TACOMA, Wash. - The Tacoma Rainiers (46-44) dropped game one against the Fresno Grizzlies (50-41) on Friday night at Cheney Stadium, losing 5-1.
The Rainiers were led by right-hander Cody Martin, who pitched three perfect innings of relief and struck out seven of the nine batters he faced.
First baseman Daniel Vogelbach (2x4, RBI), left fielder Tyler O'Neill (1x4, R), and center fielder Leonys Martin (2x4), also excelled, with the latter two extending their hitting streaks to seven games each.
Tacoma scored the first run of the game when Vogelbach laced a double to right field, driving in O'Neill in the bottom of the third inning.
Fresno came alive in the top of the fifth inning, scoring four runs, including a solo home run from Teoscar Hernandez and a two-RBI triple from Jon Kemmer.
Hernandez tacked on another for the Grizzlies in the top of the sixth inning, hitting a solo shot over the left field fence, increasing the Fresno lead to the final margin of 5-1.
The Rainiers face off against the Grizzlies again in game two of a four-game series Friday night at 7:05 p.m. PT. Tacoma right-hander Casey Lawrence (2-1, 3.86) and Fresno right-hander David Martinez (5-7, 4.53) will pitch.
All tickets, group outings and suites packages for the 2017 season are available for purchase in person at the Cheney Stadium Box Office, online at www.tacomarainiers.com, or over the phone at (253) 752-7707. The most up-to-date news and notes about the Rainiers throughout the season can be found by following the Rainiers on Twitter (@RainiersLand) or liking the team on Facebook.
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.