RENO, Nevada. – The Tacoma Rainiers (75-56) opened their five-game series against the Reno Aces (70-62) with a 13-7 loss on Wednesday night at Greater Nevada Field.
A 3-for-5 night from first baseman Dae-Ho Lee led the way for the Rainiers 15-hit performance. Second baseman Daniel Robertson (2×5), left fielder James Ramsey (2×5), third baseman Zach Shank (2×5), and shortstop Tyler Smith (2×5) all chipped in their own multi-hit games.
Tacoma rocketed out to an early lead with five runs in the top of the first inning. Six consecutive hits without recording an out, including RBI base knocks from designated hitter Dan Vogelbach, Lee, and Shank put the Rainiers up 4-0. Two batters later, Smith smacked an RBI single into right field to extend the visitors lead to 5-0.
The Rainiers would manage two more runs over the course of the night, one in the top of the fifth inning and another in the top of the ninth.
However, Reno notched runs in each of their eight turns at the plate, pounding out 15 hits and scoring 13 times in the process. Their consistent offensive barrage created the final score of 13-7 in favor of the Aces.
Tacoma starter Zach Lee (0-7) allowed nine runs on eight hits over 4.1 innings of work, while Kevin Munson (2.0 IP) and Al Alburquerque (1.2 IP) both allowed two runs in relief.
The Rainiers now hold a 5.5-game lead over the Aces in the PCL Pacific Northern Division with 12 games remaining in the regular season.
Rainiers right-hander Sam Gaviglio (3-1, 2.58) and Aces righty Shelby Miller (5-1, 3.52) take the mound as Tacoma and Reno continue their series tomorrow, Thursday, August 25. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. PT.
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