FRESNO, Calif. – The Tacoma Rainiers dropped their series finale against the Fresno Grizzlies by a final score of 6-3 on Sunday evening at Chukchansi Park.
First baseman Daniel Vogelbach (3×4, 2B, RBI, BB) and center fielder Zach Shank (2×3, 2B, 2 RBI, BB) led the way for Tacoma on offense. Third baseman Danny Muno (2×4, R) also picked up multiple hits.
The Rainiers and Grizzlies battled back-and-forth for the first four innings, with Tacoma coming out in front by one run, 2-1. Vogelbach posted the Rainiers first run of the evening on an RBI single in the top of the first, and Shank put them back out in front with an RBI base knock of his own in the fourth.
Tyler White vaulted Fresno into the lead with a grand-slam home run in the bottom of the fifth, while Colin Walsh provided an insurance run in the sixth to make the score 6-2 in favor of the Grizzlies.
Shank notched his second RBI of the night in the top of the eighth, lacing a double to center that scored Joey Wong and cut the Grizzlies lead in half to 6-3.
Tacoma starting pitcher Sam Gaviglio allowed five runs on five hits (one home run) over 4.2 innings of work. He walked two, struck out eight, and was saddled with the loss.
The Rainiers now return home to Cheney Stadium to host the Salt Lake Bees in their final homestand of the 2017 season. Tacoma will send Christian Bergman (9-4, 5.34) to the mound to kick off the four-game set on Monday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. PT.
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