Rainiers Drop Series Opener To Dodgers, 3-0

Tacoma draws ten walks but falls short in a tight pitcher's duel

Rainiers left-hander Ross Detwiler. (Jeff Halstead)

By Maxwell Madden / Tacoma Rainiers | August 2, 2018 1:42 AM

TACOMA, Wash. - Despite another strong outing from Ross Detwiler, the Tacoma Rainiers (53-55) fell to the Oklahoma City Dodgers (59-47) by a final score of 3-0 Wednesday night at Cheney Stadium.

The left-handed Detwiler (2-5) allowed just two runs and six hits across six innings while striking out a pair of Oklahoma City batters. The performance was his sixth quality start of the season and moved him into sole possession of second-most on the Rainiers behind right-handers Christian Bergman (7) and Rob Whalen (7).

Both right fielder John Andreoli and catcher David Freitas reached base three times Wednesday night and drew a combined six walks. Third baseman Seth Mejias-Brean (1x4), designated hitter Daniel Vogelbach (1x4) and second baseman Adam Law (1x3) tallied Tacoma's only hits of the contest. Mejias-Brean's second-inning single extended his hitting streak to a team-leading 11 games.

Right-handers Tyler Higgins (1.0), Ryan Cook (1.0) and Shawn Armstrong (1.0) allowed one run across three innings of relief against the Dodgers. The trio of relievers has combined for a 1.80 ERA in 2018 and 64 strikeouts since June 1.

The Rainiers and Dodgers return to action Thursday night for game two of the current three-game series. Right-hander Rob Whalen (7-4, 4.45) will get the start for Tacoma and righty Zach Neal (2-2, 3.52) will be on the hill for Oklahoma City.

All tickets, group outings, and suites packages for the 2018 season are available for purchase in person at the Cheney Stadium Box Office, online at 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.

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