Tacoma Rainiers Game Notes: at Sacramento (12:05 p.m. PT)

MEJIA VU: Rainiers Walk off Again in Extras

August 3, 2022 – Pacific Coast League (PCL)Tacoma Rainiers News Release

Tacoma Rainiers (44-55) at Sacramento River Cats (42-58)

Wednesday, August 3, 2022, 12:05 p.m. PT | Sutter Health Park: West Sacramento, CA

RHP Konner Wade vs. RHP Wei-Chieh Huang

MITCH, PLEASE: Seattle Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger is nine games into his rehab assignment with High-A Everett (Northwest League) and Tacoma (since 7/22), as he returns from a high-ankle sprain suffered during his most recent Major League game on 4/29 at Miami.

Haniger is batting .280 for the two M’s PNW affiliates (7-for-25), with a .471 OBP (6 BB) and .640 SLG (3 HR), for a 1.111 OPS. Haniger has scored five runs and driven in six during his latest sojourn through the minor leagues; he’s been hit by three pitches during the assignment. Haniger homered twice for the Rainiers during their most recent home series vs. El Paso: A sixth-inning opposite field solo shot on 7/28 and a three-run liner in the second inning on Sunday, which proved to be the game-winner.

STEAL A BASE, STEAL A TACO(MA): Buffalo of the International League has re-taken the Triple-A lead in stolen bases (125) from Tacoma (123). Rainiers outfielder Forrest Wall is third in the Pacific Coast League in steals with 29. Last season, Wall stole 35 bases for Buffalo while in the Toronto Blue Jays organization, third-most in the IL (Triple-A East).

Wall is poised to be the first Rainiers player to steal 30 bases in a season since Chad Meyers in 2003 (37), and if he were to reach 40, would be the first Tacoma Triple-A player to do so since Lance Blankenship swiped 40 for the 1988 Tacoma Tigers (Oakland A’s); four players are tied at 40 for the fourth-most steals in a single season in franchise history. Jimmy Sexton (56, 1981 Tigers), Rusty McNealy (43, 1983 Tigers) and Del Alston (43, 1979 Tugs) own the top three stealing seasons in Tacoma’s Triple-A history.

EVERY DAY PATTY: RHP Patrick Weigel’s 37 appearances are already two shy of his career-high, lead Tacoma and tie him for fifth-most in the PCL. He’s limiting batters on the offensive circuit to a .213 BAA and striking out well over a batter per inning (50 K/43.0 IP). Weigel’s best stretch was from 5/20 to 6/3, when he worked five consecutive appearances without a run…or a hit (4.1 IP). He compiled five straight scoreless appearances again from 6/22 to 7/4 (5.0 IP).

A former starter drafted in the seventh round by Atlanta in 2015, Weigel’s career-high in games was last season,…

Click Here to Read the Full Original Article at OurSports Central Pacific Coast League PCL News…