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Tacoma Rainiers vs El Paso Chihuahuas, Southwest University Park April 18, 2017

Rainiers Ride Grand Slam to Victory over Chihuahuas 11-8

Zach Shank hit Tacoma’s second grand slam in as many nights Friday, as the Rainiers beat the El Paso Chihuahuas 11-8. Shank’s grand slam put Tacoma ahead 7-4 in the fourth inning and the Rainiers never relinquished the lead, despite late runs by El Paso.

The two teams split the four-game series.

Jamie Romak went 4-for-5 with two home runs and four RBIs in the loss. Romak has eight home runs this season to lead the Pacific Coast League and has five longballs in his last five games. Cory Spangenberg went 3-for-5 with an RBI, his third consecutive multi-hit game. Collin Cowgill, Rafael Ortega and Dusty Coleman had two hits apiece for El Paso.

Seattle Mariners reliever Steve Cishek went two thirds of an inning in an injury rehab start, throwing 20 pitches in the no-decision. Jake Smith, Carter Capps and Michael Dimock all had relief appearances without surrendering any earned runs for El Paso.

It was the Chihuahuas first series split this season.

Box Score | Team Records: Tacoma (9-6), El Paso (7-9)

Next Game: Saturday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Reno RHP Braden Shipley (2-0, 5.82) vs. El Paso RHP Walker Lockett (1-1, 7.20). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Tacoma 11 El Paso 8 – Friday

WP: Ash (1-0)

LP: Rodriguez (1-1)

S: None

Time: 3:30

Attn: 8,672

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One comment

  1. I have live streaming to all El Paso Chihuahuas games, and we were at the Chihuahuas game this past Tuesday April 18. But yesterday’s could have maybe been a victory for the C-Dogs but poor judgement by manager Rod Barajas would make all the difference in the loss against Tacoma who for at least now Tacoma owns the Chihuahuas. During the bottom of the first inning the Rainier pitcher was pulled out of the game by the Tacoma manager because he saw something he didn’t like. And during the top of the fourth inning manager Rod Barajas should had done the same and pull pitcher Rodrigues out of the game as well for allowing way too many hits by the Rainiers. Infact Tacoma loaded the bases and then a grand slam would followed, the rest was in the win column for Tacoma. Tacoma came to El Paso to win, but not to worry, it’s early in the season but never too late to make better judgement next time around.

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