TACOMA, Wash. – The Tacoma Rainiers (55-57) fell to the Memphis Redbirds (73-38) by a final score of 5-4 Friday night at Cheney Stadium.
Center fielder Boog Powell (3×4, 2 R, 2B, HR, RBI), third baseman Taylor Motter (2×4, 2 R, RBI) and first baseman Daniel Vogelbach (1×4, 2 RBI) led the way for the Rainiers on offense.
Tacoma starter Sam Gaviglio (3-5) allowed four runs on nine hits across five innings Friday night, adding five strikeouts and just one walk.
Harrison Bader gave the Redbirds a 1-0 lead during the top half of the first by lifting a sacrifice fly to center field.
A line-drive RBI single from Vogelbach in the bottom half scored Powell and Motter, moving the score to 2-1 in favor of Tacoma.
Former Rainiers outfielder Tyler O’Neill would tie the game during the top of the third with his 23rd home run of the season, knotting the score at 2-2.
A pair of home runs from Powell and Motter during the bottom of the third regained and extended the Raineirs lead to 4-2.
Memphis regained the lead with a rally of its own during the fourth inning. A single from Breyvic Valera and a doubled from Alex Mejia cut the Tacoma lead to 4-3. An RBI single from Nick Martini then tied the game at 4-4. O’Neill grabbed his second RBI of the night when he grounded into a force out, scoring Mejia and reclaiming the Memphis lead, 5-4.
The Tacoma bullpen was nearly untouchable Friday night, as right handers Cody Martin (0-0), Shae Simmons (0-0), Ryne Harper (3-2) and Thyago Vieira (0-0) combined to toss four consecutive scoreless innings in the loss, allowing just one hit and striking out four.
The Rainiers and Redbirds return to action Saturday night for game three of the current four-game series. Lefty Marco Gonzales (2-0, 4.50) will get the start for Tacoma and right hander Dakota Hudson (0-0, 5.14) will be on the mound for Memphis. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
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