TACOMA, Wash. – The Tacoma Rainiers employed a big inning on the way to bouncing the Colorado Spring Sky Sox 10-4 at Cheney Stadium on Tuesday night.
The Rainiers trailed 1-0 before rifling off seven runs on six hits with two outs in the bottom of the third inning. Carlos Peguero tied the score with an RBI single that plated outfielder Abraham Almonte. In Tacoma’s next at-bat, first baseman Rich Poythress drove in the go-ahead runs with a two-run double.
Nate Tenbrink, Jason Jaramillo and Scott Savastano combined to stretch the Rainiers lead to 6-1 after each hit RBI singles. Jaramillo scored the final run of the frame on a wild pitch thrown by Sky Sox pitcher Michael Solbach.
Tacoma tacked on two more runs in the fifth. The catcher Jaramillo lined a single that cleared the way for Tenbrink to score, and the designated hitter Savastano added another run with a sacrifice fly that drove in second baseman Ty Kelly.
The third baseman Tenbrink rounded out the Rainiers run total after notching a two-out RBI double in the eighth inning. He ended night going 4-for-5 with two runs scored and a pair of RBI.
As a team, the Rainiers combined to collect 15 hits in the contest. The first baseman Poythress tallied three hits, and Almonte and Jaramillo each contributed two-hit efforts.
Reliever Jonathan Arias (4-1) held Colorado Springs to two runs on five hits over 3.2 innings of work out of the bullpen beginning in the fourth. Hector Noesi limited the Sky Sox to one run on two hits over 3.0 innings in a spot start for the Rainiers after scheduled starter Danny Hultzen was a scratched during warm-ups.
At 50-36, Tacoma owns the best record in the Pacific Coast League and holds a 4.0-game lead over Colorado Springs and Salt Lake for first place in the Pacific Northern Division.
The Rainiers host the final game of a three-game series with Colorado Springs (45-39) at 7 p.m. tomorrow, July 3. Left-hander James Paxton (4-6, 5.24) is slated to start for Tacoma against Sky Sox right-hander Aaron Cook (0-3, 7.40).
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