TACOMA, Wash. – The Tacoma Rainiers (59-43) dropped a 6-0 decision to the El Paso Chihuahuas (59-44) on Tuesday night at Cheney Stadium.
The Chihuahuas jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the top of the second inning when Nick Noonan sent a single into left field to score Austin Hedges, followed by a two-out, two-run home run to left field from Diego Doris. Three batters later, Carlos Asuaje lined a single into right field plating Taylor Lindsey.
El Paso expanded their lead with two runs in the top of the eighth inning after Hector Sanchez smacked a two-out double to right-center field scoring Asuaje and Hedges, giving the Chihuahuas the 6-0 advantage.
Starting pitcher Jarrett Grube allowed four runs on five hits over 6.0 innings of work – he issued two walks, struck out six, and surrendered one home run.
Relievers Emilio Pagan and Kevin Munson combined to allow two runs on three hits over the final 3.0 innings of the game, surrendering one walk and striking out three.
Tacoma and El Paso continue their series tomorrow, Wednesday, July 27 with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. PT. The Rainiers will turn to right-hander Joe Wieland (8-5, 6.07) for the start, while the Chihuahuas hand the ball to right-hander Daniel McCutchen (9-6, 5.78).
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