Big Inning Costs Rainiers

We had a season first on Wednesday night: the Rainiers opponent piled up hits and runs.

Tacoma entered the game with a league-best team earned run average, but El Paso struck for nine runs and 15 hits in a 9-4 victory. Tacoma has lost two straight games.

The team ERA went from below 2.50 up to 3.03. It is now second-best in the PCL – Colorado Springs, of all teams, leads the league with a 2.86 mark.

Wednesday’s game was actually really close and tense until the bottom of the eighth, when El Paso scored five runs to turn a 4-3 lead into a 9-3 lead.

The Rainiers offense hasn’t gotten hot yet. Tacoma has scored seven runs on 15 hits over the first two games of the series – numbers that would be fine in Tacoma, but aren’t going to win many games in the high-scoring environment of El Paso.

There were some positives on Wednesday: Dan Vogelbach belted his first homer of the season, Ben Gamel reached base four times, and Tuffy Gosewish returned from the stomach flu.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: One big inning doomed the Rainiers in a 9-4 loss at El Paso on Wednesday night. After seven-and-a-half innings of a tight, one-run baseball game El Paso scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth to lock it up.

Today: Tacoma (7-6) at El Paso (7-7), 5:35 (Pacific).

Opponent Affiliation: San Diego Padres.

Season Series: Tied, 3-3.

Starting Pitchers: LHP Dillon Overton (0-0, 0.00) at RHP Dinelson Lamet (1-0, 0.00).

Overton moves into the starting rotation today – look for Ryan Weber to follow him from the bullpen. Lamet still hasn’t been traded to the Mets.

Hot Rainiers: Dan Vogelbach has reached base via hit or walk in 12 straight games, and he has hit safely in five straight… Ben Gamel has reached in 11 straight games; yesterday he was on base four times (three walks and a single).

Look Out For: Cory Spangenberg has a six-game hitting streak, going 10-for-23 during it… Jamie Romak, Jose Pirela, and Diego Goris have four-game hitting streaks.

Ex-Rainiers and Locals: Former Rainiers reliever Logan Bawcom is now a Chihuahua. He signed with the Padres as a free agent during the offseason… ex-Rainiers outfielder Jabari Blash was optioned to El Paso on Saturday; let’s try to keep him in the ballpark… El Paso pitching coach Bronswell Patrick pitched for the Tacoma Tigers for two years, 1993-1994.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 5:20 on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.

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