NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tacoma Rainiers (71-52) dropped their series opener to the Nashville Sounds (71-53) by a score of 2-1 on Tuesday night at First Tennessee Park.
The two club’s combined for just seven hits, four of which came off the bats of Rainiers players. Right fielder Ryan Strausborger (2×3) finished the night with the games only multi-hit performance.
Rainiers starting pitcher Forrest Snow logged 5.2 innings of work filling in for the recently recalled Cody Martin. Snow allowed two runs on two hits while walking two and striking out a season-high six batters.
Snow issued two walks, allowed two singles, and hit one batter in the top of the first inning, awarding the Sounds an early 2-0 lead.
The Rainiers quickly jumped on the scoreboard and cut the Sounds lead in half with a run in the top of the second inning. Center fielder James Ramsey swatted a one-out double to center field, and was driven in three batters later on an RBI double from shortstop Tyler Smith, making the score 2-1.
However, neither team would venture back onto the scoreboard for the remainder of the night, giving Nashville a 2-1 series-opening victory.
Tacoma relievers Emilio Pagan (2.0) and Paul Fry (0.1) held Nashville scoreless on just one hit over the final frames of the evening.
Game two tomorrow, Wednesday, August 17 will feature Rainiers right-hander Jarrett Grube (1-2, 3.97) and Sounds left-hander Dillon Overton (10-5, 3.51). First pitch is scheduled for 10:05 a.m. PT.
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