NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A pair of home runs sunk the Tacoma Rainiers (71-53) in a 5-2 loss to the Nashville Sounds (72-53) on Wednesday afternoon at First Tennessee Park.
First baseman Dan Vogelbach (2×4) and left fielder Ryan Strausborger (2×4) logged four of the Rainiers five hits.
Starting pitcher Jarrett Grube (1-3) allowed four runs on five hits over 6.0 innings of work. He walked three, struck out three, and allowed two home runs while being straddled with his third loss of the year.
Strausborger put the Rainiers on top with a solo home run in the top of the third inning. His sixth home run of the season, second for Tacoma, gave the visitors a 1-0 lead.
The Sounds quickly tied the game at 1-1 when Arismendy Alcantara swatted a solo home run of his own in the bottom of the third inning.
Following a sacrifice bunt from right fielder Daniel Robertson that moved a pair of runners into scoring position, a groundout to first base from designated hitter D.J. Peterson pushed across a run for Tacoma, giving the Rainiers a 2-1 edge.
The first two batters to the plate against Grube in the bottom of the sixth reached base. Grube managed to record two consecutive outs without allowing the runners to advance before Joey Wendle jumped on his first pitch for a three-run home run that gave the Sounds a 4-2 lead.
Four consecutive one-out singles off Rainiers reliever Pat Venditte in the bottom of the seventh scored a run for Nashville, creating the Sounds final winning margin of 5-2.
Right-handed reliever Andrew Kittredge struck out two Sounds batters in one scoreless inning of work.
Right-hander Taijuan Walker will take the mound for the Rainiers as they continue their series with the Sounds tomorrow, Thursday, August 18. Nashville will hand the ball to righty Daniel Mengden (6-1, 1.34). First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. PT.
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