TACOMA, Wash. – The Tacoma Rainiers (35-26) dropped a 7-4 decision to the Reno Aces (32-29) on Saturday night at Cheney Stadium.
Tacoma starting pitcher Brad Mills worked his longest outing of the season, surrendering four runs on 10 hits over 6.2 innings of work – he issued no walks and struck out three.
Designated hitter Dario Pizzano (2×4), first baseman Patrick Kivlehan (2×4), and second baseman Chris Taylor (2×4) all posted multi-hit efforts, while combining for three runs and three RBI.
The Rainiers struck first with a run in the bottom of the third inning when Dario Pizzano crushed a solo home run down the right field line, giving Tacoma the 1-0 advantage.
The Aces gained the lead with two runs in the top of the fourth inning on an RBI single from Mitch Haniger and a two-out, one-run RBI double down the right field line from Ed Lucas.
Taylor led off the bottom of the fourth inning with an infield single, stole second base, and came around to score on a single into left field from Mike Zunino, evening the score at 2-2.
Reno regained the lead by plating two runs in the top of the fifth inning. Carlos Rivero led off the frame by smacking a solo home run to left-center field and Socrates Brito lined a two-out single into right field scoring Tuffy Gosewisch, making it 4-2 in favor of the Aces.
Kivlehan led off the home half of the fifth inning with a triple to straight-away center field and came around to score on an RBI single from Dario Pizzano, cutting Reno’s lead to one run at 4-3.
Tyler Smith drew a walk with two-outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, advanced to second base after Boog Powell walked, and came around to score on a RBI single from Taylor, knotting the game at 4-4.
Reinheimer smacked a two-out, three-run home run over the left field wall in the top of the ninth inning, propelling the Aces to the 7-4 victory.
Relievers Jonathan Aro and Blake Parker combined to toss 2.1 innings for Tacoma, allowing three runs on four hits, while striking out three.
The Rainiers and Aces conclude their four-game tomorrow, Sunday, June 12. Right-hander Jarrett Grube (0-0, -.–) will take the mound for Tacoma, while Reno is scheduled to start righty Braden Shipley (4-3, 3.23). First pitch is set for 1:35 p.m. PT.
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