TACOMA, Wash. – The Tacoma Rainiers (60-43) collected an 11-1 victory over the El Paso Chihuahuas (59-45) on Wednesday night at Cheney Stadium.
Starting pitcher Joe Wieland (9-5) earned his ninth win of the year after working 7.0 innings and limiting the Chihuahuas to one run on three hits – He issued no walks and struck out seven.
Left fielder Dario Pizzano (3×5), catcher Rob Brantly (3×5), first baseman D.J. Peterson (2×3), second baseman Daniel Robertson (2×4), and right fielder Stefen Romero (2×4) powered the Rainiers 15 hit frenzy, while combining for eight runs and seven RBI.
The Rainiers struck first with four runs in the bottom of the second inning to take the early 4-0 lead. With the bases loaded, Pizzano dropped a single into centerfield to score Peterson, followed by Ryan Strausborger reaching base on a fielding error by El Paso third baseman Carlos Asuaje scoring Brantly. Back-to-back sacrifice flies from Tyler Smith and Robertson then plated Zach Shank and Pizzano.
Pizzano legged out an infield single to score Brantly in the bottom of the third inning, followed by a single to right field from Strausborger to bring home Shank, extending the Rainiers advantage to 6-0.
With one out in the bottom half of the fourth inning, Peterson lined an RBI single into centerfield driving in Robertson and on the play a fielding error by El Paso centerfielder Manuel Margot allowed Romero to score from first base, pushing Tacoma’s lead to 8-0.
The Chihuahuas got on the scoreboard in the top of the fifth inning on a lead off solo home run to left field from Jabari Blash, cutting the Rainiers lead to 8-1.
The Rainiers added two runs in the home half of the fifth inning when Romero lined a two-out single to left field to score Pizzano, followed by a bases loaded walk by Peterson to bring home Smith, making it 10-1 in favor of Tacoma.
Tacoma increased their lead to 11-1 with a groundout RBI to second base from Pizzano to score Peterson in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Paul Fry held the Chihuahuas scoreless over the final 2.0 frames. He notched three strikeouts while issuing no walks.
Tacoma and El Paso are set for a doubleheader tomorrow, July 28. The first game is scheduled to begin at 6:05 p.m., while the back-end of the double header will begin approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game. Each game is scheduled to last seven innings. In game one, the Rainiers will hand the ball to right-hander Zach Lee (0-2, 5.16), while the Chihuahuas turn to righty Michael Kelly (5-1, 4.41). The second game pairs Tacoma righty Donn Roach (6-5, 4.01) against El Paso right-hander Bryan Rodriguez (4-3, 4.63).
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