A walk-off infield single by Reno Aces (@Aces) right-fielder Nick Buss (@chilibuss) gave the Aces a 4-3 win over the Tacoma Rainiers Friday night at Aces Ballpark.
The game went back-and-forth in the early innings as Tacoma took a 1-0 lead in the first, only to be quickly erased when Danny Dorn hit a two-run home run in the second inning to give the Aces a 2-1 lead.
Reno’s lead went to 3-1 in the fifth when Todd Glaesmann (@toddglaesmann22) started the inning with a triple off the wall in right-center. Raul Navarro knocked him in with a two-out base hit to right-field.
Tacoma battled back with single runs in the sixth and seventh innings. Leon Landry’s RBI groundout cut Tacoma’s deficit to 3-2 in the sixth, and Zach Shank homered in the seventh to even the game at 3-3.
After the home run, Aces starter Allen Webster (@11webster11) struck out Steve Baron but then allowed an infield single to Leury Bonilla. It chased Webster after 6 2/3 innings. Left-hander Matt Reynolds got out of the inning with no further damage.
Right-hander J.C. Ramirez took over for Reynolds in the eighth and walked Stefen Romero to start the inning. A stolen base put him on second, but Ramirez struck out Carlos Rivero and John Hicks for the first two outs. With Romero in scoring position, Erik Kratz hit a line-drive down the right-field line that Buss chased down with a sliding catch.
Brandon Drury got into scoring position in the bottom of the eighth inning but Jamie Romak struck out to end the threat.
The Rainiers put Baron into scoring position with a single and stolen base in the top of the ninth. Closer Addison Reed got out of the jam by striking out James Jones.
The bottom of the ninth started with Rainiers left-hander Edgar Olmos striking out Dorn. Glaesmann followed with a double into the gap in left-center to start the rally. Peter O’Brien hit the first pitch he saw from Olmos into left-field for a base hit, putting Glaesmann at third.
Pinch-hitter Garrett Weber (@_weber5) was intentionally walked, loading the bases for Navarro. Olmos came back to get Navarro to pop out in foul territory for out number two.
On a 1-0 pitch, Buss grounded a ball to the left-side of the infield. Shortstop Erick Mejia momentarily bobbled the ball, allowing Buss to reach first and Glaesmann to score the winning run.
Reed picked up the win in relief and Olmos was charged with the loss. Glaesmann went 3-for-4 with a triple, double and two runs scored.
Game four of the five-game series is scheduled for Saturday night at Aces Ballpark. Right-hander Edgar Garcia (2-1, 4.09) starts for the Aces against right-hander Forrest Snow (7-5, 2.55) for the Rainiers. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.