NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After an extended rain delay, the Tacoma Rainiers (73-53) collected a 4-2 extra-innings victory over the Nashville Sounds (72-55) on Friday night at First Tennessee Park.
The Rainiers swatted 11 base hits against the Sounds, led by a 4-for-5 night from right fielder Daniel Robertson and a 3-for-5 performance from shortstop Tyler Smith. Left fielder James Ramsey reached base three times after going 1-for-3 with a pair of walks.
Zach Lee got the start for Tacoma and over 6.0 innings of work held the Sounds to two runs on five hits with three walks and four strikeouts. He did not factor into the decision.
The Rainiers bullpen – represented by Evan Scribner (1.0), Kevin Munson (2.0), and Emilio Pagan (1.0) – combined to hold the Sounds scoreless over the final 4.0 frames of play. They limited Nashville to just one hit, and recorded seven strikeouts.
Matt Chapman boosted the Sounds out to an early 2-0 lead with a bases-loaded, two-run single to right field in the bottom of the first inning.
Smith chipped into the Nashville lead with an RBI single in the top of the second inning, while designated hitter Dan Vogelbach followed with an RBI single of his own in the top of the third to tie the game at 2-2.
Tacoma recorded just one hit in the top of the 10th inning, but pushed across two runs on a bases-loaded wild pitch and a bases-loaded walk drawn by third baseman Zach Shank. The wild pitch that gave the Rainiers the lead scored Robertson, who had led off the frame with a double, his fourth and final hit of the night.
The Rainiers return home to Cheney Stadium tomorrow, Saturday, August 20 to kick off a four-game series against the Las Vegas 51s. Tacoma right-hander Sam Gaviglio (3-0, 1.99) and Las Vegas righty Tyler Pill (0-0, 11.00) will square off. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. PT.
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