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River Cats lose second game against Rainiers

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The River Cats lost to the Tacoma Rainiers 2-1 in final inning of Wednesday’s 10-inning game.

This was the second game in the River Cats four-game series against the Rainiers. The River Cats won the previous game Tuesday 5-1.

The sun shone off and on through the partially cloudy sky, and the 68-degree temperature made the stadium a comfortable place to sit and watch the game. Fans were smiling and cheering the entire time.

The first inning appeared promising for the River Cats after Rainier shortstop Carlos Triunfel’s interference at bat caused the first out of the game. The interference also sent center fielder Trayvon Robinson back to first after his attempt to steal second and third. Robinson was then caught stealing second before designated hitter Mike Carp struck out to end the top of the first inning.

Although the River Cats didn’t score in the first inning, right fielder Michael Taylor’s home run in the second inning gave the River Cats an early lead at 1-0.

The third inning began a series of fly outs and strikeouts, most notably in the fourth inning when Rainier pitcher Forrest Snow struck out three River Cats players – shortstop Adam Rosales, third baseman Stephen Parker and catcher Petey Paramore – in row.

There wasn’t much action until the seventh inning when Rainiers left fielder Johan Limonta singled through the hole at second base, and Right Fielder Chih-Hsien Chiang advanced to third.

Limonta stole second while catcher Brandon Bantz was at bat. With Bantz still at bat, a wild pitch by River Cats pitcher Brad Peacock allowed Chiang to score, making the score 1-1.

At the bottom of the seventh inning, a fielding error by Triunfel allowed Parker to advance to second for the River Cats.

The ninth inning ended in a 1-1 tie after River Cats catcher Brandon Hicks singled by hitting through the hole at second base but wasn’t able to score as the next two batters struck out to end the inning.

In the 10th inning, Rainiers second baseman Luis Rodriguez doubled by hitting to right-center field. A sacrifice bunt by Bantz advanced Rodriguez to third. Rodriguez scored the win when Robinson made a sacrifice fly.

The River Cats have two more chances to beat the Rainiers.

The River Cats will face the Rainiers on Thursday at 7:05 p.m.


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