May 12, 2017 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) - Tacoma Rainiers
TACOMA, Wash. - The Tacoma Rainiers (21-11) launched three home runs and tallied double-digit hits for their second game in a row during a 7-2 rain-shortened victory over the Round Rock Express (14-20) on Thursday night at Cheney Stadium.
Catcher Steven Baron (3x3, RBI) lead another extremely productive night on offense for the Rainiers, falling just a triple shy of the cycle and adding his seventh RBI of the season. Right fielder Boog Powell (2x3, RBI) and left fielder Tyler O'Neil (2x2) both notched multi-hit games in Tacoma's fourth straight victory.
Rainiers starting pitcher Kyle Hunter (0-0, 4.50) allowed two runs through four innings in his second start of the season, adding two strikeouts and a walk.
A solo home run from Jurickson Profar and an RBI single from Brett Nicholas gave Round Rock a 2-0 lead in the top half of the first.
The Rainiers would strike back in the bottom of the third. Baron laced a leadoff double to left field and came around to score when Powell singled into right. Designated hitter Mike Zunino then singled to load the bases and first baseman D.J. Peterson added a base-hit of his own up the middle to score third baseman Seth Mejias-Brean and Powell, giving Tacoma a 3-2 lead.
With one out in the fourth, Mejias-Brean and Zunino launched back-to-back home runs to left field, extending the Rainiers lead to 7-2.
Baron would tally his third hit in as many at bats Thursday night, slapping a solo home run just over the wall in left field, increasing the Tacoma lead to 8-2.
The game was sent in to a rain delay during the top of the sixth inning and eventually called early. Rainiers righty Steve Cishek (1-0, 0.00) was credited with the victory after striking out two in a scoreless fifth inning.
The Rainiers and Express will return to action Friday night for game two of the four-game series. Right-hander Rob Whalen (0-0, 4.50) will take the mound for Tacoma. Round Rock has yet to announce a starter.
All tickets, group outings and suites packages for the 2017 season are available for purchase in person at the Cheney Stadium Box Office, online at www.tacomarainiers.com, or over the phone at (253) 752-7707.