May 14, 2017 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) - Tacoma Rainiers
TACOMA, Wash. - The Tacoma Rainiers (22-12) and Round Rock Express (15-21) split a doubleheader on Saturday night at Cheney Stadium - the Express took game one, 5-0, while the Rainiers earned the win in game two, 8-1.
The Rainiers dropped the first game 5-0, as third baseman Seth Mejias-Brean (1x3 BB), right fielder Boog Powell (1x3, BB) and shortstop Tyler Smith (1x3) managed the Rainiers only hits of the first contest.
Tacoma game one starter Rob Whalen (0-1) allowed five runs on five hits and notched five strikeouts over six innings; he was credited with his first loss of the season.
Tacoma rallied back to win the second game 8-1, led by outstanding performances from center fielder Boog Powell (3x3, 4 R, 2B, BB), first baseman Daniel Vogelbach (2x4, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI) and left fielder Dario Pizzano (1x3, R, HR, 2 RBI).
The Rainiers struck first in game two when Vogelbach laced a single down the right field line to score Powell in the bottom half of the first inning, giving Tacoma an early 1-0 lead.
Left fielder Dario Pizzano led off the bottom of the third frame with an inside-the-park home run, the first at Cheney Stadium since Wladimir Balentien on April 28, 2008. It doubled Tacoma's lead to 2-0.
The Rainiers would score in their third consecutive frame in the third as Daniel Vogelbach hammered a two-run shot over the wall in right field to score Powell and extend their lead 4-0.
Three more runs came across for Tacoma in the bottom of the fifth, and Powell and right fielder Tyler O'Neill capped the home side's scoring with back-to-back two-out doubles in the sixth to extend the Rainiers lead to 8-0.
Tacoma game two starter Tyler Cloyd, making his Rainiers debut, worked 3.2 scoreless innings while allowing just two hits and striking out three. The win in game two went to reliever Nick Hagadone (1-1), who posted 1.1 perfect innings of work.
Round Rock managed one run in the top of the seventh to avoid the game two shutout - Jurickson Profar opened the frame with a double and came around to score three batters later, solidifying the final score of 8-1.
The Rainiers and Express return to action Sunday afternoon for the series finale - first pitch is scheduled for 1:35 p.m. PT. Righty Andrew Moore (1-0, 4.76) will take the mound for Tacoma against Round Rock righty Anthony Bass (0-0, 1.35).