Pour one out for our final Tacoma Rainiers Week In Review of the 2022 season. We had some posts noting individual accomplishments this week.
We started things of by welcoming fans to the final homestand of the season, which began on Tuesday.
Wednesday’s post was on the emotional swings that come in extra innings when they place that runner at second base.
Next, we celebrated the walk-off grand slam Drew Ellis hit to win the second game of the series.
Mason McCoy became the first Tacoma player ever to have a 20-homer, 20-stolen base season.
Yesterday’s post was on Rainiers closer Nick Ramirez, who is going to lead the PCL in saves.
Today’s game is the final home game of the season at Cheney Stadium. Speaking for the organization, we’d like to thank you for coming out to the park and seeing the team play this year. The team really improved over the course of the season, and we hope you had fun watching it.
The season isn’t over yet. The team finishes the schedule with three away games at Reno this week: Monday and Tuesday nights at 6:05, and a 12:05 game on Wednesday to wrap-up the campaign. I’ll have the broadcasts for you on the live stream, and daily posts until it all ends on Wednesday.
YESTERDAY: The Rainiers three-game winning streak came to an end with a 7-6 loss to Round Rock on Saturday. Mason McCoy, Zach Green, and Forrest Wall each had two hits in the game. Tacoma had injury issues: Brian O’Keefe was hit in the helmet by a pitch in the first inning and left the game (he did walk off on his own power), and Derek Hill left the game for an unspecified reason. This led to reliever Kyle Bird playing four innings in left field, and drawing two walks while never swinging at a pitch.
TODAY: Round Rock Express (77-69) at Tacoma Rainiers (71-75), 1:35.
OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Texas Rangers.
OPPOSING MANAGER: Matt Hagen
SEASON SERIES: Tacoma leads, 5-3.
PITCHERS: RHP Zak Kent (1-1, 0.39) at RHP Phillips Valdez (1-1, 3.66)
It’s a bullpen game for the Rainiers.
ROSTER MOVES: None today as of posting time.
HOT HITTERS: Mason McCoy has a seven-game hitting streak, and he has reached base safely in 27 of his last 28 games… Jonathan Villar has reached base safely in 14 straight games, with hits in 13 of them, and has 13 RBI during this stretch…. Marcus Wilson has hit safely in five straight… Drew Ellis had his seven-game hitting streak end last night… Cade Marlowe has reached base in eight straight games.
OPPONENT NEWS: Round Rock has faded down the stretch, losing nine of the last 12 games… former Rainiers and Mariners outfielder James Jones is now a relief pitcher with Round Rock… Seattle native Josh Sale (Bishop Blanchet High School) and Federal Way’s Nick Tanielu (Federal Way High School, Washington State University) are with the Express… outfielder Ezequiel Duran and starting pitcher Cole Winn are the most decorated prospects on the Round Rock roster… Elier Hernandez has hit safely in nine of his last ten games.
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.
- Despite not being in the starting lineup while the Mariners fell behind the Royals in the early innings, it was Cal Raleigh who led the team to victory yesterday. The M’s took a big step toward clinching a playoff spot.
- The Mariners signed starting pitcher Luis Castillo to a five-year contract extension.