TACOMA - The Tacoma Rainiers (55-57) fell to the Memphis Redbirds (73-38) by a final score of 5-4 Friday night at Cheney Stadium.
Tacoma starter Sam Gaviglio (3-5) allowed four runs on nine hits across five innings, adding five strikeouts and just one walk.
Harrison Bader gave the Redbirds a 1-0 lead during the top half of the first by lifting a sacrifice fly to center field.
A line-drive RBI single from Vogelbach in the bottom half scored Powell and Motter, moving the score to 2-1 in favor of Tacoma.
Former Rainiers outfielder Tyler O’Neill tied the game during the top of the third with his 23rd home run of the season, knotting the score at 2-2.
A pair of home runs from Powell and Motter during the bottom of the third regained and extended the Rainiers lead to 4-2.
Memphis regained the lead with a rally of its own during the fourth inning. A single from Breyvic Valera and a doubled from Alex Mejia cut the Tacoma lead to 4-3. An RBI single from Nick Martini then tied the game at 4-4. O’Neill grabbed his second RBI of the night when he grounded into a force out, scoring Mejia and reclaiming the Memphis lead, 5-4.
The Tacoma bullpen was nearly untouchable, as right handers Cody Martin (0-0), Shae Simmons (0-0), Ryne Harper (3-2) and Thyago Vieira (0-0) combined to toss four consecutive scoreless innings in the loss, allowing just one hit and striking out four.
The Rainiers and Redbirds return to action Saturday night for game three of the four-game series. Lefty Marco Gonzales (2-0, 4.50) will get the start for Tacoma and right-hander Dakota Hudson (0-0, 5.14) will be on the mound for Memphis. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
Arkansas (AA) 3, Tulsa 2 (10)
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Arkansas Travelers took a thrilling 10 inning victory over the Tulsa Drillers, 3-2 on Friday night in front of 7,668 at Dickey-Stephens Park.
Chuck Taylor provided the walk-off heroics with a bouncing base hit in the 10th. The Travs were able to regroup after Tulsa’s Peter O’Brien tied the score with a two-run homer with the Travs one out away from a shutout win. Arkansas’ win brought an end to Tulsa’s eight game win streak.
Marcus Littlewood slugged a solo homer in the second inning. It was his seventh of the season and his second long ball in as many nights.
After former Trav Blake Gailen hit an infield single with two out in the ninth, O’Brien’s homer tied the score.
Joey Wong drew a leadoff walk in the 10th and moved to second on Braden Bishop’s bunt. Taylor chopped the 0-1 pitch from Brian Moran over the head of the first baseman for the winning hit.
Lake Elsinore 4, Modesto (High-A) 1
LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. – In one inning, the Lake Elsinore Storm did enough damage to send the Modesto Nuts to a 4-1 loss on Friday night at The Diamond.
Overall Spencer Herrmann (L, 3-5) threw well but the Storm (53-59; 18-24) got to him for three runs in the third inning on five hits. Rod Boykin smacked a RBI double. He later launched a solo home run. With two outs, Carlos Belen and Kyle Overstreet added back-to-back RBI singles.
That was all Herrmann allowed in six innings of work with nine strikeouts and no walks.
Emmanuel Ramirez (W, 1-0) tossed five innings in his California League debut. Luis Liberatoscored the only Nuts’ (59-52; 20-22) run after he started the fourth with a triple. Gianfranco Wawoe drove him in with a single in the fourth.
The Nuts stranded ten in the ballgame and went just 1 for 9 with RISP.
Gerardo Reyes (S, 4/7) worked around two baserunners in the ninth while striking out the side to send the Nuts to their second straight loss.
The Nuts continue a four-game series with game three against the Storm on Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m
Clinton (Low-A) 8, Wisconsin 7 (11)
APPLETON, Wisc. – The Clinton LumberKings held four different leads, the last dropping the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 8-7 in 11 innings on Friday night at Neuroscience Group Field.
At one point, Clinton (17-24, 48-60) held a five-run lead but failed to hold on, taking the series deciding game in 11 innings.
The scoring started for the LumbeKings in the first inning when Jhombeyker Morales doubled with one out off Wisconsin (18-23, 44-65) starter Victor Diaz. A Joe Rizzo ground out and Diaz wild pitch scored Morales for the first run of the game.
Clinton added to their lead with a Yojhan Quevedo solo home run in the third, his fifth of the season, and another run in the fourth when Morales doubled home Johnny Slater. Morales paced the LumberKings offense with a 3-for-5 night at the plate in which he drove in three runs, scored two runs and collected two doubles.
Seth Elledge was charged with his second blown save of the road trip when he allowed an unearned run to score in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Elledge (2-0) settled down to strand the bases loaded in the ninth and work a perfect bottom of the 10th to earn his second win of the season.
The LumberKings head home to open a four-game series with the Peoria Chiefs on Saturday night. Left-handed pitcher Danny Garcia (6-9, 5.94) will take the ball for Clinton and face Peoria left-handed pitcher Evan Kruczynski (1-2, 5.03). Game time is slated for 6:30 PM
Salem-Keizer 8, Everett (Short-A) 6
KEIZER, Ore. – Orlando Garcia went 3 for 3 with two RBIs and the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (20-27) used a two-run eighth inning rally to beat the Everett AquaSox (20-27) 8-6 on Friday.
Everett committed six errors in the game.
The AquaSox’ Chris Torres went 2 for 5 with his first home run of the season and Greifer Andrade added his third homer of the year in a three-run eighth that tied the game at 6-6 before S-K’s rally.
Starter Anjul Hernandez allowed three runs on five hits and three walks with three strikeouts.
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