It was a damp night at Cheney Stadium, with a cool breeze dipping the temperature below 65.
The Chihuahuas brought a 10-game winning streak and a magic number of one into town for the division crown.
Luis Perdomo took the hill in his first rehab outing after being placed on the disabled list with shoulder issues. He topped off at about 93 MPH and had to shake off some rust, not pitching in a game since July 27th.
Perdomo struggled from the start, having to pitch out of a self-inflicted jam in the first before allowing three runs in the second on three hits and a walk. He allowed the first two batters of the third to reach on a walk and single before being pulled in favor of T.J. Weir. Perdomo was eventually charged with a fourth run in his 2+ inning outing.
The Chihuahuas were able to respond in the top the fourth.
After Luis Urias was hit by a pitch, Francisco Mejia reached on a fielder’s choice and eventually came around to score on a Raffy Lopez single. El Paso added a second run with a sac fly by Shane Peterson, making the score 4-2.
El Paso stormed back in the top of the seventh. The game was tied after an RBI double by Forrestt Allday. Urias got an RBI double of his own, shooting it down the third base line to give El Paso a 5-4 lead. He finished 1 for 3, reaching base twice. That extends his hitting streak to 14 games.
Luis Urias coming through in the clutch! Facing Dan Altavilla, who has pitched in 22 games for the Mariners this year, Urias gets a ball passed 3B for a go-ahead RBI double! 🔥 #EVT pic.twitter.com/8rKlPHY3yH
— Nick Lee (@NickLee51) August 26, 2018
The lead was short-lived, however, as Dillon Overton surrendered a game-tying home run to David Freitas in the bottom of the seventh. Overton tossed four innings, allowing just that one run.
It remained tied until the bottom of the eighth. Reliever Kyle Lloyd allowed the bases to load for Adam Law, who lined a triple to center field after a misplay on the ball by Dusty Coleman, the center fielder. All three runners scored, giving Tacoma the 8-5 advantage.
El Paso would not recover as they fell to the Rainiers 8-5 in a loud, energetic ballpark. It was a playoff atmosphere even though Tacoma is below .500. This was the last Saturday home game for the Rainiers.