MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Tacoma Rainiers (69-50) dropped their series opener to the Memphis Redbirds (58-61) by a score of 3-1 on Friday night at AutoZone Park.
Rainiers starting pitcher Jarret Grube held the Redbirds to just one run on just three hits over 6.2 innings of work – he walked one and struck out five but did not factor into the decision.
Tacoma’s offense notched six base hits, led by right fielder Stefen Romero (2×4) and third baseman Zach Shank (2×3). Designated hitter Dan Vogelbach reached base three times on a trio of walks.
Romero snapped a 0-0 tie, and ended the Rainiers 16-inning scoreless streak, with a leadoff home run in the top of the seventh inning. It was his 19th home run of the season and it gave Tacoma a 1-0 advantage.
Memphis rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, all scoring with two outs off back-to-back doubles from Patrick Wisdom and Matt Williams. The two-out rally gave the Redbirds a 3-1 lead over the Rainiers, which they would hold onto for the win.
Emilio Pagan suffered his first blown save and loss of the season after allowing the go-ahead runs to score in the seventh. Paul Fry allowed two hits but held the Redbirds scoreless in his 1.0 inning of work.
The Rainiers will send right-hander Taijuan Walker (0-0, 4.15) to the mound as they continue their series with the Redbirds tomorrow, Saturday, August 13. Memphis has not yet named a starting pitcher. First pitch is scheduled for 4:35 p.m. PT.
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