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)