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Dugger dominates while Witte wills Tacoma to series-opening win

Godoy adds a two-run double as Rainiers begin final home series this season
September 30, 2021

Tacoma, WA (9/29/21) – The Triple-A West Champion Tacoma Rainiers (76-50) improved to 3-3 during the “Final Stretch” on Wednesday, opening their final homestand of 2021 with a 4-0 win over the Salt Lake Bees (53-72, 4-2). It was Tacoma’s sixth win by shutout this season. Rainiers catcher Jose Godoy

Tacoma, WA (9/29/21) – The Triple-A West Champion Tacoma Rainiers (76-50) improved to 3-3 during the “Final Stretch” on Wednesday, opening their final homestand of 2021 with a 4-0 win over the Salt Lake Bees (53-72, 4-2). It was Tacoma’s sixth win by shutout this season.

Rainiers catcher Jose Godoy broke open a scoreless game in the fourth inning, gapping a two-run double which plated Jose Marmolejos (walk) and Brian O’Keefe (single). It was 3-0 in the fifth when Donovan Walton ripped a two-out double, and scored easily on a Jantzen Witte RBI single a batter later.

Tacoma starter Robert Dugger pitched six innings without allowing a run for the second time in as many starts (9/23 at Round Rock). The right-hander allowed only three hits, did not walk a batter, and struck out six. Salt Lake’s Cooper Criswell logged a quality start in defeat, scattering five hits, a walk and three earned runs over six innings (1 BB).

In the eighth, Witte launched his 19th home run of the season, extending a career-high, on a line drive to left field. A Rainiers righty bullpen trio of Andres Munoz, Justin Grimm and Jimmy Yacabonis each pitched an inning in relief of Dugger, and each struck out two without allowing a hit to end it.

The Rainiers will return to Triple-A Final Stretch action on Thursday with Game #7 of 10, continuing a five-game series against the Bees to conclude the 2021 schedule. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. PT. LHP Thomas Pannone (Salt Lake) and RHP Ryan Weber (Tacoma) are the probable starters.

Rainiers broadcaster Mike Curto will have full coverage on TacomaRainiers.com. All 2021 Rainiers games, home and away, can also be heard for free on the MiLB First Pitch app. HD video broadcasts of every home game can be viewed with an MiLB.TV subscription. (Use code: RAINIERS to save $10 on an annual subscription.

About the Tacoma Rainiers

The Tacoma Rainiers are the Triple-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. The Rainiers are a member of Triple-A West. Tacoma has been a Mariners affiliate since establishing the Rainiers moniker in 1995.

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