RENO, Nevada. – The Tacoma Rainiers (76-59) locked down a 4-3 victory over the Reno Aces (73-63) in the series finale on Sunday afternoon at Greater Nevada Field.
With the victory, Tacoma now holds a 3.5-game lead over Reno in the Pacific Northern Division playoff race with eight games remaining in the season.
Center fielder Daniel Robertson (2×5, 2 R) and second baseman Mike Freeman (2×3, 2B, 2 BB) contributed to the victory with multi-hit outings.
Rainiers starting pitcher Cody Martin allowed just three hits and struck out seven batters over 5.0 innings of one-run ball – he earned his 10th win of the season.
Tacoma jumped out to a 3-0 lead in unusual fashion in the top of the third inning. With the bases loaded and one out, three wild pitches within the span of four offerings from Reno starter Anthony Banda brought three runs across the plate. Right fielder Ryan Strausborger, Robertson, and first baseman Dan Vogelbach crossed the plate.
Shortstop Tyler Smith notched a one-out, RBI double in the top of the fourth inning to score Robertson from first base and extend the Rainiers lead to 4-0.
Reno ventured onto the scoreboard with a two-out RBI single from pinch hitter Peter O’Brien in the bottom of the sixth inning, cutting the Rainiers lead to 4-1.
Reno catcher Dan Rohlfing cut Tacoma’s lead to just one run with a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning, his fifth home run of the season. However, Tacoma would hold on to secure the 4-3 victory, avoiding a series sweep.
Tacoma utilized five relief pitchers against Reno – Kevin Munson, Paul Fry, Tony Zych, and Kraig Sitton combined for 2.0 innings of scoreless work, while Andrew Kittredge worked the final 1.2 innings and allowed two runs on three hits with four strikeouts.
The Rainiers return home tomorrow, August 29 the begin their final homestand of the regular season as they host the Fresno Grizzlies for a four-game set. Tacoma righty Zach Lee (0-, 7.04) and Fresno righty Brady Rodgers (12-4, 2.91) take the mound. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. PT.
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