TACOMA, Wash. – The Tacoma Rainiers (58-60) fell in series finale against the Nashville Sounds (56-61) by a final score of 7-4 on Thursday night at Cheney Stadium.
Tacoma was led by first baseman Daniel Vogelbach (1×3, HR, RBI) and second baseman Gordon Beckham (1×3, 2 RBI, BB). No Rainiers player notched multiple hits.
Nashville scored three runs in the top of the second inning, including a two-run home run to left field from Matt Mcbride, to take an early 3-0 lead.
Vogelbach fired back for Tacoma in the bottom half of the second inning, hitting a leadoff solo home run over the left field fence, chipping the Nashville lead down to 3-1.
Tacoma starter Max Povse went for two innings on the mound, giving up three earned runs and striking out one batter before being replaced by right-hander Cody Martin.
The Sounds tacked on another two runs in the top of the third, giving them a 5-1 lead.
The Rainiers then got a run back when catcher Mike Marjama scored off of an error in the bottom of the fifth.
The Sounds gave themselves a 6-2 lead in the top of the sixth inning after Kenny Wilson scored off of a wild pitch.
Tacoma answered immediately in the bottom of the sixth inning off of a two RBI triple from second baseman Gordon Beckham, scoring shortstop Taylor Motter and third baseman Shawn O’Malley, bringing the Rainiers within two runs.
However, Nashville extended their lead again in the top of the seventh inning by one run, giving them a 7-4 lead that would hold for the remainder of the contest.
The Rainiers face off against the Reno Aces in the series opener of a four-game series Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. PT. Tacoma right-hander Andrew Moore (3-3, 3.69) and Reno left-hander Eric Jokisch (7-5, 4.43) will pitch.
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