MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Tacoma Rainiers (70-51) dropped a 6-2 decision to the Memphis Redbirds (59-62) on Sunday evening at AutoZone Park.
The Rainiers dropped eight base hits on the Redbirds, all of which were collected by second baseman Mike Freeman (2×5), right fielder Stefen Romero (2×3), catcher Rob Brantly (2×3), and shortstop Tyler Smith (2×4).
Brantly put the Rainiers on top 2-0 just four at-bats into the contest with a two-run home run to right field – it was his 13th homer of the season.
Mike Ohlman cut the Redbirds deficit in half with an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth inning, making the Rainiers edge 2-1.
Memphis jumped into the lead with a four-run outburst in the bottom of the fifth inning. An RBI single from former Rainiers first baseman Efren Navarro tied the game at 2-2, and David Washington blasted a three-run home run two batters later to give the Redbirds a 5-2 lead.
Harrison Bader led off the Memphis half of the sixth inning with a double and came around to score three batters later on an RBI single from Alex Mejia, extending the Redbirds lead out to the final score of 6-2.
Tacoma starting pitcher Zach Lee took his sixth loss with the Rainiers after allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits over 5.0 innings of work. He walked one, struck out four, and allowed one home run.
Kevin Munson and Paul Fry combined to work 3.0 innings out of the Rainiers bullpen, allowing one run on two hits while striking out one.
Tacoma and Memphis wrap up their series tomorrow, Monday, August 15 with a first pitch set for 4:35 p.m. PT. Rainiers right-hander Sam Gaviglio (2-0, 2.10) is scheduled to face Redbirds right-hander Mike Mayers (3-5, 3.06).
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