The Tacoma Rainiers had another nightmare start on Friday night.
After scoring two in the top of the first, Rainiers starting pitcher Joe Wieland just couldn’t get anyone out to start the game, whether it was a walk, hit, fielder’s choice, or one of four errors.
Las Vegas scored four runs in the first inning, and seven in the second as Tacoma lost its seventh game in the past eight, 14-6, at Cashman Field in front of 11,726.
Wieland (1-3) surrendered 10 runs, five earned, along with seven hits in 1-plus innings. In each of the first two innings, the first eight Las Vegas batters reached base. The first four of five batters scored in the first, and all seven scored in the second. Wieland’s ERA is now 17.31 in five starts this season.
“My starter didn’t command his pitches and our defense let us down,” Rainiers manager Pat Listach said. “The bullpen was good, but it is real tough to come back from that deficit.
Mike Baxter led the Rainiers (11-10), going 4-for-5 with an RBI double in the first.
“I figured it was a matter of time before he gets going,” Listach said. “He had some really good at-bats. He hit the ball to all fields.”
Stefen Romero (2-for-5) connected a line-drive, two-run homer in the sixth inning to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. In the streak, he is 21-of-52 with a .404 batting average.
Meanwhile, shortstop Chris Taylor had a night to forget, going 0 for 5, and committing three fielding errors. His streak of reaching base safely in 19 consecutive games ended, going 0-for-4 with a run scored. He did reach base on a fielder’s choice RBI in the fourth.
Shawn O’Malley went 2-for-2 with two runs scored for the Rainiers, while Efren Navarro went 2-for-4 with RBI single in the first.
“We you put six up there (on the scoreboard), you should win the game,” Listach said. “We keep putting six, we will win more than we lose.”
Casey Coleman was the first of four Tacoma relievers, going 3 innings, allowing one run.
The last time the Rainiers committed four errors was last season against El Paso on June 29.
Las Vegas starting pitcher Rafael Montero (1-0) earned the win, lasting five innings, allowing nine hits and four runs.
Marc Krauss and Galvin Cecchini went 4-for-5 with three RBIs apiece for the 51s (10-10), who have won four in a row. Krauss also hit a two-run homer in the sixth off Tacoma reliever Jonathan Aro.
The Rainiers play the third game of a four-game series in Las Vegas Saturday at 7 p.m. Tacoma will start right-hander Cody Martin (3-1, 7.58 ERA) against Las Vegas righty Seth Lugo (1-2, 10.66). The game can be heard on 850-AM.