ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A strong start from Casey Lawrence was not enough to propel the Tacoma Rainiers (47-50) to victory, as they ultimately fell on the road to the Albuquerque Isotopes (50-47) by a final score of 3-1 on Wednesday night at Isotopes Park.
Lawrence turned in 7.2 innings of four-hit, three-run ball while striking out six and issuing no walks. He took the loss, his third of the season.
First baseman Daniel Vogelbach finished the game 3-for-4 with three singles, checking in with the only multiple hit performance for Tacoma.
Tacoma and Albuquerque close out their five-game series with a day game on Thursday at 11:05 a.m. PT. Right-hander Tyler Cloyd (1-1, 1.93) takes the mound for the Rainiers, opposite Isotopes righty Zach Jemiola (3-2, 6.21).
TULSA, Okla. – The Arkansas Travelers came up clutch in a 3-2 win over the Tulsa Drillers night to take the series from the Drillers three games to one.
Tied in the top of the sixth inning, Dario Pizzano opened the frame with a double. He advanced to third with two out setting up Joey Wong to be the hero and he delivered. Wong, a former Tulsa Driller, lined a single to left plating Pizzano for what turned out to be the winning run. He finished the night 2-4 with a pair of runs knocked in.
Arkansas returns home Thursday to begin a seven game homestand with the first of four against the Springfield Cardinals. Right-hander Justin DeFratus (2-5, 5.35) takes the hill for the Travs opposed by lefty Austin Gomber (4-6, 4.19) for Springfield.
The Modesto Nuts did not play on Wednesday. They return to action on Thursday against the Stockton Ports in Stockton, California. Spencer Herrmann takes the mound for the Nuts.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – For the second time in three games the Clinton LumbeKings failed to score a run, falling 3-0 to the Fort Wayne TinCaps on Wednesday night at Parkview Field. The LumberKings (10-16, 41-52) tallied just four hits in a night where they failed to string two hits together in the same inning.
Pedro Avila started for Fort Wayne (17-9, 43-53) and could not be solved by Clinton hitters. In seven shutout innings, Avila (5-1) scattered three hits, walked one and struck out 11 to earn his fifth win of the season.
The LumberKings play game two of their three-game series with the Fort Wayne TinCaps on Thursday night. Right-handed pitcher Ljay Newsome (4-8, 5.07) will take the ball for Clinton and face Fort Wayne’s right-handed pitcher Jim McDade (2-1, 3.23).
EUGENE – The Eugene Emeralds jumped out early and didn’t look back in a 10-4 win over the Everett AquaSox on Wednesday night at PK Park.
Austin Grebeck, Joe Rosa, Ronald Rosario and Aaron Stroosma all had two hits for the AquaSox. Grebeck had a home run and a double.
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