TACOMA, Wash. – The Tacoma Rainiers (39-31) dropped a 2-1 decision to the Fresno Grizzlies (32-37) in the series finale on Monday night at Cheney Stadium.
Starting pitcher Cody Martin turned in his longest outing of the season, surrendering just one run over 7.0 innings of work. He held the Grizzlies to four hits, issued no walks, and struck out seven.
Fresno struck first with a run in the top of the first inning. Andrew Aplin led off the frame with a double to right field, advanced to third base on a fly ball to deep center field from Colin Moran, and came around to score on a sacrifice fly to center field from A.J. Reed, giving the Grizzlies the 1-0 lead.
The Grizzlies added one more run in the top of the ninth inning when Reed smacked a two-out solo home run over the right field wall, pushing Fresno’s lead to 2-0.
Stefen Romero put the Rainiers on the scoreboard in the bottom of the ninth inning with a leadoff solo home run over the left field wall, cutting the Grizzlies lead to 2-1.
Relievers Steve Johnson and Kyle Hunter worked the final 2.0 innings for Tacoma, allowing one run on one hit, while striking out two.
The Rainiers hit the road to kick off a four-game series against the Sacramento River Cats tomorrow, Tuesday, June 21. Left-hander Brad Mills (3-1, 3.93) will open the series for Tacoma, while Sacramento is scheduled to start right-hander Chris Heston (1-8, 3.96). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. PT.
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