FRESNO, Calif. - Ten unanswered runs across the sixth and seventh innings sunk the Tacoma Rainiers (3-4) in a 13-9 loss to the Fresno Grizzlies (4-3) on Wednesday night at Chukchansi Park.
Tacoma starting pitcher Ariel Miranda, who was recently transferred from Advanced-A Modesto, worked 4.0 innings and allowed three runs on five hits. Over 84 pitches (49 strikes), he issued two walks and struck out two.
The Rainiers emerged from a back-and-forth first two innings with a slim 4-3 lead before building on their advantage in the middle innings. Tacoma scored twice in the fifth and three more times in the top of the sixth to create a 9-3 margin.
However, Fresno would go on to score 10 runs over five-run frames in the bottom of the sixth and seventh, propelling the hosts out to a 13-9 lead. The Grizzlies swatted eight base hits and took advantage of three Rainiers errors over those two frames to move out in front. Of the 10 unanswered runs scored by Fresno, only two were earned.
Leading the Tacoma offense was left fielder Cameron Perkins, who finished the game going 2-for-5 with one run, one double, one home run, and four RBI. Center fielder Ian Miller (2x4, 2 R, RBI), shortstop Gordon Beckham (3x5, R, 2B), and designated hitter Chris Herrmann (2x4, R, 2B, BB) also checked in with multiple hits on the night.
Relievers Dario Alvarez (0.2 IP) and Tyler Jackson (1.0 IP) closed out the game for Tacoma and allowed just two hits while striking out one. Josh Smith (0-2) took the loss after replacing Miranda on the mound.
Game three is set for tomorrow, Thursday, April 12 with a first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. PT. Right-hander Erasmo Ramirez (0-0, -.--) takes the mound for Tacoma opposite Fresno righty Cy Sneed (0-0, 9.82).
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