Rainiers Split Doubleheader with Las Vegas
Tacoma, WA - The Tacoma Rainiers came out even in their doubleheader with Las Vegas at Cheney Stadium on Monday, grabbing a 3-1 win in the first game and dropping the second 7-2.
The third inning proved to be the difference maker for the Rainiers in their victory in the first game. Shortstop Jack Wilson broke up a 1-1 game after driving in Chris Woodward with a two-out RBI double. Outfielder Brad Nelson followed that up with another double that scored Wilson from second in the next at bat.
Right-hander Andy Baldwin picked up his fourth win for the Rainiers after holding the 51s to one run on six hits and fanned three over six innings of work. Reliever Levale Speigner recorded his fourth save of the season with a perfect performance in seventh.
The loss went to Las Vegas starter Jesse Litsch following a night where the right-hander allowed all three Rainiers runs to score on eight hits over 8 2/3 innings.
The 51s turned the tables in the second half of the doubleheader and handed the Rainiers a loss, pelting Tacoma with seven runs on 12 hits. Outfielder Jose Calderone led the Las Vegas lineup and turned in a 2-for-3, two-RBI performance, including a solo home run in the top of the sixth.
The win went to Las Vegas right-hander Rey Gonzalez after he limited Tacoma to one run on six hits over five innings, while walking three and fanning five. Tacoma right-hander Yusmeiro Petit was stuck with the loss after allowing four runs on six hits in a 2.2-inning start.
The Rainiers close out their series with the 51s at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow when they send left-hander Ryan Feierabend to the hill to face Las Vegas left-hander Marc Rzepczynski.
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