LAS VEGAS, Nevada – A walk-off solo home run sunk the Tacoma Rainiers (66-74) in a 7-6 loss to the Las Vegas 51s (54-86) on Saturday night at Cashman Field.
Tacoma took a 5-0 lead in the top of the third but saw it slowly slip away until Las Vegas notched a trio fo runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 6-5 lead. Newly-promoted center fielder Austin Grebeck swatted a one-out solo homer in the top of the ninth to tie the game at 6-6, setting up the 51s walk-off dinger in the bottom of the final frame.
Catcher Tuffy Gosewisch (2×4, R, 2B), designated hitter Andrew Aplin (2×4, 2B, RBI), and Grebeck (2×4, 2 R, HR, RBI) all recorded multiple hits for the Rainiers. Grebeck and Logan Taylor both smacked home runs, the first of their Triple-A careers.
Rainiers righty Tyler Cloyd (1-1, 6.18) get the start opposite 51s right-hander Mitch Atkins (4-8, 6.00) as the final series of the season marches on Sunday night at 7:05 p.m. PT.
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