Time for another Tacoma Rainiers Week in Review, as we do on Sundays around here.
The week began with news that Dan Wilson was going to fill in as Rainiers manager for the Reno road trip, with an explanation why.
On Wednesday we recapped the pitcher’s duel that resulted in Wilson winning his Tacoma managerial debut.
Next we took a look at how the Rainiers have been getting substantially better results this season on the road.
Thursday’s game had not one but two rare feats, which we recapped in Friday’s post.
Yesterday’s post was about the Rainiers attempt to win their second straight road series.
The Rainiers are going to try to make it a winning week on the field today. The team is off on Monday, and will be back in action on Tuesday at Salt Lake City for the opener of a three-game series. Our next blog post will come mid-day on Tuesday.
YESTERDAY: Reno pitching limited Tacoma to just six hits in a 6-2 Aces victory over the Rainiers on Saturday night. Jarred Kelenic and Mason McCoy each had two hits for Tacoma. After winning the first three games of the six-game series, Tacoma has lost two straight but can still notch a series victory with a win today.
TODAY: Tacoma Rainiers (19-33) at Reno Aces (28-25), 1:05.
OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Arizona Diamondbacks.
OPPOSING MANAGER: Gil Velazquez.
SEASON SERIES: Reno leads, 6-5.
PITCHERS: LHP Nick Margevicius (0-2, 11.95) at LHP Tommy Henry (2-2, 3.61)
This is going to be a ‘bullpen game’ for the Rainiers. Margevicius is one of fourteen (14) relievers currently on the Tacoma roster, so the bullpen game will give them a chance to get a lot of guys some work. The 14 relievers is not an exaggeration: Tacoma also has five starters on a 19-man pitching staff. Eat your heart out, Tony LaRussa.
ROSTER MOVES: Yesterday the Rainiers added infielder Cesar Izturis Jr. from extended spring training, for his third stint with the team this year.
HOT HITTERS: Brian O’Keefe has reached base with a hit or a walk in 20 of the 21 games he has played in this season… Jarred Kelenic has a ten-game hitting streak, going 16-for-44… Andrew Knapp has a five-game hitting streak.
HOT RELIEVERS: Hot relievers? A new feature – we have some hot relievers. Nick Ramirez has not allowed a run in his last eight games, spanning 9.1 innings, and he has not walked anyone in his last 11 games… Patrick Weigel has permitted just two earned runs over his last 14.2 innings, covering 13 outings.
OPPONENT NEWS: Reno just went 4-2 on a road trip to Oklahoma City… Dominic Fletcher was promoted from Double-A Amarillo on May 19, when he had a 19-game hitting streak going. He hit safely in his first eight Triple-A games (27 straight overall) before finally going hitless last Saturday… former Rainiers and Mariners outfielder Braden Bishop is currently playing for Reno.
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.
- Marco Gonzales gave the Mariners a strong start, but they lost to Texas yesterday, 3-2.
- A lineup gutted by injuries is forcing manager Scott Servais to play left/right match-up games.
- We’ve got a story on Cheney Stadium from San Francisco, specifically about how the light standards and the small swatch of seats around Ben’s statue are from the original Seals Stadium. This is a fun one if you are unfamiliar with it.