TACOMA, Wash. – The Tacoma Rainiers (60-60) stunned the Reno Aces (68-52) on Saturday night at Cheney Stadium, winning 10-9 in walk-off fashion with a pair of late-game rallies.
Tacoma first baseman Daniel Vogelbach gave the Rainiers the win with a walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th, driving in speedy second baseman Shawn O’Malley from second and giving Tacoma the late 10-9 win.
The Rainiers were led by catcher Mike Marjama (2×5, R, HR, 3B, 4 RBI), Vogelbach (2×5, R, RBI, 2 BB), and designated hitter Mitch Haniger (1×3, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB).
Tacoma broke through in the bottom of the second inning, when second baseman Gordon Beckham scored off of an RBI groundout by Marjama.
Reno bounced back in the top of the third with a two-run home run from Ildemaro Vargas, followed by a solo home run by Oswaldo Arcia, giving the Aces a 3-1 advantage.
The Aces struck again in the top of the fourth, scoring two runs off a two RBI single from Evan Marzilli, then tacking on one more in the top of the fifth, giving them a 6-1 lead.
Rainiers right fielder Danny Muno scored in the bottom of the seventh off of a wild pitch, cutting the Aces lead to 6-2.
Marjama rallied Tacoma in the bottom of the ninth, hitting a three-run home run to deep left field, scoring Muno and Haniger and bringing Tacoma within one run. Second baseman Shawn O’Malley tied up the game for Tacoma with a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring pinch runner Zach Shank from third.
The Aces took a 9-6 lead in the top of the tenth when Evan Marzilli drove in two runs with a two out single, followed by an RBI single from John Ryan Murphy.
Haniger got the Rainiers back two runs in the bottom of the tenth with a two-run home run over the right field fence, scoring Vogelbach. Muno then cleared the fence in left field with the bases empty to tie up the ball game at 9-9.
Tacoma’s final rally came in the bottom of the 11th – O’Malley led off the frame with a single and advanced to second when Haniger was hit by a pitch. That set up the walk-off single from Vogelbach, sending the Rainiers into the clubhouse victorious.
The Rainiers face off against the Aces again in the third game of a four-game series Sunday at 1:3 5 p.m. PT. Tacoma has not yet named a starter, while Reno right-hander Jake Buchanan (4-0, 4.89) will pitch.
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