It’s Sunday, the Rainiers have already clinched a road series win, and it’s time for a Tacoma Rainiers week in review.
We started the week by previewing the series at Sacramento, which involved recapping a bunch of roster moves that occurred around the trade deadline.
Justus Sheffield pitched the Rainiers to a victory in the series opener, and he faces the River Cats again today.
Sacramento won the second game of the series 1-0 with a rarity: a sacrifice bunt that actually impacted the result of the game.
Recently the Rainiers roster has been loaded with rehabilitating Seattle Mariners recently, and we updated the situation in this post.
Yesterday, as the Rainiers kept winning games in Sacramento, we ran the numbers on how amazing the team’s bullpen has been recently.
After today’s game the team flies home on the late flight, spends the Monday off-day in Tacoma, and then opens the longest homestand of the season on Tuesday night at 7:05 against Las Vegas. The 13-game homestand includes a makeup doubleheader on Saturday that is now starting at 5:05 – make a note of that if you have tickets, you get two games for the price of one, might as well make an evening of it.
YESTERDAY: The Rainiers clinched a series victory with a stunning 4-2 victory over Sacramento on Saturday night. Trailing 2-1 in the top of the ninth, the Rainiers put two men on base with one out for Mason McCoy, who launched a three-run homer down the left field line to give the Rainiers the lead. Nick Ramirez pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth to earn the save in a 4-2 victory.
TODAY: Tacoma Rainiers (47-56) at Sacramento River Cats (43-61), 1:05.
OPPONENT AFFILIATION: San Francisco Giants.
OPPOSING MANAGER: Dave Brundage.
SEASON SERIES: Tacoma leads, 11-6.
PITCHERS: LHP Justus Sheffield (4-5, 6.40) at RHP Tristan Beck (4-7, 6.01)
ROSTER MOVES: Yesterday the Mariners activated Mitch Haniger from the injured list and optioned Abraham Toro to Tacoma.
HOT HITTERS: Taylor Trammell is 5-for-17 with a homer during the first four games of his rehabilitation assignment… Erick Mejia is 7-for-17 with a homer during the Sacramento series… Forrest Wall has a four-game hitting streak.
OPPONENT NEWS: The River Cats completed a nine-game road trip on Sunday, going 0-3 at Oklahoma City and then 2-4 at Round Rock… they have lost 13 of the last 16 games overall… catcher Andrew Knapp signed with Sacramento after the Mariners designated him for assignment, and he homered in four straight games coming into the series, winning the PCL Player of the Week award… former Rainiers and Mariners infielder Donovan Walton is on the Sacramento roster, but he has not played since the all-star break.
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.
PCL SCOREBOARD: Follow all league games in real-time with links to broadcasts and Gameday screens right here.
- The Mariners split a doubleheader against the Angels yesterday, winning the first game behind George Kirby before getting whacked in game two.
- The M’s added a clubhouse dog, much to the enjoyment of Seattle Times reporter Ryan Divish.
- This strikes me as hilarious: Bobby Bonilla‘s actual New York Mets contract that resulted in him be paid $1 million every July 1st until seemingly the end of time sold on the collectors market for big money.