EL PASO, Texas – The Tacoma Rainiers (67-47) wrapped up a road series victory with their 7-5 victory over the El Paso Chihuahuas (63-52) on Saturday night at Southwest University Park.
Rainiers starting pitcher Joe Wieland recorded just his fifth career outing with a double-digit strikeout total, as he fanned 10 El Paso batters over 6.2 innings of work. He allowed two runs on five hits to earn his team-leading 11th win of the season.
A trio of three-hit outings from second baseman Daniel Robertson (3×4), catcher Jesus Sucre (3×4) and center fielder James Ramsey (3×3) powered the Rainiers 11-hit night. They combined to score three runs while tallying six RBI.
For the second night in a row, the Rainiers jumped on El Paso with their first batter of the game with a home run. On Saturday night it was Robertson who sent a solo shot out to left field to give Tacoma an early 1-0 lead.
El Paso quickly evened the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the first as Manuel Margot checked in with a leadoff triple and came around to score three batters later on RBI double from Austin Hedges.
A two-run home run off the bat of Ramsey gave the Rainiers a 3-1 lead in the top of the second. The home run gave Ramsey two of what would ultimately be four RBI on the night.
Sucre checked in with a two-out double in the top of the fourth and came around to score on an RBI single from Ramsey in the top of the fourth to push the Rainiers lead out to 4-1.
A three-run top of the eighth that extended the Rainiers lead to 7-1 was highlighted by a two-run triple from Sucre. The three-bagger was just the fifth of his career, which began in 2005.
An RBI single from Margot in the seventh, a two-run home run from Hector Sanchez in the eighth, and a solo home run from Nick Noonan in the ninth narrowed the gap for the Chihuahuas, but the Rainiers would ultimately hold on for a 7-5 victory.
Kraig Sitton (0.2), Emilio Pagan (1.1), and David Rollins (0.1) worked the final frames for Tacoma out of the bullpen. Rollins earned his first save of the year after getting the final out of the night.
The Rainiers return home to open a four-game set against the Sacramento River Cats tomorrow, Sunday, August 7. Tacoma will send right-hander Zach Lee (0-4, 5.74) to the mound to square off against Sacramento righty Chris Stratton (8-5, 4.81). First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. PT.
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