In what seemed to be a shoe in victory for the Rainiers, 3,022 fans at Security Service Field saw the Sky Sox rally late but fall short losing by a score of 6-5.
Tacoma jumped out to the early lead in the first inning when left fielder Michael Saunders blasted a two-run shot over the right field wall off Sky Sox starter Jason Hirsh (3-3). Hirsh would calm down a bit in the second and third innings sitting down the Rainiers in order in both.
Tacoma found a way to strike back against Hirsh, however, scoring a run in the fourth and adding three more in the fifth by way of a three-run dinger to right by designated hitter Jeff Clement making the score 6-1 Rainiers. That would close the book on Hirsh who gave up six runs on six hits allowing two home runs.
The Sky Sox scored a run in the third and in the sixth off Tacoma starter Chris Seddon (3-3), who threw six strong innings allowing two runs, both unearned, on four hits with five strikeouts. Seddon was relieved by right hander Eric Hull, who the Sox teed off on. Hull gave up a run in the seventh when Christian Colonel connected on an RBI double to left field, Hull also gave up two more runs in the eighth when Kenny Perez slapped an RBI double to center and Christian Colonel belted an RBI single to left bringing the score to 6-5 Rainiers.
The Sox would make it interesting in the ninth as Eric Young Jr. was on second base waiting for someone to knock him in with only one out. Unfortunately, for the Sox, Young Jr. would stay stranded there as Tacoma closer Randy Messenger got Mike McCoy to pop out and Matt Miller to ground out giving him his ninth save of the season.
Tomorrow’s game will have a 1:05 PM start and will feature left-hander Franklin Morales (0-0, 0.00), who will be making a major league rehab appearance for the Sox, versus righty Andy Baldwin (3-2, 4.26) of the Rainiers.