Tacoma Rainiers Week in Review, August 28-September 3

The Rainiers wrap up their penultimate homestand of the season today, so it’s time for another week in review.

We opened things up on Tuesday with a preview of the PCL pennant races and a preview of the Sacramento Series.

Wednesday’s post was about Tacoma’s Justus Sheffield and his remarkable in-game recovery in the series-opening victory.

Evan White had a big game, so we took a look at how he’s progressing when he returns from injury.

Friday was Tacoma Rainiers’ first-ever game using the ‘Automated Ball-Strike Challenge System’, so we’ve covered that in this article. The system will also be used for today’s game.

Yesterday we celebrated Mason McCoy’s winning grand slam and the great season he’s had so far.

Today’s game concludes the homestand. The team embarks on a two-week road trip, flying most of the day Monday to Oklahoma City ahead of Tuesday night’s 5:05 a.m. (Pacific) game against the Dodgers. There will be six games in Oklahoma City, followed by six games in Las Vegas, before the Rainiers return to Tacoma for the final homestand of the season Sept. 20-25. We’ll have all the shows for you on the live stream, and the next blog post arrives Tuesday at noon direct from downtown Oklahoma City.


YESTERDAY: Tacoma homered four in the first two innings and earned a 10-5 win over Sacramento on Saturday night. Kyle Lewis, Brian O’Keefe, Evan Whiteand Jarred Kelenic each went deep as the Rainiers built an 8-0 lead. Austin Warner started and pitched the seventh inning, picking up the win. Tacoma leads the six-game series, 3-2, and will look to win the series today.

TODAY: Sacramento River Cats (57-71) at Tacoma Rainiers (60-68), 1h35.

OPPONENT MEMBERSHIP: San Francisco Giants.


SEASON SERIES: Tacoma leads, 14-9.

PITCHERS: HPR Sean Hjelle (6-8, 5.02) at RHP Darren McCaughan (8-6, 4.41)

LIST MOVEMENTS: None today at the time of publication.

HOT HITTER: Eric Mejia hit safely in 18 of his last 20 games… Mason McCoy has reached base safely in 11 straight games, and has homered seven times in his last 18 games… Kyle Lewis has a seven-game hitting streak… Brian O’Keefe has a five-game hitting streak.

OPPONENT NEWS: Sacramento entered the series hot, winning five of six in a home series against first-place Reno… Sacramento pitched very well in this series, holding Reno to three points or less in the River Cats’ five wins… Sacramento has a former Rainiers reliever in Aaron Flecherand former Rainiers infielder donovan walton is on the injured list. River Cats Manager David Brundage managed Tacoma in 2006.

BROADCAST: All games will be stream for free on a live audio stream which is available here.

Unfortunately, there is no traditional terrestrial radio station broadcasting the games at present.

PCL DASHBOARD: Follow all league matches in real time with links to broadcasts and Gameday screens here.


  • Seamen won their sixth consecutive match as Robbie Ray was driving in Cleveland.
  • by Ryan Divish Sailors’ notebook includes a look at the wealth of Mariners starting pitches at Double-A Arkansas. We’ll find out next spring if the Mariners’ player development department dares challenge one of those young pitchers with a Triple-A assignment.
  • Fangraph’s Sunday Notes – always a fun read – has a section on former Rainiers first baseman Ji-Man Choinow with Tampa Bay, and the possibility of returning to Korea to play at the end of his career.

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