NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tacoma Rainiers (72-53) weathered a ninth-inning rally and held on for a 6-4 victory over the Nashville Sounds (72-54) on Thursday night at First Tennessee Park.
Tacoma starting pitcher Taijuan Walker posted 6.1 shutout innings for the Rainiers, holding the Sounds to just three hits while walking two and striking out two. He earned his first win of the season for Tacoma.
Designated hitter Dan Vogelbach and right fielder Daniel Robertson finished the night going a combined 4-for-6 with one run and four RBI.
Third baseman D.J. Peterson led off the top of the third with a walk and advanced to third base on a single from center fielder Guillermo Heredia before second baseman Mike Freeman brought him across to score on a sacrifice fly, giving the Rainiers a 1-0 lead.
Tacoma sent nine batters to the plate and scored three runs in the top of the fifth inning to extend their lead over Nashville to 4-0. First baseman Stefen Romero and Robertson hit RBI singles in the frame, while Vogelbach chipped in with a sacrifice fly.
Vogelbach’s 19th home run of the season, a two run shot to right-center field in the top of the ninth inning, pushed the Rainiers margin out to 6-0.
Nashville wrapped up the scoring, and broke up the Rainiers shutout bid, in the bottom of the ninth with a four-run rally. A two-run double from Colin Walsh and RBI singles from Arismendy Alcantara and Renato Nunez created the final score of 6-4.
Paul Fry and a rehabbing Tony Zych held the Sounds scoreless and hitless over 1.2 innings of work with three strikeouts before giving way to David Rollins in the ninth inning. Rollins allowed four runs on four hits before Andrew Kittredge entered to seal the victory, earning his third save in the process.
The Rainiers and Sounds wrap up their four-game set with a 5:05 p.m. PT first pitch tomorrow, Friday, August 19. Tacoma right-hander Zach Lee (0-6, 5.57) and Nashville righty Raul Alcantara will take the mound.
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