The Tacoma Rainiers road trip through Nevada moves on to Reno tonight, with the club opening a six-game series against the first place Aces at 6:35.
Tacoma enters the series alone in second place, five games out of first place. Reno has the head-to-head edge this year, going 7-5 against Tacoma so far. They have 12 head-to-head games remaining.
The team flew in to Reno on the off-day Wednesday, with the guys getting plenty of rest after six days (and a series win) in Las Vegas. Tacoma has won three straight series, and the team is definitely locked in on trying to keep it going against the Aces.
We got some big news today for the team. Outfielder Dillon Thomas cleared waivers and was outrighted to Tacoma, meaning he’s back with the club. He’s been a good player for the Rainiers all season, and a strong clubhouse presence as well.
Look for new acquisition Marcus Wilson to make his Tacoma Rainiers debut soon, and Jantzen Witte to return from paternity leave as well. Both could occur for tonight’s game.
YESTERDAY: The league was off Wednesday, as always. On Tuesday the Rainiers could not hold on to a 6-1 lead (6-2 at the seventh inning stretch) and lost at Las Vegas, 8-6. Francisco Pena hit a two-run homer in the seventh, and a go-ahead three-run homer in the eighth. Darren McCaughan pitched well in his return to the Rainiers, allowing two runs in six innings and leaving with a nice lead.
TODAY: Tacoma (43-35) at Reno (48-30), 6:35.
OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Arizona Diamondbacks.
OPPOSING MANAGER: Blake Lalli.
SEASON SERIES: Reno leads, 7-5.
PITCHERS: RHP Ryan Weber (0-0, 2.08) at RHP Matt Tabor (0-0, 0.00)
Tabor is a Diamondbacks pitching prospect of some regard who is making his Triple-A debut tonight.
ROSTER MOVES: Dillon Thomas cleared waivers and was outrighted to Tacoma, which boosts the Rainiers outfield. Amador Arias was transferred back to the Arizona Complex League.
HOT HITTERS: Jantzen Witte has gone 31-for-86 (.360) over his last 25 games… Taylor Trammell had his eight-game hitting streak end Tuesday… Jose Marmolejos is 10-for-17 during a five-game hitting streak… Brian O’Keefe has hit safely in six straight games… Luis Liberato has a five-game hitting streak… Sam Travis has gone 14-for-39 over his last ten games… Jack Reinheimer has a four-game hitting streak.
OPPONENT NEWS: Reno lost the final two games of its six-game series at Sacramento, settling for a split. The Aces have not lost a series this season… speedster Nick Heath has a six-game hitting streak… newly acquired Cooper Hummel hit for the cycle in his second game after being traded to Arizona/Reno, Saturday at Sacramento… Seth Beer has five hits over the last two games.
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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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