SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Tacoma Rainiers (61-64) collected nine runs on 12 hits, but were sunk by two big innings in an 11-9 loss to the Salt Lake Bees (64-61) on Thursday night at Smith’s Ballpark.
Shortstop Taylor Motter led the Rainiers offense with a 4-for-5 performance, racking up four runs, two doubles, one home run and two RBI – it was his first four-hit game of the season. Second baseman Gordon Beckham collected four RBI on a 2-for-3 outing that included two doubles.
First baseman Daniel Vogelbach continued his extended hot streak at the plate, going 2-for-4 with two runs, one RBI, and a walk. Third baseman Shawn O’Malley went 1-for-4 with a run scored, one double, and a walk to extend his season-long hitting streak to nine games.
The Rainiers took and early 2-0 lead in the top of the first but let it slip away with a seven-run bottom of the second for the Bees. Tacoma clawed back into the game with one run in the third and three in the fifth before retaking the lead with a two-spot in the top sixth.
They extended their lead to 9-7 with an RBI double from Beckham, but surrendered four runs in the bottom of the frame to hand Salt Lake an 11-9 victory.
Right-hander Christian Bergman (8-3, 4.88) takes the mound for Tacoma on Friday as they look to avoid a sweep in Salt Lake. The Bees will be handing the ball to righty Daniel Wright (6-8, 7.25) to start.
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