Three home runs helped the Reno Aces turn a 4-0 deficit into a 9-5 win over the Tacoma Rainiers Thursday night at Aces Ballpark.
Two of the home runs came from Todd Glaesmann, and the other off the bat of Jamie Romak. It was the fourth time this year an Aces player has recorded a multi-homer game.
The Rainiers jumped on Aces starter Gabriel Arias in the first inning. The first four batters reached and came around to score to give Tacoma an early 4-0 lead. Stefen Romero had a two-run double and Justin Ruggiano clubbed a two-run homer.
Reno’s rally started in the second inning when Jordan Pacheco doubled and Raul Navarro knocked him in with the second two-bagger of the inning.
The first home run for the Aces came in the fourth. Danny Dorn started the inning with a single to right-center and Glaesmann quickly followed with an opposite-field two-run home run to cut the deficit to 4-3.
With two outs in the inning, Raul Navarro legged out a double to left-center to get into scoring position. The effort was rewarded when Nick Buss knocked him in with a single to tie the game at 4-4.
Tacoma took a brief lead on a RBI groundout by Romero in the top of the fifth. The lead didn’t last long as Matt Pagnozzi collected an RBI on a groundout in the bottom half of the inning.
The Aces busted a 5-5 game open in the sixth with four runs, highlighted by a pair of two-run homers. Brandon Drury was aboard for Jamie Romak who gave the Aces a 7-5 lead with his 17th home run of the season. Dorn singled, his third of the night, to put a runner on for Glaesmann who blasted his second long ball of the night to deep left-center.
Arias settled in after the rocky first inning. He faced just three over the minimum over his final five innings of work to pick up the win and improve to 5-2. Relievers J.C. Ramirez and Matt Stites combined to shutout the Rainiers over the final three innings.
Glaesmann finished the night 3-for-4 with the pair of homers, four RBI and two runs scored. Other multi-hit games came from Buss, Drury, Dorn, Pacheco and Navarro.
Game three of the five-game series is scheduled for Friday night. Right-hander Allen Webster (2-2, 8.07) starts for the Aces against right-hander Sam Gaviglio (7-7, 5.07) for the Rainiers. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.