We return to our regular Sunday schedule for the Tacoma Rainiers week in review.
Things started off with a literal bang on the Fourth of July, when Zach Green hit three home runs and the Rainiers coasted to a win.
Next the Rainiers continued their recent trend of winning in extra innings. They have won their last four extra innings games.
On Friday we discussed the Rainiers biggest offensive game of the season, their 16-9 win that included 21 hits.
Yesterday’s post was about how the Rainiers need one more win to take the Reno series – which is still the case going into the final game tonight.
Tacoma has a day off on Monday before opening a six-game series against the Oklahoma City Dodgers on Tuesday night at Cheney Stadium. That series will take us into the all-star break – which needs a new name since there is no Triple-A All-Star Game any more. I guess we’ll just call it The Break for now. Our next blog post will arrive on Tuesday afternoon to preview the Dodgers series.
YESTERDAY: Tacoma had a 4-0 lead in the fifth inning and Justus Sheffield was working on a one-hitter when a line drive struck him in the leg. After being checked by the trainer he stayed in the game and immediately allowed six runs, and Reno went on to beat Tacoma 8-6 on Saturday night. Mason McCoy went 2-for-3 with a triple, a walk, and three runs scored. Trey Amburgey had two hits and scored twice, and Jarred Kelenic tripled and drove in three runs.
TODAY: Tacoma Rainiers (35-47) at Reno Aces (42-41), 6:05.
OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Arizona Diamondbacks.
OPPOSING MANAGER: Gil Velazquez.
SEASON SERIES: Reno leads, 9-8.
PITCHERS: RHP Konner Wade (2-3, 6.11) at LHP Tommy Henry (4-4, 3.89)
ROSTER MOVES: Yesterday the Mariners called up relievers Matt Festa, Matt Brash, and Jacob Barnes. Starter George Kirby was optioned to Tacoma and is expected to have a brief outing at Cheney Stadium on Saturday. Recently optioned outfielder Marcus Wilson reported to the Rainiers yesterday.
HOT HITTERS: Jarred Kelenic has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games, including the last five in a row… Forrest Wall saw his streak of reaching base safely in 17 straight games end Friday night… Brian O’Keefe has five home runs and nine RBI over his last ten games… Trey Amburgey has hit safely in four straight games.
OPPONENT NEWS: Reno just played a six-game home-and-home against Sacramento. They went 1-2 against them at home, and then 2-1 at Sacramento… Jake McCarthy is back in Triple-A, where he is hitting .369 for the season (he’s hit .228 in the big leagues with Arizona this year). He has a seven-game hitting streak… Wilmer Difo has an eight-game hitting streak… the Aces are taking a look at former Pittsburgh Pirates starting shortstop Cole Tucker… infielder Jake Hager, who had a stretch with Tacoma last season, was optioned to Triple-A Reno yesterday.
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.
- Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times explains the Mariners decision to option George Kirby to Tacoma.
- The Mariners made it seven straight wins and go for a sweep of Toronto today.