The Rainiers lost at Round Rock on Friday night, 4-3 in another one-run game. Tacoma is now 17-13 in one-run games this season.
The loss was Tacoma’s second straight to open the “Triple-A Final Stretch.” The leader of the Final Stretch is currently the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp. The Miami Marlins Triple-A affiliate not only has an awesome name, but the Jumbo Shrimp are also apparently really good a Triple-A Final Stretches, going 4-0 so far.
Jose Marmolejos homered for Tacoma last night, his 24th of the season and his first since returning to the team. It was Tacoma’s second HR of the Triple-A Final Stretch, so we are up to $100 for Rebuilding Together South Sound. We have eight games remaining to hit homers getting $50/pop for the charity from MiLB.
YESTERDAY: Round Rock edged the Rainiers on Friday night, 4-3, and the Express have won the first two games of the five-game series. Ryan Weber started for Tacoma and lasted seven innings, allowing four runs (three earned). Jose Godoy had three hits, and Jose Marmolejos hit his first homer since returning to the club.
TODAY: Tacoma (73-49, 0-2) at Round Rock (63-58, 2-0), 5:05 PT.
OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Texas Rangers.
OPPOSING MANAGER: Kenny Holmberg.
SEASON SERIES: Tacoma leads, 5-3.
PITCHERS: RHP Darren McCaughan (5-4, 4.47) at RHP Kohei Arihara (0-0, 0.00)
Arihara was a very good starter in Japan, and this past winter the Texas Rangers signed him to a two-year major league contract. He struggled in the majors and was recently outrighted to Round Rock.
ROSTER MOVE: Tacoma has added pitcher Matt Brash from Double-A Arkansas, and pitcher Tyler Herb has been removed from the roster to make room for him.
HOT HITTERS: Jantzen Witte has gone 78-for-240 (.325) over his last 61 games… Dillon Thomas has reached base in 13 straight games, going 14-for-41 at the plate during that time… Jose Godoy has hit safely in nine of his last ten games… Luis Liberato is 14-for-30 over his last nine games… the Rainiers are 41-23 when Donovan Walton is in the starting lineup, and 32-26 when he is not… Walton and Marcus Wilson each have five-game hitting streaks.
OPPONENT NEWS: Round Rock might be the toughest opponent the Rainiers have faced in a while. The Express have won or tied their last four series, and are 18-9 over the last 27 games… star catcher Yohel Pozo was just sent back to Triple-A… top prospect Josh Jung has gone 20-for-46 during an 11-game hitting streak… Jack Kruger has an eight-game hitting streak.
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Unfortunately, there is no traditional terrestrial radio station carrying the games at this time.
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- Matt Brash‘s promotion to Tacoma has lead to speculation that he may pitch for the Mariners soon.
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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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