Trailing 4-3 with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning on Monday, June 24, Chris Mariscal launched a walk-off grand slam as the Tacoma Rainiers capped off a five-game homestand with their fourth walk-off victory of the season, 7-4, against the El Paso Chihuahuas.
After El Paso (47-29) pushed across the automatic runner with a sacrifice fly in the top of the extra inning, Chihuahuas pitcher Trevor Megill issued two walks to load the bases before Mariscal blasted his third home run to left-center field to win the game.
Sean Nolin made the start for Tacoma (36-41) and went six innings allowing two runs and striking out four El Paso hitters.
Down 2-0, Tim Lopes doubled home Jake Fraley for Tacoma’s first run of the game in the sixth. An inning later, Fraley reached on a fielding error that scored Mariscal to tie the contest, 2-2.
El Paso recaptured the lead in the eighth but Tacoma tied the game at three apiece in the home half when catcher Jordan Pacheco earned his first Rainiers RBI by driving home Kristopher Negron with a sacrifice fly.
Parker Markel (2-0) was charged with the extra-inning run when the automatic runner scored, making it an unearned tally. The right-hander was credited with the win after going two hitless innings with a pair of strikeouts.
Monday’s 10-inning contest was the first game this season that has gone into extras at Cheney Stadium. The Rainiers were previously 0-3 in extra-inning games, with their most recent defeat coming in San Antonio on June 12.
The Rainiers hit the road on Tuesday for a four-game series against the Albuquerque Isotopes, Triple-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, at Isotopes Park. Right-hander Tyler Cloyd (1-6, 6.35) will take the mound for Tacoma for a 5:35 p.m. start. Mike Curto will have full coverage on South Sound Talk 850 with audio streaming available on the Tacoma Rainiers TuneIn Radio Network.
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