MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Tacoma Rainiers (71-51) emerged victorious, 5-1, from a rain-shortened series with the Memphis Redbirds (59-63) on Monday night at AutoZone Park.
A sudden downpour of rain caused the game to go into delay in the middle of the eighth inning. After a 52-minut break in play, the game was called.
Rainiers starting pitcher Sam Gaviglio allowed just one run and scattered four hits over 6.1 innings of work. He worked around five walks and struck out five more.
Catcher Jesus Sucre (3×4) paced the Tacoma offense, and was accompanied in his multi-hit effort by Guillermo Heredia (2×3) and Dan Vogelbach (2×3).
RBI singles from Vogelbach and second baseman Zach Shank pushed the Rainiers out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first, and it would be all they needed.
Designated hitter D.J. Peterson added to Tacoma’s lead with an RBI single in the top of the third, while a sacrifice fly to left field two batters later by Shank expanded the Rainiers advantage to 4-0.
Memphis score their only run of the night in the bottom of the sixth inning, when Patrick Wisdom pushed a sacrifice fly out to center field, cutting the Tacoma lead to 4-1.
Left fielder James Ramsey’s RBI single in the top of the seventh was the final scoring surge of the night, creating the 5-1 Rainiers margin of victory.
The Rainiers travel to Nashville to kick off a four-game series against the Sounds tomorrow, Tuesday, August 16th. Tacoma right-hander Cody Martin (9-7, 3.93) will battle Nashville righty Jesse Hahn (1-6, 3.66). First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. PT.
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