COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Tacoma Rainiers (52-53) fell back under the .500 mark with a 16-9 loss to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (63-39) on Thursday night at Security Service Field.
Center fielder Leonys Martin led the way on offense with four RBI, finishing the night 2-for-4 with a grand slam home run. First baseman D.J. Peterson (2×4, 2 R, BB) and left fielder Ian Miller (3×5, RBI) both notched three hits apiece.
Martin and Vogelbach both extended their hitting streaks to 12 games, tied for the longest streak on the team this season.
Colorado Springs scored in all but three half innings on the way to their third straight victory over Tacoma. The Sky Sox held a 4-0 lead going into the top of the fourth inning before the Rainiers mounted a four-run rally that tied the game at 4-4. Third baseman Gordon Beckham and Miller both notched RBI single during the rally.
The Sky Sox scored seven in the bottom of the fourth to retake the lead and added to their cushion with a four-run fifth inning, giving them enough of a margin to sustain the Rainiers second rally of the night in the top of the sixth. Martin stepped into the box with the bases loaded and hammered a grand slam over the wall in right center field to cut Colorado Springs lead to 15-8.
Each team plated one more run over the final handful of frames to create the final score of 16-9 in favor of the Sky Sox.
Rainiers right-hander Sam Gaviglio (3-4, 3.89) and Sky Sox righty Bubba Derby (2-0, 3.09) take the mound as the series closes out on Friday night. First pitch is set for 6:00 p.m. PT.
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