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March 30 Game Notes: Tacoma Rainiers vs. Oklahoma City Baseball Club

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March 30, 2024 – Pacific Coast League (PCL)
Tacoma Rainiers News Release

TACOMA RAINIERS (1-0) vs. OKLAHOMA CITY BASEBALL CLUB (0-1)

Saturday, March 30 – 6:05 PM – Cheney Stadium – Tacoma, WA

RHP Levi Stoudt (0-0, -.–) vs. RHP Eduardo Salazar (0-0, -.–)

TONIGHT’S GAME: The Rainiers and Baseball Club will play game two of their three game series, with Tacoma holding a 1-0 lead after their extra-innings victory last night. Tonight’s starters will try to replicate what Jhonathan Diaz and Landon Knack did last night, as they each spun five scoreless innings in the season opener. Levi Stoudt is set to take the ball for his first start of the 2024 season for the Rainiers. Stoudt pitched in two total games for the Mariners in Spring Training this year, allowing two earned runs on four hits while striking out two in his 3.0 innings. Tonight marks the first time in his career that he will face Oklahoma City in his third season pitching at the Triple-A level. Opposite of Stoudt will be Eduardo Salazar getting the starting nod for the Baseball Club. Salazar pitched in relief in 36 games last year between Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Louisville, going 1-1 with a 6.65 ERA. He also pitched in eight games with the Reds, going 1-0 with an 8.03 ERA. Tonight will mark not only his first start of the season, but his first since Sept. 15, 2022, with Chattanooga.

WARM UP THE BATS: Tacoma’s offense mustered just three total hits last night in their 1-0 win over Oklahoma City. The Rainiers led off each of the first two innings with singles that immediately got taken away by double plays. Isiah Gilliam knocked a single in the third inning as well, but was caught stealing second to end the inning. That was the last hit they would have despite playing 11 innings.

LATE MAGIC: In his first at-bat of the game, Leo Rivas stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the 11th inning with the game tied 0-0 and the potential game winning run on third base. Rivas had entered the game in the bottom of the ninth as a pinch runner and remained in defensively. With the infield in to prevent the run, the 26-year-old delivered with a hard ground ball between the third baseman and shortstop. It was enough to score Samad Taylor and start Tacoma’s 2024 campaign with a victory.

EXTRA, EXTRA: The Baseball Club and Rainiers combined for one extra-base hit last night, a double off the bat of Drew Avans in the fifth inning. Avans was also the lone player to have a multi-hit game last night, checking in…

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