Sampson, Slam Power Rainiers

Adrian Sampson pitched a terrific game, and Daniel Robertson launched a game-breaking grand slam as Tacoma topped Fresno on Thursday night, 9-5.

The score was 4-2 going to the ninth, when Tacoma pushed a run across and loaded the bases for Robertson. Robertson pulled a deep drive down the left field line for his first grand slam since April 15, 2011 when he was in Double-A with the Padres.

Sampson allowed only two hits over eight innings, and two runs (one earned). He threw just 92 pitches and probably could have finished things off himself – a little later in the season, and they probably would have let him.

The Rainiers are 4-3 on this road trip, and have a chance to win the series against Fresno and post a winning record on this eight-game journey. One more tonight, and then the team comes home on Saturday.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Tacoma broke open a close game with five runs in the top of the ninth inning, taking a 9-2 lead before beating Fresno on Thursday night, 9-5. The Rainiers tallied 16 hits, with Mike Baxter going 4-for-5 while Chris Taylor and Mike Zunino each had three hits.

Today: Tacoma (20-14) at Fresno (14-19), 7:05.

Opponent Affiliation: Houston Astros.

Season Series: Tacoma leads, 2-1.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Donn Roach (2-2, 8.28) at RHP Joe Musgrove (-).

Musgrove is making his Triple-A debut after starting the season at Double-A Corpus Christi, where he went 2-1, 0.34. He allowed one earned run in 26.1 innings pitched.

Hot Rainiers: Daniel Robertson has homered in back-to-back games, he’s gone deep three times in his last five games, and he’s hitting .333 (14-for-42) over his last 11 games… Dario Pizzano has hit safely in six straight games, going 9-for-21… Tyler Smith is 7-for-15 over his last four games…  Chris Taylor has reached base via hit or walk in 29 of the 32 games he has played in.

Look Out For: 2015 PCL MVP Matt Duffy is warming up; he’s 8-for-19 over his last five games… third baseman Colin Moran – younger brother of former Rainiers pitcher Brian Moran – has a six-game hitting streak, and he hit a two-run homer last night.

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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