SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Tacoma Rainiers (49-40) closed out the first half of the season with an 8-2 victory over the Sacramento River Cats (38-53) on Sunday afternoon at Raley Field.
Tacoma starting pitcher Jordan Pries (2-1) earned his second win of the year after holding Sacramento to two runs on six hits over 6.0 innings of work. He walked two and struck out four.
Seven Rainiers batters recorded multiple hits as the offense combined to scatter 17 base knocks. They were led by first baseman D.J Peterson, who finished the afternoon 3-for-5 with one run and two RBI.
Travis Ishikawa led off the Sacramento half of the second inning with a single, moved to second on a walk drawn by Andrew Susac, and came around to score on an RBI single from Myles Schroder – it gave the River Cats a 1-0 lead.
The Rainiers quickly took control of the game with three runs in the top of the third inning, grabbing the lead from Sacramento. Back-to-back singles from center fielder Guillermo Heredia and left fielder Dario Pizzano put a runner on second base for designated hitter Mike Zunino. A pop out to third and a pair of errors – one fielding and another throwing – from Kelby Tomlinson scored Heredia. Third baseman Patrick Kivlehan lined an RBI triple to right field to score Pizzano, and Peterson capped the rally with an RBI single to left field, giving Tacoma a 3-1 edge.
The River Cats picked up their second and final run of the afternoon in the bottom of the third. Ali Castillo swatted a one-out double to right field to send Gorky Hernandez to third after he singled to open the frame. Ishikawa brought Hernandez in on a sacrifice fly, cutting Tacoma’s lead to 3-2.
Right fielder Ryan Strausborger logged his first hit with the Rainiers in the top of the fourth inning, an RBI double to score second baseman Zach Shank that gave Tacoma a 4-2 lead.
Shank smacked an RBI single and catcher Rob Brantly added a two-run single in the top of the fifth, while Peterson contributed an RBI single in the top of the sixth to cap the scoring, creating the Rainiers winning margin of 8-2.
The Rainiers will next enjoy three days off for the 2016 Triple-A All-Star game. Tacoma will be back in action at Cheney Stadium on Thursday, July 14 as they kick off an eight-game homestand with a four-game inter-conference series against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. PT.
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