Tacoma defeated Memphis in Game 1 of the Pacific Coast League championship series at AutoZone Park on Tuesday night, breaking the Redbirds' 10-game PCL playoff winning streak.
Game played Tuesday, September
Tacoma 5, Memphis 3
With the Rainiers playing as the
home team in the first two games of the series at Memphis' AutoZone
Park, Tacoma grabbed the lead for good in the bottom
of the fifth inning. Justin Smoak's RBI-single put the Rainiers on top and Mike Wilson's sacrifice fly extended
the lead to two runs.
Memphis starter Evan MacLane departed
after 4 1/3 innings, charged with all five runs. Three Redbirds relievers
allowed just two baserunners and no runs over the final 3 2/3 innings, but the
damage was done.
Tacoma's bullpen finished off the
victory, spinning three scoreless innings and striking out six. Blake Beavan
earned the win allowing three runs, two earned, on eight hits across six
innings. Dan Cortes worked a perfect ninth to earn the save.
Smoak paced the Tacoma offense driving in
three runs, including a two-run homer in the second inning. Greg Halman had
three hits and Wilson knocked in two runs. Mark Hamilton and
Donovan Solano each had two hits to lead Memphis with Solano driving in two runs.
Chuckie Fick, Matt Scherer, Rich Rundles: 3 2/3
IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 5 K
Mark Hamilton: 2-for-4, 2
Donovan Solano: 2-for-4, 2 RBI,
Evan MacLane: 4 1/3 IP, 8 H, 5 R/ER,
1 BB, 4 K, 2 HR, loss
Jim Rapoport: 1-for-5, 2B
Daniel Descalso: 1-for-4, 2
Allen Craig: 0-for-3, BB, 2
Joe Mather: 0-for-4, 2
Amaury Cazana, Ruben Gotay: 1-for-4,
2B, R, K
Tony Cruz: 1-for-4, R,
Game 2 at Memphis Wednesday
Brandon Dickson (11-8, 3.23) vs.
Mauricio Robles (3-1, 3.54)
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