TACOMA, Wash. - The Tacoma Rainiers (62-65) dropped game one to the El Paso Chihuahuas (63-64) on Saturday night at Cheney Stadium.
Rainiers pitchers combined to issue 13 strikeouts while holding the Chihuahuas to just two runs on five hits. Tacoma starting pitcher Max Povse sat down the first 12 batters he faced, and ultimately worked 4.2 innings of one-run ball while taking the loss.
Cody Martin (3.0 IP) and Jonathan Aro (0.1 IP) combined to hold El Paso scoreless on just four hits while striking out four.
El Paso mounted a rally in the top of the fifth to score their first run of the night. Christian Villanueva drew a walk to open the frame stole second, moved to third on a single off the bat of Diego Goris, and came in to score on an RBI single to left from Jose Rondon. The base knock gave the Chihuahuas a lead that they would not relinquish.
The Chihuahuas added to their advantage with a solo home run from Villanueva in the top of the ninth inning, creating the final margin of 2-0.
Gordon Beckham continued his recent streak of hot hitting with a 2-for-4 performance, providing the Rainiers only multi-hit outing. Catcher Tuffy Gosewisch (1x4), left fielder Ian Miller (1x3), and first baseman Mike Marjama (1x4) all chipped in with singles.
Rainier right-hander Andrew Moore (3-3, 3.74) and Chihuahuas righty Chris Huffman (1-1, 5.87) face off as the series continues on Sunday afternoon at 1:35 p.m. PT.
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