TACOMA, Wash. – The Tacoma Rainiers (35-27) fell at home to the Reno Aces (33-29) by a score of 6-3 on Sunday afternoon at Cheney Stadium.
Center fielder Boog Powell contributed the Rainiers only multi-hit performance, going 2-for-4 with one walk. Designated hitter Patrick Kivlehan drove in a pair of runs with his only hit of the afternoon.
Tacoma starting pitcher Joe Wieland turned in 3.2 innings of work for the Rainiers, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits while walking one and striking out five. He took the loss, his fourth of the year.
Reno broke open a scoreless tie with four runs in the top of the fourth inning to take a 4-0 lead. Following an RBI single from Zach Borenstein, Aces outfielder Mitch Haniger lifted a three-run home run to left field, his first of the year for Reno.
Tacoma answered with a trio of runs in the bottom of the frame to cut Reno’s lead to just one run at 4-3. With the bases loaded and no outs, Kivlehan laced a two-run single into center field to make the score 4-2. Shortstop Luis Sardinas followed with a sacrifice fly to center to score catcher Mike Zunino and pull the Rainiers within one run of the Aces.
Aces first baseman Kyle Jensen lifted a towering solo home run over the left field wall in the top of the fifth to extend Reno’s lead to 5-3.
Center fielder Socrates Brito plated the Aces final run with a two-out RBI single in the top of the seventh, giving Reno the 6-3 edge.
Tacoma takes to the road for a four game set against the Salt Lake Bees beginning tomorrow, Monday, June 13. Rainiers right-hander Adrian Sampson (6-4, 3.51) will face off against Bees lefty Chris Jones (3-5, 7.33). First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. PT.
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