TACOMA, WA – Center fielder Jarred Kelenic stayed hot with his fourth consecutive 2-hit game on Sunday at Cheney Stadium, but the Tacoma Rainiers were halted in their bid for a third straight victory against the El Paso Chihuahuas, 5-1. Kelenic collected a pair of Tacoma’s 7 hits – all
TACOMA, WA – Center fielder Jarred Kelenic stayed hot with his fourth consecutive 2-hit game on Sunday at Cheney Stadium, but the Tacoma Rainiers were halted in their bid for a third straight victory against the El Paso Chihuahuas, 5-1. Kelenic collected a pair of Tacoma’s 7 hits – all singles – with no walks as El Paso’s pitchers needed just 111 pitches even the 6-game series, 2-2.
Kelenic led off the bottom of the 1st inning with a single into right field. The No. 4 overall prospect (MLB Pipeline) swiped his second base of the year but was stranded in scoring position. In his final at-bat in the 8th inning, Kelenic led off with another single, this time to left field. The potential rally was quickly snuffed by a double play.
Through four games, Kelenic is 8-for-18 (.444) with 2 home runs, 5 RBI, 6 runs and 2 steals. The former 6th overall Draft selection ranks top-10 in the Triple-A West in each of those categories and OPS (1.278).
The Rainiers (2-2) pushed across the game’s first run in the 2nd against El Paso (2-2) starter Jesse Scholtens (1-0). Designated hitter Luis Liberato bounced a ground out to the second baseman which allowed first baseman Sam Travis to score. The Chihuahuas responded with two go-ahead runs in the 3rd against right-hander Reeves Martin (0-1) who started the inning but walked three and was replaced by righty Domingo Tapia with two outs.
Right-hander Vinny Nittoli made an abbreviated start for Tacoma, going 2 scoreless innings with a strikeout. Rainiers starters have allowed 1 earned run in 13 innings (0.69 ERA) through four games but have yet to see a starter work into the 6th inning. Tacoma got 4 1/3 combined scoreless innings from Tapia (1 1/3), Taylor Guerrieri (2) and Ryan Dull (2). Rainiers pitchers entered Sunday with a league-best 1.10 WHIP and the second-lowest opponent batting average (.189).
The Rainiers and Chihuahuas will continue their series Monday at 6:05 p.m. PT from Cheney Stadium. Righty Jimmy Yacabonis (0-0) will make his first Rainiers start after providing 1 1/3 scoreless innings with a pair of punch outs on Friday.
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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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