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Rainiers Shut Down at Salt Lake

July 25, 2011 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) - Tacoma Rainiers News Release

Salt Lake City, UT - The Tacoma Rainiers struggled at Salt Lake again and dropped their series finale with the Bees 9-2 at Spring Mobile Ballpark on Monday night.

The Rainiers were held to just five hits en route to suffering a third consecutive defeat and a series loss to the Bees. Tacoma had won seven of their last 10 games prior to their recent skid.

Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning, Tacoma surrendered a solo home run to first baseman Efren Navarro with two outs to double their deficit.

Ryan Langerhans put the Rainiers back within in a run after homering in the fifth, but the Bees answered with three runs off two homers in the bottom of the inning to stretch their lead to 5-1. Cole Armstrong led off with a one-run shot and catcher Hank Conger hit a two-run blast with two outs.

The Bees blew the game open even further with four runs on five hits in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Salt Lake right-hander Matt Palmer (5-9) held Tacoma to one run on four hits with three walks and seven strikeouts over a six-inning start. Rainiers starter Jarrett Grube (1-3) was dealt the loss after allowing one run on four hits over six innings, with three walks and seven strikeouts.

The Rainiers (51-52) head back to Tacoma for an eight-game homestand that begins at 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday against Sacramento. Left-hander Luke French (7-6, 5.37) is scheduled to start for the Rainiers against River Cats left-hander Josh Outman (6-1, 3.83). The game will be broadcast live on South Sound Sports 850-AM and can be streamed online at

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