Happy July 3rd, everyone!
The Tacoma Rainiers annual biggest day of the year is here, and we have a massive fireworks display planned for after the game. Because restrictions were loosened (just three days ago), the stadium will be sold to 100% capacity, and we’ll allow fans onto the field after the game for the show. Just like normal times!
First pitch is going to be a little late because of the pregame celebrations, set for 7:20, so our broadcast will begin at 7:10.
Speaking of the broadcast, we are now going to add a pregame Manager’s Show with Kristopher Negron prior to every Sunday game. We haven’t been doing this because of Covid restrictions, but now we are going to start. The first one will be tomorrow and we’ll begin the streaming broadcast 15 minutes prior to first pitch instead of the usual ten.
Have fun tonight with the big crowd and the great fireworks show. The Rainiers could really use a win after dropping the first two games of the series, so hopefully that will come through, too.
YESTERDAY: We had a rare Triple-A West pitcher’s duel last night, and the Tacoma Rainiers came out on the short end of a 2-1 decision against Reno. Aces starter Josh Green out-dueled Tacoma’s Darren McCaughan, going 7.2 innings and allowing just one run while earning his league-leading sixth win. Green got Tacoma hitters to bounce into four double plays – including two from Jarred Kelenic, who had not grounded into a double play all season. McCaughan was very solid, allowing two runs in six innings, but got stuck with the loss. Donovan Walton and Luis Liberato each had two hits for Tacoma.
TODAY: Reno (33-17) at Tacoma (26-22), 7:20.
OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Arizona Diamondbacks.
OPPOSING MANAGER: Blake Lalli.
SEASON SERIES: Reno leads, 5-3.
PITCHERS: RHP Kevin McCanna (0-0, 0.00) at RHP Robert Dugger (0-0, 7.20)
McCanna was just activated from the injured list and will make his season debut. Dugger was optioned to Tacoma a couple days ago.
HOT HITTERS: Jose Godoy has an eight-game hitting streak… Jarred Kelenic has a five-game hitting streak… Luis Liberato has hit safely in four straight and seven of his last eight games… Jantzen Witte has nine hits in his last six games… Jack Reinheimer has hit safely in six of his last seven games, going 10-for-26 with four doubles and two homers.
OPPONENT NEWS: Reno has won four games in a row, and the Aces 33-17 record is the best in the league… recently outrighted Ildemaro Vargas is Reno’s all-time hit leader… Jamie Ritchie leads the league with a .394 batting average… Drew Ellis has belted four homers over his last eight games… outfielder Stuart Fairchild graduated from Seattle Prep class of 2014. He’s hot right now, going 7-for-17 with three home runs in his last five 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.
TRIPLE-A WEST SCOREBOARD: Follow all league games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.
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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.
The most up-to-date news and notes about the Tacoma Rainiers and Cheney Stadium can be found at WeRTacoma.com, or by following the Rainiers on Twitter (@RainiersLand), Instagram (@tacomarainiers) and liking the team on Facebook.