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Big 1st Inning From Tacoma Dooms Tucson

June 12, 2004 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) - Tucson Sidewinders News Release

Tacoma's 5 spot in 1st set the tone for their 7-1 victory over the Sidewinders. Tucson' starting pitcher Casey Daigle (0-2) gave up 3 runs, one unearned, before even recording an out. He would eventually recover by not allowing a run past the 1st, but only lasted 5 innings due to a high pitch count. RHP Gil Meche pitched a gem, only allowing 1 ER on 5 hits with 12 strikeouts in 7 innings to pick up his 1st win of the season.

SS/2B combo, Jose and Mickey Lopez each went yard for the Rainiers. Mickey's was a 2-run shot to lead the scoring off in the 1st, his 6th of the year. Jose's (11) was also a 2-run bomb, his coming in the 7th off left-handed reliever Jon Cannon. 1B A.J. Zapp was also a major contributor to the offense as he had 3 2B's on the night, his 10th, 11th, and 12th of the season.

LF Victor Hall, who reached base via double, scored the only run of the night for the Sidewinders as he came across the plate on CF Julio Ramirez's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 1st. Tucson struggled to get to Meche the rest of the night.

The loss was Tuscon's 3rd in a row and dropped their record to 34-27. Coupled with Sacramento's 15-10 victory over Salt Lake, it drops the Sidewinders to a season low 2.5 games back of 1st place. The Rainiers remain on top the North division with a 32-24 record.

A season high attendance was recorded tonight as 9,111 fans came out to Tucson Electric Park. The game was finished in 2:35. Probables for tomorrow night's 7:00 PM start feature Tacoma's LHP Travis Blackley (5-2, 2.84) versus Tucson's RHP Edgar Gonzalez (2-5, 5.63).

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