Eric Thames struck out and Rich Poythress flied out with the tying run at third base for Tacoma in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving Fresno a 3-2 Pacific Coast League win over the Rainiers.
TACOMA — Eric Thames struck out and Rich Poythress flied out with the tying run at third base for Tacoma in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving Fresno a 3-2 Pacific Coast League win over the Rainiers Tuesday night.
Carlos Peguero led off the Tacoma ninth with a walk, stole second with one out and went to third on the catcher’s throwing error.
But Grizzlies closer Heath Hembree escaped damage by retiring Thames and Poythress to end it.
Jeremy Bonderman’s third start for Tacoma was his best yet. He left after five innings and 95 pitches tied 1-1. The 30-year-old right-hander allowed five hits while striking out five and walking two.
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Thames homered in the fifth and Nick Franklin had an RBI single in the eighth for the Rainiers (6-7). Catcher Mike Zunino went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts.