It was all over quickly for the Rainiers at Cheney Stadium Monday night.
The game was never close, as Tacoma let the El Paso Chihuahuas pounce early and often to win, 14-1.
Rainiers starter Sam Gaviglio got himself into trouble early on, but was able to escape most of the damage by allowing two runs in the first three innings.
The first run was scored off an error by third baseman Shawn O’Malley in the top of the second. O’Malley bobbled the ball with two outs, then attempted to throw the runner out at first but was too late. Chihuahuas left fielder Alex Dickerson scored to give them a 1-0 lead.
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El Paso struck again in the third inning when third baseman Casey McElroy scored off a sacrifice groundout from Dickerson to take a 2-0 lead.
But the Chihuahuas didn’t stop there — and Gaviglio wouldn’t escape the next jam.
In the top of the fourth, he allowed consecutive singles to put runners on first and second with no outs. Chihuahuas shortstop Mike McCoy laid down a bunt to advance the runners, but Gaviglio made an errant throw to first and McCoy was safe.
Former Seattle Mariner Abraham Almonte then should have grounded out to second base with the bases loaded, but Rainiers second baseman Zach Shank juggled the ball and the Chihuahuas would score to go up, 3-0.
With no outs and the bases still juiced, McElroy stepped up to the plate and hit a grand slam to blow the game wide open, 7-0.
“He (Gaviglio) left pitches up in the zone often,” Tacoma manager Pat Listach said. “He got into a lot of deep counts.”
Logan Bawcom came in to replace Gaviglio, but gave up a solo home run to the first batter he faced to give the Chihuahuas a comfortable 8-0 lead.
Gaviglio pitched 31/3 innings and gave up four earned runs. The other runs were unearned after three errors.
The Chihuahuas continued the drubbing during the fifth inning, growing the lead to 14-0.
O’Malley led off the inning with another error, this time throwing wide to first base. That started off a six-run fifth for the Chihuahuas as they continued to pound the baseball to all parts of the outfield, ringing up two doubles and a triple.
The Rainiers scored their lone run in the bottom of the fifth inning when Chris Taylor punched a single to center to score Leon Landry.
The Rainiers committed four errors tonight and are now 1-4 when committing three or more errors in a game… David Rollins threw another shutout inning and now has appeared in five games, allowing only four hits… O’Malley’s seven-game hitting streak came to an end after he went 0 for 4.
The Rainiers will open up a four-game series against the Las Vegas 51s on Tuesday. Hisashi Iwakuma (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will make his second rehab start and face off against Dillon Gee (1-0, 10.80 ERA).