The Rainiers made it two straight wins in Albuquerque last night, collecting 15 hits in a 10-6 win at Isotopes Park. Tacoma picked up a game in the standings, as first place Reno dropped a 9-6 decision at Sacramento.
Sacramento has helped out the Rainiers the past two days, beating Reno twice (including a rare shutout on Thursday night). This has enabled second place Tacoma to pull within three games of the first place Aces.
We’re keeping an eye on the standings for the first time this season, because Reno has clearly been the best team in the division to date, and they are coming to Tacoma this week. The Rainiers host Reno in a six-game series that starts on Thursday.
The Rainiers will have the opportunity to gain ground on Reno head-to-head during the coming homestand. Hopefully we’ll have some good crowds, with the July 3rd and 4th festivities being a big part of it.
YESTERDAY: Tacoma scored early and often, taking a 10-6 decision at Albuquerque on Friday night. Jarred Kelenic led the offense, going 4-for-6 with a double, a triple, two runs scored, and three RBI. No. 8 and No. 9 hitters Jantzen Witte and Ty Kelly each had three hits, with the duo combining to score five runs. Tacoma’s bullpen worked the final four innings without allowing an earned run.
TODAY: Tacoma (24-18) at Albuquerque (13-31), 5:35 PT.
OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Colorado Rockies.
OPPOSING MANAGER: Warren Schaeffer.
SEASON SERIES: Tacoma leads, 2-0.
PITCHERS: RHP Yohan Ramirez (0-0, 3.77) at LHP Ian Clarkin (0-4, 9.85)
Ramirez is making a spot start for Robert Dugger, who was whisked away to Chicago in case the Mariners need him. That means Tacoma will have back-to-back bullpen days tonight and Sunday.
ROSTER MOVES: Yesterday reliever Daniel Zamora was outrighted to Tacoma, and he’ll be available in the bullpen today.
HOT HITTERS: Jarred Kelenic has gone 6-for-9 with two homers and seven RBI during the first two games of the Albuquerque series… Cal Raleigh has hit safely in 32 of 36 games played this season, and he had a 23-game hitting streak… Jack Reinheimer has hit safely in six of his last seven games, going 10-for-26 with four doubles and two homers… Luis Liberato has hit safely in six of his last seven games, going 8-for-27 with two homers.
OPPONENT NEWS: Albuquerque just lost five out of six in Reno, and has dropped seven of the last eight overall… Rio Ruiz has 22 hits during a 13-game hitting streak… ex-Rainiers infielder Taylor Motter had a six-game hitting streak end last night… Greg Bird has a six-game hitting streak… the Isotopes just signed former Rainiers infielder Kelby Tomlinson.
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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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