Rainiers Offense Stays Red Hot In 9-3 Victory Over Sky Sox

Tacoma tallies double-digit hits for the second-straight game in win over Colorado Springs

Rainiers outfielder Ben Gamel (Jeff Halstead)

By Max Madden / Tacoma Rainiers | August 5, 2018 1:45 AM

TACOMA, Wash. - Ben Gamel ignited another terrific offensive performance as the Tacoma Rainiers (55-56) defeated the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (58-51) 9-3 Saturday night at Cheney Stadium.

Gamel paced the Tacoma offense by going four-for-five with three runs, a double and two RBI. Second baseman Gordon Beckham (3x4, 2B, 2 RBI), designated hitter Daniel Vogelbach (1x3, 2 RBI, BB) and center fielder Andrew Aplin (2x4, 2 R, BB) also had productive nights at the plate for the Rainiers. Third baseman Seth Mejias-Brean (2x4, 2 R, 2B, RBI) tallied a pair of base-knocks to extend his hitting streak to a team-leading 14 games.

Right-handed starter Casey Lawrence (7-3) continued his impressive 2018 form by allowing just one run across five innings and striking out six Sky Sox batters. Lawrence threw 50 of his 70 total pitches for strikes and lowered his ERA to 2.75 during his fifth quality start of the season.

Right-handers Nick Rumbelow (1.2), Justin Grimm (0.2) and Ryan Cook (1.0) allowed one hit and struck out three batters across 3.1 innings of relief Saturday night. Lefty Marc Rzepczynski (0.2) allowed one run on one hit.

The Rainiers and Sky Sox return to action Sunday afternoon at 1:35 p.m. for game two of the current four-game series. Right-hander Erasmo Ramirez (0-1, 1.23) will get the start for Tacoma and righty Aaron Brooks (7-3, 3.86) will be on the hill for Colorado Springs.

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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