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Tacoma returned to the field with a 3-2 win over Omaha on Tuesday night. The game was won in the tenth inning, on a walk-off wild pitch.
With each team getting an automatic runner placed at second base to start the tenth inning, minor league extra-innings strategies were on display.
Omaha did not play for one run in the top of the tenth, swinging away against Rainiers reliever Matt Carasiti. Carasiti did a terrific job of escaping the automatic jam, ultimately stranding runners at first and third. That meant the Rainiers needed only one run to win it in the bottom of the tenth.
With Kelby Tomlinson placed at second base as the automatic runner, Daren Brown had John Andreoli swing away… and he ultimately walked, which plays to Omaha’s advantage setting up a force out at three bases and a double play possibility.
Brown had new addition Daniel…
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It’s time for some more inter-conference play, as the Rainiers open a seven-game homestand tonight facing two American Conference opponents, followed by a road trip to face two more cross-conference foes.
Tonight the Omaha Storm Chasers arrive to begin a three-game series. The Kansas City Royals affiliate has the exact same record as the Rainiers, and is kind of a similar team: they don’t hit many homers despite this being the Year of the Home Run, and they make up for it by stealing a lot of bases.
After the Omaha series, the Iowa Cubs arrive for four games at Cheney Stadium which will take us through the weekend and into Monday’s homestand-ending day game.
Tacoma has just 18 home games left: this seven-game homestand, and an 11-gamer that begins in mid-August.
New York Yankees legend Bernie Williams will be at Cheney Stadium today. Despite the pleas of manager
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Deacon Liput hit a three-run homer in the third inning to help vault the Quakes to a 5-2 win over the Ports to close out Stockton’s six-game road trip.
The Ports opened the scoring in the first inning as Jameson Hannah doubled to open the game and scored on a two-out RBI single by Jonah Bride to give Stockton a 1-0 lead.
Rancho Cucamonga would take the lead for good in the third. After Ports starter Brady Feigl (5-7) set down the first eight batters he faced, he issued a two-out walk to Brandon Montgomery in the third followed by an infield single by Donovan Casey. Liput came up next and delivered the biggest blow of the afternoon, a three-run homer to right-center that gave the Quakes a 3-1 lead.
Feigl would suffer the loss, going four innings and allowing three runs on three hits while walking one and striking out two.
Quakes starter John Rooney (2-1) would work through the sixth inning and in the sixth, gave up a two-out RBI single to Trace Loehr that drew the Ports to within a run at 3-2. Rooney would go on to earn the win, going six innings and allowing two runs on nine hits while striking out a career-high eight.
After two scoreless innings worked by Jake Bray, Eric Marinez took over in the seventh and, with one out, gave up a walk to Montgomery followed by an RBI triple to Casey that stretched the Quakes lead to 4-2. Liput came up next and delivered a bunt-single to score a second run in the frame and make it a 5-2 contest.
Marinez allowed two runs on four hits over his two innings of work.
Connor Strain, Guillermo Zuniga and Melvin Jimenez (SV, 1) each worked a scoreless inning to close out the game for Rancho Cucamonga with Jimenez earning his first save of the season.
Following a day off on Monday, the Ports return home to Banner Island Ballpark to welcome the Modesto Nuts for a three-game series that kicks off a six-game homestand. The starting pitchers for the opener of the series have yet to be announced. First pitch on Tuesday is set for 7:10 p.m. PDT.
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