Tacoma (AAA) 9, Las Vegas 0
TACOMA, Wash. – The Tacoma Rainiers (34-26) rode an impressive offensive performance from left fielder Andrew Aplin and a sensational start from right hander Andrew Moore (3-0) to defeat the Las Vegas 51s (24-38), 9-0, Friday night at Cheney Stadium.
Moore spun 5 1/3 scoreless innings Friday night, allowing just five hits and zero walks while tallying eight strikeouts during his seventh start of the season. He was credited with his third victory of the year.
Aplin (1 for 4, 3 RBI), third baseman D.J. Peterson (2 for 3, 2 RBI) and catcher Tuffy Gosewisch (2 for 4, 2 RBI) led the way for the Tacoma offense, as the Rainiers scored five runs for the first time this homestand.
Peterson launched his seventh home run of the season – a solo shot in the second – to give the Rainiers and early 1-0 lead. Aplin then lined his fifth double of the season, scoring designated-hitter Tyler O’Neill from second and extending the Tacoma lead to 2-0.
Tacoma right fielder Mitch Haniger, on rehab assignment from the Mariners, crushed a solo home run of his own to lead off the bottom of the fourth, increasing the Tacoma lead to 8-0.
The Rainiers and 51s return to action Saturday night – first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Left-hander Dillon Overton (1-1, 9.68) will take the mound for Tacoma and Lefty Sean Gilmartin (1-2, 7.31) will get the start for Las Vegas.
Arkansas (AA) 5, Tulsa 3
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Nelson Ward hit a two-run single in the second inning, leading the Arkansas Travelers (27-32) to a 5-3 win over the Tulsa Drillers (28-31) on Friday.
Blake Perry struck Zach McKinstry out with a runner on first to end the game for his second save of the season.
The single by Ward scored Kyle Petty and Keury De La Cruz to give the Travelers a 2-1 lead.
The Travelers later tacked on three runs in the fifth when Tyler Marlette hit an RBI single and then scored on a two-run single by De La Cruz to secure the victory.
Tulsa saw its comeback attempt come up short after Jose Miguel Fernandez hit a two-run single in the sixth inning to cut the Arkansas lead to 5-3.
Arkansas right-hander Brett Ash (4-4) picked up a quality start and the win after allowing three runs on seven hits over seven innings. Opposing starter Isaac Anderson (0-7) took the loss in the Texas League game after allowing two runs and three hits over four innings.
Modesto (High-A) 6, Stockton 5
MODESTO, Calif. – Gianfranco Wawoe hit a walk-off single, and the Modesto Nuts (34-27) defeated the Stockton Ports (32-29) 6-5 on Friday.
Joey Curletta scored the game-winning run after he reached base on an error.
Seth Brown hit an RBI single in the third inning to help give the Ports a 3-1 lead. The Nuts came back to take a 5-3 lead in the third inning when they crossed the plate for four runs, including a two-run double by Wawoe.
Stockton tied the game 5-5 in the fifth when James Harris scored on a wild pitch.
Reliever Spencer Herrmann (3-1) picked up the win after he struck out two and walked one while allowing one hit over two scoreless innings. Andrew Tomasovich (2-2) went 1 1/3 innings, allowing one run and three hits in the California League game. He also struck out three and walked one.
Chris Mariscal doubled and singled twice, driving in a run and also scoring one in the win. Wawoe doubled and singled twice, driving home three runs.
Eli White doubled and singled twice for the Ports.
Clinton (Low-A) 6, Peoria 4
PEORIA, Ill. – Ryan Scott hit a three-run double in the third inning, leading the Clinton LumberKings (25-33) to a 6-4 win over the Peoria Chiefs (26-34) on Friday.
The double by Scott capped a four-run inning and gave the LumberKings a 4-2 lead after Anthony Jimenez hit an RBI single earlier in the inning.
The LumberKings later tacked on a run in both the fourth and eighth innings. In the fourth, Luis Liberato hit a solo home run, while Gareth Morgan hit a solo home run in the eighth.
Peoria saw its comeback attempt come up short after Jose Martinez scored on a ground out in the eighth inning to cut the Clinton lead to 6-4.
Clinton right-hander Brandon Miller (7-3) picked up a quality start and the win after allowing three runs on four hits over six innings. Opposing starter Ian Oxnevad (0-7) took the loss in the Midwest League game after allowing five runs and seven hits over five innings. Michael Koval pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings for his first save of the season.
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