The Rainiers are in the middle of a raucous series in Reno, so let’s dig in to the Week In Review!
On Sunday the Rainiers shut out Salt Lake, but Monday’s post was about the call-up of Rainiers thumper Jose Marmolejos.
Tuesday’s post discussed the rarity that the Rainiers were chasing that night: a six-game series sweep of Salt Lake. Tacoma would indeed finish the sweep.
Wednesday, we rested.
Thursday we previewed the Reno series and got caught up on the pennant race.
Friday’s post covered the Rainiers rough loss to Reno in the series opener.
On Saturday the blog discussed the Rainiers fight with Reno, and the unusual circumstance in which a player hit a homer, started a fight, and got ejected without touching all the bases.
Wrapping up Saturday’s discussion, yesterday I spoke with Rainiers manager Kristopher Negron about Henry Ramos never touching home plate. Negron said that after the field was cleared and the umpires sorted everything out, they came to him and told him which players were ejected. At that time the umpires explained to him that the home run would count because the batter’s path around the bases was impeded. Which is one way of looking at it, for sure. Anyway, Negron didn’t pursue it any further because the game was out of reach and there had just been a huge brawl.
Incredibly, the Arizona Diamondbacks called up Ramos today, despite the fact that he is (presumably) about to get levied with a suspension.
YESTERDAY: The Rainiers used a thrilling comeback to beat Reno, 7-6, and pull within one game of first place. Trailing 6-4 with two outs and no one on base in the ninth inning, Dillon Thomas drew a walk. Luis Liberato lined a single to center, and Donovan Walton walked to load the bases. Jantzen Witte roped a double over the head of the center fielder, scoring all three runners to give Tacoma the 7-6 lead. Jimmy Yacabonis pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth, striking out Reno villain Henry Ramos to end the game.
TODAY: Tacoma (61-44) at Reno (61-42), 6:35.
OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Arizona Diamondbacks.
OPPOSING MANAGER: Blake Lalli.
SEASON SERIES: Tacoma leads, 11-10.
PITCHERS: RHP Logan Verrett (8-3, 5.33) at RHP Edgar Arredondo (1-2, 4.08)
Rotation change for the Rainiers, who placed Ian McKinney on the injured list and are shortening up to a five-man rotation for now.
ROSTER MOVES: The Rainiers placed starting pitcher Ian McKinney on the injured list. Kevin Padlo and Wyatt Mills, who were optioned to Tacoma yesterday, could report today.
HOT HITTERS: Jantzen Witte has reached base safely in 23 straight games, and he has gone 65-for-190 (.342) over his last 47 games… Donovan Walton has a six-game hitting streak, and he has nine homers in his last 23 games… Jack Reinheimer has a ten-game hitting streak, and he has reached base in 23 straight games… Marcus Wilson has gone 11-for-31 with three homers and eight walks over his last nine games.
OPPONENT NEWS: Reno just lost three of four games in a series against Sacramento in which two games were cancelled due to poor air quality… Cooper Hummel is 7-for-11 with two homers and eight RBI during the first three games of this series… Henry Ramos leads the league with a .371 batting average, but he was called up by Arizona today… Juniel Querecuto has a seven-game hitting streak… Jamie Ritchie has hit safely in eight of his last nine games… the Diamondbacks recently promoted top prospect Alek Thomas to Reno, and he had back-to-back four-hit games on Sunday and Monday… Seth Beer has been hit by pitch a whopping 28 times this year… Ildemaro Vargas is Reno’s all-time hits leader with 498.
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.
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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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