for a split.
On Friday we provided the blow-by-blow account of the Rainiers ending the three-game losing streak with a wild 12-inning win at Sacramento.
Yesterday’s post was about how the Rainiers won again at Sacramento, while getting a big contribution from rehabilitating Mariners starter Justus Sheffield.
And today we shall continue…
YESTERDAY: Tacoma came back to tie the game after falling behind 3-0 and 5-3, but allowed two runs in the bottom of the eighth and could not rally in the ninth inning of a 7-5 loss to Sacramento on Saturday. Jose Marmolejos went 3-for-4 with two doubles, Jantzen Witte was 3-for-5 with three RBI, and Brian O’Keefe hit a solo homer.
TODAY: Tacoma (53-40) at Sacramento (39-53), 1:05.
OPPONENT AFFILIATION: San Francisco Giants.
OPPOSING MANAGER: Dave Brundage.
SEASON SERIES: Tacoma leads, 10-5.
PITCHERS: LHP Ian McKinney (3-4, 6.80) at RHP Sean Hjelle (1-1, 5.11)
Hjelle is 6-foot-11 and it’s pronounced “jelly.” This is his third Triple-A start, after being promoted from Double-A Richmond.
HOT HITTERS: Jantzen Witte has gone 54-for-147 (.367) over his last 37 games… Sam Travis has gone 29-for-89 (.326) over his last 22 games… Jack Reinheimer has a four-game hitting streak, and he has reached base in 17 straight games.
OPPONENT NEWS: Sacramento ended a six-game losing streak last night… the Giants have loaded the Sacramento roster with MLB veterans for the stretch run, to provide insurance as the big club attempts to win the National League West… former Rainiers and Mariners outfielder Braden Bishop has hit safely in six straight games, with two home runs… Bryce Johnson has reached base in 11 straight games… Thairo Estrada homered in the first two games of this series… highly ranked prospect Heliot Ramos hit his first Triple-A home run on Saturday at Salt Lake… catching prospect Joey Bart has been out with a quad injury.
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:
- The Mariners are, uh, not playing well in Houston.
- New reliever Diego Castillo landed on the Mariners injured list, and plans for Justus Sheffield are discussed in this notebook.
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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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