SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Tacoma Rainiers (59-42) completed their series sweep of the Salt Lake Bees (47-53) with a 6-4 victory on Monday night at Smith’s Ballpark.
The win was the Rainiers sixth consecutive road win, and marked the first time since at least 2005 that the club was 17 games over the .500 mark. It also gave Tacoma their first road sweep of the Bees since July 2010.
Tacoma starting pitcher Cody Martin earned his team-leading ninth win of the year after working 6.0 innings and limiting the Bees to three runs on seven hits. He issued no walks and struck out six.
Leadoff hitter and second baseman Daniel Robertson finished the night with the Rainiers only multi-hit outing, going 2-for-5. However, eight-of-nine members of Tacoma’s starting lineup recorded at least one base knock.
Robertson opened the evening with the Rainiers second first-inning, leadoff home run of the season, putting Tacoma on top 1-0. It was Robertson’s fifth home run of the year, and his first since June 16.
Left fielder Dario Pizzano expanded the Rainiers lead to 2-0 with a one-out double in the top of the 3rd inning, scoring Robertson from first base following his single.
Salt Lake swiftly took the lead with a trio of runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. A pair of doubles and an RBI triple from Cal Towey knotted the game up at 2-2 without an out being recorded. Former Seattle Mariner Brendan Ryan followed two batters later with a go-ahead RBI single into left field, pushing the Bees out in front, 3-2.
Three consecutive singles from right fielder Stefen Romero, designated hitter Dan Vogelbach, and first baseman D.J. Peterson to open the sixth inning tied the game at 3-3. Catcher Rob Brantly promptly blasted the Rainiers ahead with a three-run home run to right field, making the score 6-3. It was Brantly’s 11th home run of the season, a new single-season career high.
A throwing error charged to shortstop Tyler Smith ultimately led to an unearned run scored off Tacoma reliever Blake Parker in the bottom of the ninth inning, creating the final margin of 6-4. Parker eventually took home his 17th save of the season.
The Rainiers return home to open a nine-game homestand that begins with a five-game set against the El Paso Chihuahuas tomorrow, Tuesday, July 26. Tacoma right-hander Jarrett Grube (1-1, 4.15) and El Paso righty Carlos Pimentel (9-5, 6.04) are slated to start. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. PT.
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