Andreoli Racks up Four Hits, Brugman Knocks in Game-Winner for Rainiers

Grotz and Festa pitch four scoreless in relief to secure series opener in Vegas

John Andreoli (Jeff Halstead)

By Tacoma Rainiers / Tacoma Rainiers | August 31, 2019 1:34 AM

Summerlin, NV -- John Andreoli had himself a day on Friday, notching four hits, and Jaycob Brugman ripped a two-run single to put the Tacoma Rainiers ahead for good on Friday night in a 4-2 victory against the Las Vegas Aviators.

The Rainiers got on the board first, beginning in the first on Ryan Court's RBI groundout to plate Andreoli for a 1-0 advantage.

Tacoma was stymied until the eighth when Brugman drove the game-winning single to center field for a 3-2 lead by scoring Andreoli and Eric Filia. Daniel Castro was hit by a pitch later in the inning to push across an insurance run for the game's final tally.
 

Righty Darren McCaughan gave up two runs on nine hits in five innings of work. The 23-year-old struck out four and settled for a no-decision in his last scheduled start of the campaign.

Andreoli led the way offensively for Tacoma, going 4-for-5 with a double. His four hits improved his batting average to .300 this season. The outfielder has three or more hits in three of the last four games.

Brugman furnished a standout performance at the dish as well, going 2-for-4 with two RBI, improving his 2019 batting average to .280. Eric Filia also chipped in for Tacoma, going 2-for-5 with a double.

Zac Grotz and Matt Festa were excellent out of the bullpen as well for the Rainiers, throwing two shutout innings each while limiting Las Vegas to a combined one hit. Grotz earned his first win with the Rainiers while Festa notched his fifth save.

Overall, Tacoma plated their four runs on 10 hits, two of which went for extra bases. The Rainiers also drew two free passes from Las Vegas pitchers. Tacoma did significant damage on the basepaths, stealing three bags on the day, with two coming from Andreoli.

The Rainiers and Aviators continue their four-game set on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. PDT when lefty Anthony Misiewicz takes the hill. Mike Curt will have full coverage on South Sound Talk 850.

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