TACOMA, Wash. – The Tacoma Rainiers (50-40) opened the second half of the Pacific Coast League season with a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (44-44) on Thursday night at Cheney Stadium.
Starting pitcher Cody Martin (8-5) tossed 6.0 innings for Tacoma while holding the Sky Sox to one run on three hits. He walked one and struck out nine en route to his eighth win of the season – Martin’s nine strikeouts matched the Rainiers single-game season high.
Emilio Pagan, Charlie Furbush, and Andrew Kittredge worked the final 3.0 innings for Tacoma, holding Colorado Springs scoreless on one hit while striking out four – Kittredge notched his first save of the season.
Right fielder Ryan Strausborger (2×4), center fielder Guillermo Heredia (1×3), and shortstop Luis Sardinas (1×4) combined for three runs and three RBI to lead the Rainiers offense.
The Rainiers opened the scoring with a run in the bottom of the second inning when Strausborger lined a single into left field scoring Sardinas, giving Tacoma the 1-0 lead.
The Sky Sox evened the score at 1-1 in the top of the third inning after Orlando Arcia led off the frame with a double to center field and came around to score on a sacrifice fly to left field from Josmil Pinto.
Strausborger smashed a solo home run over the left field fence to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning and Heredia smacked a two-out solo home run down the left field line, putting the Rainiers on top 3-1.
Tacoma and Colorado Springs square off again tomorrow, Friday, July 15 at 7:05 p.m. PT. The Rainiers are scheduled to start right-hander Felix Hernandez (0-0, 0.00), while the Sky Sox are slated to go with righty Wily Peralta (0-2, 9.17).
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