The Rainiers won the first three games of the six-game road series in Reno, but the dream of a six-game series sweep came to an end last night with an 8-3 loss. Still, Tacoma can win the series with a victory in either of the last two games – tonight at 6:35, or on Sunday at 1:05.
Tacoma won its last road series, at Sacramento two weeks ago when the club won four of six. That was the Rainiers first and only series win of the season to date.
The current Reno series is the first leg of a two-city road trip. Tacoma plays its first three-game series of the season in Salt Lake City starting on Tuesday. After that, the Rainiers are home for three games against Round Rock starting on Friday, June 10.
Dan Wilson remains with the Rainiers. The Mariners Hall of Famer has served as interim manager the past four games, going 3-1 so far filling in for skipper Tim Federowicz and bench coach Zach Vincej. Vincej is slated to return to the Rainiers tonight.
YESTERDAY: The Rainiers three-game winning streak ended on Friday night with an 8-3 loss at Reno. Dormant for three games, the Aces lineup connected for 15 hits and scored in four different innings. Meanwhile, Tacoma managed just five hits. Andrew Knapp homered in the ninth, and Forrest Wall tripled in the third inning.
TODAY: Tacoma Rainiers (19-32) at Reno Aces (27-25), 6:35.
OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Arizona Diamondbacks.
OPPOSING MANAGER: Gil Velazquez.
SEASON SERIES: Tied, 5-5.
PITCHERS: RHP Daniel Ponce de Leon (4-3, 5.88) at RHP Ryne Nelson (3-4, 6.95)
ROSTER MOVES: No roster moves today as of press time, but yesterday the Rainiers welcomed hitting coach Brad Marcelino back from Covid protocol.
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 nine-game hitting streak, going 14-for-39… Joe Odom has hit safely in six of his last eight games, belting three home runs during that span… Forrest Wall and Andrew Knapp each has a four-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… Danny Young had his string of nine straight scoreless appearances in Triple-A end last night.
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 on Saturday… Buddy Kennedy has a six-game hitting streak… former Rainiers and Mariners outfielder Braden Bishop is currently playing for Reno.
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Unfortunately, there is no traditional terrestrial radio station carrying the games at this time.
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