The scoreboard was active early in Sunday’s game between the Tacoma Rainiers and the Fresno Grizzlies.
Brad Miller’s two-run homer to right-center in the first inning helped give the Rainiers enough momentum to beat the Grizzlies, 5-4, at Cheney Stadium.
Miller, who also had an RBI in the eighth, has hit safely in 19 consecutive games — the longest hitting streak by a Tacoma player this season.
“He has just been phenomenal,” Rainiers manager John Stearns said. “He’s hitting the ball so well, and he’s taking good swings at the ball. He’s not chasing the ball out of the zone. He is consistently making good contact with the ball.”
It didn’t take long for the Grizzlies to answer with a home run of their own. Gary Brown blasted a two-run shot to left in the third.
Later in the inning, Brett Pill hit an RBI single to put Fresno ahead, 3-2.
After both teams scored in the sixth, Tacoma took the lead in the eighth after a sacrifice fly by Miller and an RBI single by Dustin Ackley.
Rainiers starting pitcher Erasmo Ramirez left in the sixth after striking out 10 and giving up five hits.
“My change-up was working today, so I used that pitch a lot,” Ramirez said. “I just threw the ball as hard as I could and tried to mix up my pitches.”
Jonathan Arias recorded his third win of the season, pitching 1 innings of scoreless relief.
Brian Moran finished off the Grizzlies with two strikeouts in the ninth for his fourth save of the season.
“This was a big win for us, and hopefully we can come back off of this to get back some of those three (games) that we lost in a row,” Stearns said.
Tacoma right-hander Brandon Maurer (1-1, 2.41 ERA) will start Monday against Fresno right-hander Fabio Castillo (0-4, 6.55). First pitch is at 7:05 p.m., and the game will be broadcast on 850-AM.