Last night, the Rainiers became the first club this season to deal Dodgers top prospect Ryan Pepiot (RHP) a losing decision in PCL action.
Tacoma Rainiers (64-70) at Oklahoma City Dodgers (74-60)
Sunday, September 11, 2022, 12:05 p.m. PT | Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark: Oklahoma City, OK
RHP Darren McCaughan vs. LHP Robbie Erlin
#DarrenDay: Rainiers right-hander Darren McCaughan ranks third in the Pacific Coast League in strikeouts, with 129. McCaughan’s 138.2 IP is third-most on the circuit entering today’s action, and his 1.15 WHIP is third-lowest in the notoriously offensive league. McCaughan’s 25 starts lead Tacoma, and he’ll equal Reno’s Ryne Nelson and Las Vegas’s Collin Wiles for most in the league this afternoon.
TURN-R-OUND: Tacoma began this season 9-23 (through May 11), but is 55-47 since. The Rainiers’ low-water mark was 16 games under .500 at 28-44 on June 28. They’re 36-26 since, 26-19 post-break and 34-26 in the second half. Tacoma enters action today having won four of five and six of eight. (Need 11-5 finish for .500)
THE FUT-R?: Mariners Double-A starting RHP Taylor Dollard has earned 16 winning decisions this season for the Arkansas Travelers (Texas League), the most in Travs franchise history as a Double-A club. Dollard currently leads all of Minor League Baseball, all levels, with 16 wins.
BARRELED KELENIC: In 79 games this season with Tacoma, outfielder Jarred Kelenic has 91 hits (.282 AVG). 46 of those knocks have gone for extra bases (15 HR, 3 triples), a staggering 50.5% of his Triple-A hit total this season (.526 SLG, .881 OPS). Kelenic’s 28 doubles lead the Rainiers and are tied for fifth-most in the PCL. His 46 XBH rank 10th in the league despite not joining Tacoma until mid-May. His slugging percentage would be seventh-best in the PCL with the minimum number of at-bats to qualify.
K-LEW KRUSHED: Tacoma OF/DH Kyle Lewis entered this 12-game road trip as the reigning PCL Player of The Week for the period of August 30 through September 4. In five home games against Sacramento, Lewis batted .467 (7-for-15, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 7 runs) with a 1.667 OPS (.600/1.067). His Bonds-like OBP included five walks in 20 plate appearances during the series. With a first inning solo homer last night, Lewis has reached base safely in 12 straight games.
BIG WILLY STYLE: Since right-handed reliever Taylor Williams joined the Mariners org for a second time from San…