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Pacific Coast League: Smoak Powers Rainiers to Game 1 Win

Tacoma Rainiers 5, Memphis Redbirds 3

Justin Smoak powered the Tacoma Rainiers to victory in Game 1 of the PCL Playoffs Tuesday night at Memphis’ AutoZone Park. Memphis jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning on a Donovan Solano RBI single, but it was short lived. Tacoma bounced back quickly in the bottom of the 2nd with a Smoak 2-run home run.

The see-saw battle continued at Memphis retook the lead in the 4th inning with 2 runs. Tony Cruz tied the game at 2 with an RBI single, and then Cruz was singled home by Donovan Solano. But once again the lead was short lived as Tacoma came right back in the bottom of the inning to tie it on a Mike Wilson solo home run.

In the 5th inning, Justin Smoak would drive in the go-ahead run with an RBI single. Tacoma added an insurance run when Mike Wilson drove in the final run of the night on a sacrifice fly. That was all that was needed for Tacoma as Blake Beavan picked up his first postseason win going 6 innings and giving up 2 runs on 8 hits. The Rainiers bullpen did the rest as Andrew Baldwin went 2 scoreless and Dan Cortes came in to close it out in the 9th.

Donovan Solano went 2-4 with 2 RBI for Memphis in a losing effort.

Tacoma Rainiers vs. Memphis Redbirds
Game 2: MEM @ TAC Sep 15, 8:05 PM ET
Game 3: TAC @ MEM Sep 17, 8:05 PM ET
Game 4*: TAC @ MEM Sep 18, 4:05 PM ET
Game 5*: TAC @ MEM Sep 19, 2:35 PM ET

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About Eric Bynum
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.

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