. It took a lot longer than they really wanted, but the Tacoma Rainiers were able to win the final game of the series in Nashville and earn a split of the four games.
After waiting out a 1-hour, 48-minute rain delay before the first pitch Friday night, the Rainiers outlasted the Sounds, 4-2, in 10th innings. The final out was recorded at 12:25 a.m. Saturday local time.
Fatigue seemed to be the key factor at the end.
After facing four batters while pitching a scoreless ninth inning, Nashville reliever Tucker Healy tired in the 10th.
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Rainiers leadoff hitter Daniel Robertson had a terrific at-bat to start the 10th, fouling off several two-strike pitches before doubling into the right field corner for his fourth hit of the game.
After a walk drawn by Daniel Vogelbach and a sacrifice bunt by Guillermo Heredia, Nashville chose to intentionally walk Mike Freeman to load the bases for D.J. Peterson. This set up a righty-vs-righty matchup for Healy.
Peterson took a ball and a strike, then watched a pitch sail low and away — and past catcher Matt McBride. Robertson raced home with go-ahead run just barely ahead of the tag from Healy, who was covering the plate.
Tacoma added another run when Zach Shank drew a four-pitch walk with two outs and the bases loaded, forcing in Vogelbach.
Zach Lee started for Tacoma, allowing two runs in the first inning before settling down. He made it through six innings, giving up five hits, and left with the game tied 2-2.
Rehabilitating Mariners reliever Evan Scribner pitched a scoreless seventh inning, striking out three.
Kevin Munson earned the win in relief, pitching scoreless eighth and ninth innings. In each inning he walked the leadoff man — and got away with it.
Once Tacoma took the 4-2 lead, Emilio Pagan was summoned from the bullpen to close it out. He set down the side in order in the bottom of the 10th, earning his first career Triple-A save.
Tacoma added right-handed reliever Isaac Sanchez from Class-A Bakersfield to the roster. He went 3-5 with a 2.97 ERA in 63 2/3 innings for the Blaze.
The Rainiers open a four-game homestand with a game against Las Vegas at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Cheney Stadium. Tacoma will start LHP James Paxton (4-3, 3.97 ERA) against RHP Tyler Pill (0-0, 11.00) of Las Vegas.
Mike Curto is the radio broadcaster for the Rainiers.