COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Tacoma Rainiers (52-52) dropped a rain-shortened contest to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (62-39), 12-4, on Wednesday afternoon at Security Service Field.
Designated hitter Leonys Martin (1×4, 3B, 2 RBI), center fielder Boog Powell (1×4, R), and first baseman Daniel Vogelbach (1×4, RBI) all extended their season-long hitting streaks and accounted for half of the Rainiers offense. Left fielder Ian Miller (2×4, RBI) posted Tacoma’s only multi-hit outing.
The Sky Sox took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning before adding three runs to their lead in the second frame. They took their 4-0 lead into the bottom of the fifth and tacked on five additional runs to balloon their advantage out to a commanding lead of 9-0.
Martin put the Rainiers on the board with a two-run triple to right field in the top of the sixth inning, cutting the Sky Sox lead to 9-2.
Mauricio Dubon struck for a three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh off Rainiers reliever Pat Light that extended the Sky Sox lead to 12-2.
The Rainiers again ventured onto the scoreboard with a pair of runs in the top of the eighth inning. Vogelbach laced a line drive RBI single into left that scored shortstop Taylor Motter from third base and Miller capped the scoring with an RBI infield single. The two-run rally cut the Sky Sox lead to 12-4.
Rain interrupted the game in the bottom of the eighth with a short delay and ultimately caused the game to be called early, giving the Sky Sox a 12-4 victory.
Tacoma starting pitcher Chase De Jong (3-5) surrendered nine runs (eight earned) on 11 hits over 4.1 innings of work and took the loss, his fifth of the season.
Tacoma will send right-hander Christian Bergman (8-1, 3.34) to the mound on Thursday to face off against Colorado Springs righty Paolo Espino (4-1, 3.84). First pitch is scheduled for 5:40 p.m. PT.
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