The Tacoma Rainiers unleashed an offensive onslaught and crushed their way to a 19-5 win over the Las Vegas 51s in front of 2,232 fans at Cashman Field on Monday night.
Each member of the Rainiers lineup collected at least one hit, with all but one driving in a run, as Tacoma won their season-high fifth consecutive game and stretched their series to lead 3-0 heading into the club’s finale at Las Vegas on Tuesday.
The Rainiers wasted no time setting the tone for the evening after taking a 6-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Alex Liddi, Mike Wilson and Johan Limonta each hit RBI-singles and infielder Matt Mangini cleared the bases with a three-run triple.
After the 51s scored a run in the second, Tacoma answered back with five more runs over the third and fourth innings. Luis Jimenez started the things off with a solo home run in the third, his eighth of the season and fourth over his last three games against Las Vegas. The third baseman Liddi capped off the fourth with a three-run homer that put the Rainiers up 11-1.
That lead expanded to 18 runs after Tacoma scored eight more times on six hits in the top of the sixth inning. Second baseman Kyle Seager and Liddi rounded out the frame with a two-run double and a two-run single, respectively.
Starter Luke French (4-6) earned the win for Tacoma after holding the 51s to four runs on six hits over 6.2 innings, while walking three and striking out five batters. Las Vegas’ Rey Gonzalez (2-2) tossed just three innings in a losing effort for the 51s. The right-hander surrendered 10 runs on 11 hits with two walks and three punchouts.