Happy Sunday! Here’s your Tacoma Rainiers week in review.
The week started with a red-hot Taylor Trammell, ripping things up in Salt Lake City.
Proving that the Rainiers blog is not a jinx, the very next day Trammell drove in five runs.
After the weekly Wednesday off day, on Thursday the Rainiers returned to Cheney Stadium to open a six-game homestand against Round Rock.
The Rainiers overuse of bullpen days caught up with them in Thursday’s game, so on Friday we looked at the problem and tried to come up with some possible solutions.
Saturday’s post celebrated the “hidden no-hitter” that Darren McCaughan and two relievers pitched on Friday night, and we discussed how the Mariners shuffled the Rainiers roster in the wake of the major league Covid problem in the Seattle bullpen.
YESTERDAY: Tacoma ripped 13 hits, including three home runs, in a 9-5 win over Round Rock on Saturday evening. Rehabilitating Jake Fraley led off the first inning with a homer, the front end of back-to-back jacks with Luis Torrens. Jack Reinheimer‘s two-run double off the left field fence keyed a four-run rally in the fourth inning as Tacoma took control of the game. Jantzen Witte and Dillon Thomas each had two hits, with Witte launching his first home run of the season. Starter Hector Santiago pitched five innings and earned his first win of the season.
TODAY: Round Rock (10-5) at Tacoma (7-8), 1:35 PT.
OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Texas Rangers.
OPPOSING MANAGER: Kenny Holmberg.
SEASON SERIES: Tacoma leads, 2-1.
PITCHERS: LHP Brock Burke (0-1, 18.00) at RHP Bernie Martinez (0-0, 0.00)
After two straight games with proper starting pitchers, the Rainiers are back to bullpen days. Martinez is a long reliever up from Advanced-A Everett, and he’ll be making his Triple-A debut. Brock Burke is going to be a problem on the air for broadcasters who once had a crush on Brooke Burke. Just saying.
ROSTER MOVES: More moves resulting from the Mariners positive Covid test in the major league bullpen: the team has signed RHP Zack Weiss and INF Ty Kelly and assigned them to Tacoma. Yes, that’s the Ty Kelly who played for Tacoma in 2013 and 2014, and announced his retirement last year. The Mariners optioned pitchers Aaron Fletcher and Wyatt Mills back to Tacoma; they are expected to report soon. Infielder Joseph Rosa and pitchers Reid Morgan and Travis Kuhn were transferred elsewhere in the system – all three were instrumental in the Rainiers win on Friday night.
HOT HITTERS: Taylor Trammell has hit safely in all nine games he has played in since joining the Rainiers… Jantzen Witte has an eight-game hitting streak… Luis Liberato, Cal Raleigh, and Sam Travis have six-game hitting streaks… Raleigh has five two-hit games during his streak, boosting his season average to .315.
OPPONENT NEWS: Curtis Terry and Jason Martin are tied for second in the league with five home runs… Delino DeShields has an 11-game hitting streak… the Express have three former Rainiers players: pitcher Sam Gaviglio, reliever James Jones who was an outfielder when he played for Tacoma; and catcher John Hicks.
BROADCAST: All games will be broadcast free on a live audio stream which is available right here.
As in the past, a streaming HD telecast is available through MiLB.TV. It’s a subscription service, but it’s just a one-time payment that gets you thousands of games from all levels of the minor leagues, including all 120 Tacoma Rainiers games home and away. That same link above has details on how to get it if you scroll down the page – there’s even a discount code.
Unfortunately, there is no traditional terrestrial radio station carrying the games at this time.
TRIPLE-A WEST SCOREBOARD: Follow all league games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.
STORIES YOU MIGHT LIKE:
- The Mariners rough week continued with a sloppy 6-4 loss in San Diego on Saturday night.
- Seattle’s Covid problem cleared up a little bit just one day later, with relievers Robert Dugger and Anthony Misiewicz cleared to play.
- Seattle Times baseball writer Ryan Divish has a Mariners mailbag, in which he says it is the duty of the team’s ownership to spend money to improve the team for 2022.
- Cool article from the Sacramento newspaper on the return of the River Cats that we can all probably relate to.
- Always fun to catch up with Ron Necciai, who struck out 27 batters in a nine inning game in the low minors – and then struck out 24 in his next start.
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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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