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Luis Torrens Pokes Two-Run Home Run for Only Rainiers Runs in Defeat to Salt Lake

Luis Torrens (Jeff Halstead)
June 5, 2021

TACOMA, WA – Salt Lake hit three 1st inning home runs on Friday, and the Tacoma offense was limited to a 2-run 1st inning blast from first baseman Luis Torrens, as the Bees defeated the Rainiers for the second-straight night, 8-2. Torrens’ opposite field shot was his fifth with Tacoma,

TACOMA, WA – Salt Lake hit three 1st inning home runs on Friday, and the Tacoma offense was limited to a 2-run 1st inning blast from first baseman Luis Torrens, as the Bees defeated the Rainiers for the second-straight night, 8-2. Torrens’ opposite field shot was his fifth with Tacoma, and seven of his 11 knocks at Triple-A have been extra-base hits.

The Bees (11-15) hit their opening inning round-trippers against Tacoma (13-13) starter Darren McCaughan (1-2). Down 4-0 in the home half of the inning, Torrens cleared the right-center field wall to score designated hitter Shed Long Jr. and cut the lead in half, 4-2.

Tacoma has homered in 13 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the Triple-A West and the club’s longest since May 11-25, 2012 (14 games).

Catcher Cal Raleigh extended his own streak with a leadoff double in the 3rd inning. The Seattle Mariners No. 8 prospect (_MLB Pipeline_) has hit safely in 16 straight games, the longest active streak in the Triple-A West. The two-bagger was his league-best 12th of the season.

McCaughan allowed a home run in the 4th inning and pitched 5 total frames, allowing 5 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks.

Right-hander Zack Weiss came on in the 6th inning and allowed the two Salt Lake runs on center fielder Jo Adell’s second home run of the game, and league-leading 14th blast.

Righties Taylor Guerrieri and Yohan Ramirez each pitched a scoreless inning, combining for 3 strikeouts over the 7th and 8th innings.

Brian Schlitter pitched the 9th inning for Tacoma, and the right-hander surrendered one run but rolled a 6-4-3 double play to get out of the inning.

The Rainiers and Bees will continue their six-game series on Saturday at Cheney Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. PT as Tacoma right-hander Bernie Martinez (0-0) will match up against Salt Lake righty Jake Buchanan (1-1).

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 the Triple-A West. Tacoma has been a Mariners affiliate since establishing the Rainiers moniker in 1995.

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