A day late because we absolutely had to write about the Rainiers winning the championship yesterday, we have a special Monday edition of the Week In Review. Here’s a recap of the past week’s blog posts.
The week began in unexpected fashion, as a central Tacoma power outage caused us to have to postpone last Sunday’s game.
On Monday the Rainiers swept the makeup doubleheader from Sacramento, and the idea of clinching the Triple-A West Championship became very real.
The Rainiers won Tuesday’s game on a walk-off home run by Taylor Trammell, and then set eyes on winning the championship on the road in El Paso.
After Thursday’s series-opening win in El Paso we figured out the tiebreaking scenarios and what needed to happen for the Rainiers to clinch.
Saturday’s plan was simple: a win that night, and the Rainiers win the championship.
The Rainiers won the Triple-A West Championship on Saturday night, and Sunday’s post celebrates it.
YESTERDAY: The Tacoma Rainiers seven-game win streak ended with a 7-3 loss in El Paso on Sunday evening. Matt Batten and Gosuke Katoh homered in the fourth inning as El Paso took a 4-1 lead and did not give it up. Luis Liberato had three hits for Tacoma.
TODAY: Tacoma (72-46) at El Paso (45-73), 5:35 PT.
OPPONENT AFFILIATION: San Diego Padres.
OPPOSING MANAGER: Eric Junge. He’s serving as both pitching coach and interim manager.
SEASON SERIES: Tacoma leads, 6-4.
PITCHERS: RHP Darin Gillies (13-0, 4.08) at RHP Reiss Knehr (0-2, 3.12)
It’s a bullpen day for the Rainiers. This will be the eighth career start for Gillies, and just his second since 2015.
ROSTER MOVES: The Rainiers have added Mariners reliever Andres Munoz on a rehabilitation assignment, and he is expected to pitch an inning on Tuesday. Reliever Brooks Pounders, who has been injured most of the season, was released.
HOT HITTERS: Jantzen Witte has gone 76-for-228 (.333) over his last 58 games… Dillon Thomas has reached base in ten straight games, going 12-for-31 at the plate during that time… Jose Godoy has 12 hits during a six-game hitting streak… Luis Liberato has a five-game hitting streak.
OPPONENT NEWS: It’s been a tumultuous campaign for El Paso, which fired a coach and saw veteran manager Edwin Rodriguez resign mid-season… El Paso just went 2-5 during a series at Albuquerque. The Chihuahuas are struggling, having lost 13 of their last 16 games… Taylor Kohlwey had his 12-game hitting streak end last night… Jose Azocar has a 12-game hitting streak, and he has 11 stolen bases over his last 17 games… El Paso has former Rainiers Patrick Kivlehan, John Andreoli, and Parker Markel… Kivlehan has a seven-game hitting streak.
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.
STORIES YOU MIGHT LIKE:
- Baseball America has a round-up of the playoff situations throughout the minor leagues.
- The Mariners kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 7-1 win at Kansas City on Sunday.
- Jake Bauers launched a tape-measure home run during the win.
- The News Tribune has not yet reported that the Tacoma Rainiers won the league championship, but the local paper does have some Mariners Takeaways.
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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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