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Rainiers 6, Sky Sox 3

Walk. Off. Grand. Slam.

Not a group of words that occur very often in baseball, major, minor or even the pony league. On a slightly rainy afternoon in Tacoma, Wladimir Balentien notched that rare hit. The Rainiers came to bat in the ninth down 3-1. Jon Nelson led off the ninth by striking out. Brent Ust doubled. Oswaldo Navarro lined out to third for the second out. Adam Jones walked to keep the Rainiers alive. Jeremy Reed singled to load the bases.

And then Balentien crushed a 3-1 pitch from Colorado Springs reliever Mike Gallo to win it.

Ryan Rowland-Smith was the winner thanks to his perfect ninth and Balentien's heroics.

You'll not see this the rest o f the year. You will see the Rainiers and the Sox wrap up their four-game series tomorrow evening at 6:05. Jorge Campillo (2-2, 2.70) looks to improve on his already-strong start, while Marc Kasier (1-1, 5.51) takes the hill for Colorado Springs.



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