Daniel Vogelbach and Mike Marjama each hit two-run home runs Wednesday as they helped propel the Rainiers to a 9-2 win over Nashville Sounds at Cheney Stadium.
Those were part of the Rainiers’ 10 hits and Rainiers manager Pat Listach was glad to see his team mentally sharp after committing three errors in Tuesday's loss -- but he was also glad to see the team's bats get going.
“We played a clean game,” Listach said. “We didn't make any errors, guys threw strikes in the better wave of the game -- but we swung the bats. We really haven't swung the bats in 10 days or so.”
It started from the get-go.
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In the bottom of the first inning, Vogelbach followed Ian Miller’s single with a two-run blast to left field -- his 15th home run this season.
Then Marjama’s turn.
After surrendering a run to the Nashville in the top of the third, the newcomer Marjama, who came to the Rainiers in a trade from the Tampa Bay Rays organization earlier this week, struck in the bottom of the fourth with a two-run shot to increase the score, 4-1.
It was his first hit since coming in that Aug. 6 trade that included right-hander Ryan Garton for Mariners minor leaguers Luis Rengifo, Anthony Misiewicz and a player to be named or cash considerations.
Then the Rainiers followed with two singles, a double and a triple to score five runs in the fifth inning and push the lead to 9-1.
Starter Sam Gaviglio pitched a short but effective 3 ⅔ innings, giving up three hits, one run and two walks. He added four strikeouts, as well.
Ernesto Frieri (1-0) relieved Gaviglio and earned the win in his first appearance with the Rainiers since the Mariners bought his contract from the Texas Rangers for $1 million on Monday.
The right-hander didn’t allow a hit in 2⅓ innings while also striking out four.
Listach said they want to keep their starters to a low pitch count, just in case the Mariners come calling.
“We’re going to try to shorten everybody up,” Litstach said. “Keep them fresh — for the big league team. All our starters are going to be shortened up a little bit.”
Tacoma will be looking for the series win against Nashville at 7:05 p.m. Thursday at Cheney Stadium.