EL PASO, Texas. – The Tacoma Rainiers dropped game two of the Pacific Conference Championship Series to the El Paso Chihuahuas, 7-1, on Thursday night at Southwest University Park. The best-of-five series is now tied at 1-1.
First baseman Stefen Romero finished the night 3-for-4 with a double, the Rainiers only extra base hit, to lead the offense. Third baseman Zach Shank (2×4) and left fielder James Ramsey (2×4) also contributed multiple hits.
The Chihuahuas jumped out to a 3-0 lead after four innings of play and never looked back. Diego Goris provided El Paso with a 1-0 lead on an RBI double in the bottom of the second inning and added two more RBI on a two-run double in the bottom of the fourth.
An errant pickoff throw attempting to nail a runner at third base by Tacoma catcher Rob Brantly added a run to the Chihuahuas lead in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Following a Hunter Renfroe leadoff walk in the bottom of the sixth, Franchy Cordero roped an RBI triple to right field to extend El Paso’s lead to 5-0. A wild pitch and an RBI single off the bat of Manuel Margot tacked on two more runs to push the Chihuahuas advantage out to 7-0.
Tacoma logged their only run of the game in the top of the seventh inning. With runners on first and second and one out, Ramsey punched an RBI single into right field, scoring right fielder Mike Baxter and creating the final score of 7-1.
Rainiers starting pitcher Cody Martin took the loss after allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits over 5.0 innings of work. He walked two and struck out eight.
Right-handed reliever Zach Lee worked the remainder of the game for Tacoma, allowing three runs on four hits over 3.0 innings.
The Pacific Conference Championship Series turns to Cheney Stadium for the final three games beginning tomorrow, Friday, September 9. Tacoma will hand the ball to right-hander Wade LeBlanc (0-0, -.–), while El Paso will turn to righty Bryan Rodriguez (4-8, 5.11). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. PT.
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