Defense Costs Rainiers In 14-6 Loss

The Rainiers struggles took a new turn on Friday night in Las Vegas, with errors costing Tacoma a game.

Rainiers infielders made four errors in the first two innings, leading to 11 Las Vegas runs, and an eventual 14-6 Rainiers loss.

Starting pitcher Joe Wieland should have escaped the first inning without allowing any runs, but misplays by Ed Lucas and Chris Taylor led to four unearned runs.

Playing second base, Taylor made two more miscues during Las Vegas’s seven-run second inning. It was a very out-of-character night for Taylor, who committed three errors in a game for the first time in his professional career.

Tacoma has now lost seven of the last eight games – yet still sits in first place in the Northern Division standings.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Defensive problems hurt the Rainiers early in a 14-6 loss in Las Vegas. Mike Baxter had a big game at the plate, going 4-for-5, and Stefen Romero hit a two-run homer.

Today: Tacoma (11-10) at Las Vegas (10-10), 7:05.

Opponent Affiliation: New York Mets.

Season Series: Las Vegas leads, 2-0.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Cody Martin (3-1, 7.58) at RHP Seth Lugo (1-2, 10.66).

Hot Rainiers: Stefen Romero has a 13-game hitting streak… Mike Baxter had four hits; he’s 5-for-7 in the Las Vegas series.

Look Out For: Matt Reynolds has the longest hitting streak for Las Vegas at nine games… Marc Krauss, Gavin Cecchini, and Brandon Nimmo have been tough outs for Tacoma the last two days.

Ex-Rainiers Alert: Former Rainiers infielder Ty Kelly is playing a lot of outfield for Las Vegas, and he’s been getting on base all of the time, as usual.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 6:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.

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We had overnight rain in Las Vegas and today’s forecast is somewhat dreary. Hopefully we can get this one in.

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