RENO, Nevada. – The Tacoma Rainiers (75-59) dropped their fourth consecutive game to the Reno Aces (73-62) by a score of 8-7 on Saturday night at Greater Nevada Field.
Recently optioned second baseman Mike Freeman (2×5) scored once and drove in a pair of runs for the Rainiers. Designated hitter Rob Brantly (2×5) and shortstop Tyler Smith (2×4) also contributed multiple hits in the losing effort.
Tacoma bolted out to a 2-0 lead before recording an out with three consecutive doubles to lead off the top of the first inning. Brantly followed with an RBI single into right field that extended the Rainiers early advantage to 3-0.
Reno quickly countered with two runs in the bottom of the frame, cutting the Rainiers lead to 3-2. Socrates Brito and Kyle Jensen recorded RBI singles to plate the Aces runs.
Freeman laced a two-out RBI single to score third baseman Zach Shank in the top of the second inning, pushing the Rainiers advantage out to 4-2.
A single from left fielder James Ramsey and back-to-back walks from catcher Jesus Sucre and Shank loaded the bases with outs in the top of the third for Smith, who proceeded to wiggle a two-run single into left field to move the Rainiers edge out to 6-2.
Reno rallied for four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. The offensive outburst was polished off by a two-run, two-out double from Jensen that knotted the game up at 6-6.
After two quick outs in the bottom of the eighth Rainiers reliever Al Alburquerque allowed back-to-back singles, setting up a go-ahead, two-run triple from pinch hitter Zach Borenstein that gave the Aces an 8-6 lead.
Dan Vogelbach lifted a solo home run over the left field wall in the top of the ninth inning for the Rainiers last offensive push, making the final score 8-7.
Rainiers starting pitcher Jarrett Grube allowed six runs, only two of which were earned, over 4.2 innings of work. He allowed six hits, issued two walks, and struck out three.
Tacoma and Reno wrap up their five-game series tomorrow, Sunday, August 28. The Rainiers will send right-hander Cody Martin (9-7, 3.93) to the mound to face off against Aces lefty Anthony Banda (4-3, 3.64). First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. PT.
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