TACOMA, Wash. - Another terrific start from Williams Pérez and four clutch hits with runners in scoring position lifted the Tacoma Rainiers (43-40) to a 7-2 victory over the Reno Aces (38-45) Sunday afternoon at Cheney Stadium.Perez (1-0) made his second start for Tacoma since being called up on June
TACOMA, Wash. - Another terrific start from Williams Pérez and four clutch hits with runners in scoring position lifted the Tacoma Rainiers (43-40) to a 7-2 victory over the Reno Aces (38-45) Sunday afternoon at Cheney Stadium.
Perez (1-0) made his second start for Tacoma since being called up on June 26 and allowed just one run across five solid innings of work. Perez struck out six Reno batters, walked none, and threw 64 of his 91 pitches for strikes.
Tacoma shortstop Zach Vincej paced the Rainiers offense Sunday by going 1-for-3 with a home run, one run scored and three RBI. Second baseman Adam Law (2x4, 2 R, 2B), right fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis (1x2, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB) and left fielder Ian Miller (1x4, 2B, 2 RBI) also had great days at the plate for Tacoma.
Rainiers relievers Mike Morin (1.1) and Daniel Schlereth (0.2) - who was making his Tacoma debut - combined to allow just one hit across two scoreless innings. 2018 Triple-A All-Star Shawn Armstrong (1.0) entered the game with the bases loaded in the eighth and struck out three Reno batters in a row.
Righty Tyler Higgins (1.0) has still yet to allow a run to score across 11.0 innings of relief in 2018 after tossing a scoreless ninth Sunday. He has stuck out 14 batters while walking just three during that stretch and is yet to give up a home run.
Tacoma and Reno return to action Monday night at 7:05 p.m. for game four of the current four-game series. Right-hander Casey Lawrence (6-3, 2.73) will get the start for the Rainiers and righty Neftalí Feliz (1-3, 6.82) will be on the hill for the Aces.
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