SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Tacoma Rainiers (47-39) dropped their series opener to the Sacramento River Cats (37-51) on Thursday night at Raley Field.
Seven innings of scoreless baseball were bookended by a two-run first inning from the River Cats and a one-run ninth inning from the Rainiers. For the second night in a row Tacoma out-hit their opponent but came up short on the scoreboard.
Rainiers starting pitcher Donn Roach worked 6.0 innings and held the River Cats to just two runs on six hits. He issued one walk and struck out six, but was ultimately tagged with his fifth loss of the season.
Despite recording just four hits through the first seven innings, the Rainiers finished the night with nine base knocks, including multi-hit efforts from first baseman D.J. Peterson (2×4), right fielder Patrick Kivlehan (2×4), and second baseman Tyler Smith (2×4).
Sacramento scored their only two runs of the night in the bottom of the first inning. Kelby Tomlinson and Ali Castillo logged one-out singles to set up a two-run double from Travis Ishikawa, giving the River Cats the 2-0 lead.
The Rainiers pushed across a run in the top of the ninth inning, and moved the tying run into scoring position, before a called strike three to Smith quashed their comeback attempt. Peterson and Kivlehan both singled to open the frame, setting up a two-out RBI single from designated hitter Dario Pizzano two batters later to create the final score of 2-1.
Tacoma right-hander Joe Wieland (6-4, 6.45) will take on Sacramento righty Matt Cain (0-0, -.–) as the series between the two clubs continues tomorrow, Friday, July 8. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. PT.
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