TACOMA, Wash. – The Tacoma Rainiers (69-48) collected their second consecutive victory, a 5-1 decision over the Sacramento River Cats (54-64), on Tuesday night at Cheney Stadium.
Starting pitcher Forrest Snow (1-0) turned in 5.0 innings for the Rainiers, allowing one run on three hits – He issued two walks and struck out three en route to his first win of the season.
Tacoma’s offense was led by second baseman Mike Freeman (2×3), right fielder Ryan Strausborger (2×3), and shortstop Tyler Smith (2×4). The trio combined for three runs and one RBI.
The River Cats ventured on to the scoreboard with a run in the top of the first inning on a double to centerfield from Austin Slater scoring Ramiro Pena, giving Sacramento the early 1-0 lead.
The Rainiers answered with two runs in the bottom of the second inning when Smith lined a double down the left field line to plate D.J. Peterson and a fielding error by Slater, Sacramento’s left fielder, enabled Zach Shank to score on the play, giving Tacoma the 2-1 advantage.
Robertson smacked a two-out, two-run double down the right field line to score Smith and Strausborger in the bottom half of the fourth inning, extending Tacoma’s lead to 4-1.
The Rainiers pushed their lead to 5-1 in the home half of the seventh inning on a ground ball fielder’s choice RBI off the bat of Peterson scored Freeman.
Relievers Pat Venditte, Emilio Pagan, and Andrew Kittredge combined to work the final 4.0 innings, holding Sacramento scoreless on three hits, while striking out five.
Tacoma and Sacramento wrap up their series tomorrow, Wednesday, August 10, with a first pitch scheduled for 11:35 a.m. PT. The Rainiers will turn to right-hander Jarrett Grube (1-2, 3.97) for the start, while the River Cats hand the ball to lefty Ty Blach (12-6, 3.58).
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