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Rainiers Win in Kelenic’s Return to Tacoma, Graveman Pitches an Inning on Rehab Assignment

Tacoma ropes six extra-base hits including home runs from Reinheimer and Marmolejos
Jarred Kelenic (Jeff Halstead)
June 9, 2021

TACOMA, WA – The Rainiers totaled six extra-base knocks, including multi-run home runs by shortstop Jack Reinheimer and left fielder José Marmolejos, beating the Salt Lake Bees in Tuesday’s series finale at Cheney Stadium, 7-3. Center fielder Jarred Kelenic had a sacrifice fly for Tacoma in his first game since

TACOMA, WA – The Rainiers totaled six extra-base knocks, including multi-run home runs by shortstop Jack Reinheimer and left fielder José Marmolejos, beating the Salt Lake Bees in Tuesday’s series finale at Cheney Stadium, 7-3. Center fielder Jarred Kelenic had a sacrifice fly for Tacoma in his first game since returning to the Rainiers from the Seattle Mariners.

Salt Lake (12-17) got on the board first with a solo home run in the 2nd inning against Tacoma (15-14) starting pitcher David Huff (1-0). The southpaw did not allow another run, going 6 innings with 5 strikeouts en route to his first win and quality start of the campaign.

Tacoma knotted the score with Kelenic’s RBI in the 3rd inning, scoring second baseman Ty Kelly with his sacrifice fly.

The Rainiers took the final lead on Reinheimer’s first home run of the year, a 3-run shot to left field that plated Marmolejos and third baseman Jantzen Witte. The long ball gives Tacoma a home run in 16 straight contests, their longest streak since clubbing homers in 17 straight from June 25-July 15, 2010.

In the 5th inning, first baseman Cal Raleigh extended his own streak with an RBI double off the batter’s eye in straightaway center field that brought home rehabbing infielder Dylan Moore and gave Tacoma a 5-1 lead. Raleigh has hit safely in 18 consecutive games, the longest active streak in Triple-A and second-longest in the minors.

Moore, playing in his second game on a Major League rehab assignment, finished 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and a walk as the designated hitter.

Right-hander Kendall Graveman also made a rehab appearance for the Rainiers out of the bullpen. He allowed a run on 1 hit and a walk in the 7th inning.

Later in the 5th inning, Marmolejos snuck a 2-run home run inside the right field foul pole for his fourth of the season.

Righty Taylor Guerrieri surrendered a run in the 8th inning while striking out a hitter, and Yohan Ramirez pitched a perfect 9th inning with two strikeouts to end the game.

The Rainiers are off on Wednesday before welcoming the Sacramento River Cats, Triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, to Cheney Stadium for a six-game series. Thursday’s series opener is scheduled to start at 7:05 p.m. PT.

Rainiers broadcaster Mike Curto will have full coverage on TacomaRainiers.com. All 2021 Rainiers games, home and away, can also be heard for free on the MiLB First Pitch app. HD video broadcasts of every home game can be viewed with an MiLB.TV subscription. (Use code: RAINIERS to save $10 on an annual subscription.)

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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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