TACOMA, Wash. – The Tacoma Rainiers (38-30) dropped a 4-3 decision to the Fresno Grizzlies (31-36) on Saturday night Cheney Stadium.
Catcher Rob Brantly (2×4), designated hitter Mike Zunino (2×4), and third baseman Patrick Kivlehan (1×3) led the offense, combining for all three Rainiers runs and one RBI.
Right-hander Jarrett Grube worked 4.1 innings, allowing only one run on three hits while walking five and striking out five – he did not factor into the decision.
Fresno jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when A.J. Reed smacked a two-out solo home run to right field.
The Rainiers grabbed the lead by manufacturing two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Kivlehan reached first base on a fielder’s choice ground ball, advanced to third base on a double from Brantly, and came around to score on a fielder’s choice RBI groundout from Boog Powell. Chris Taylor then lined a single into left field to plate Brantly, giving Tacoma the 2-1 advantage.
The Grizzlies scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to take a 4-2 lead. Reed smacked a one-out, one-run double down the left field line, followed by a two-run double off the bat of Matt Duffy.
Kivlehan led off the bottom of the seventh inning by smashing a solo home run to left field, cutting the Grizzlies lead to one at 4-3.
Paul Fry, Kraig Sitton, and Emilio Pagan covered the final 4.2 innings out of the Rainiers bullpen and allowed a combined three runs on five hits, while striking out six.
Tacoma right-hander Donn Roach (4-4, 4.72) and Fresno righty Mike Hauschild (5-6, 3.50) will square off as the Rainiers and Grizzlies continue their series tomorrow, Sunday, June 19. First pitch is scheduled for 1:35 p.m. PT.
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