TACOMA, Wash. – The Tacoma Rainiers (64-46) dropped the final game of the series to the Albuquerque Isotopes (48-61) with a 3-2 decision on Tuesday afternoon at Cheney Stadium.
The Rainiers offense was led by shortstop Tyler Smith (1×3) and right fielder Zach Shank (1×2). The duo combined for Tacoma’s two runs and two RBI.
Starting pitcher Zach Lee allowed five hits over 7.0 innings of work. The righty yielded three runs and struck out five.
The Rainiers began the scoring when Shank led off the bottom of the third inning with a double down the left field line and came around to score on a two-run home run to left field from Smith, giving Tacoma the 2-0 advantage.
The Isotopes answered with three runs in the top of the fourth inning on a two-run, two-out triple to right-center field from Tom Murphy, followed by a single from Jordan Patterson to plate Murphy, giving Albuquerque the 3-2 lead.
Tacoma reliever David Rollins worked the final 2.0 innings for Tacoma, holding Albuquerque scoreless on one hit.
The Rainiers hit the road to kick off a four-game series against the El Paso Chihuahuas tomorrow, Wednesday, August 3. Right-hander Sam Gaviglio (0-0, 3.26) will open the series for Tacoma, while El Paso is scheduled to start left-hander Frank Garces (4-5, 4.88). First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. PT.
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