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Aces Win 4th in a row before All-Star Break

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Matt Pagnozzi (@MattPagnozzi) provided the game-tying and go-ahead hits for the Reno Silver Sox in a 5-4 victory over the Tacoma Rainiers Sunday afternoon at Aces Ballpark.

Pagnozzi’s third home run of the season came in the fourth inning, a solo shot to left which knotted the game at four apiece. His next at-bat came with one away in the home half of the sixth, and he drove home Peter O’Brien from third base with a line-drive single to center.

For the fourth consecutive game, Reno (44-47) allowed Tacoma (44-47) to score first, but for the fourth straight contest, the Silver Sox came out on the winning end.

The Rainiers plated three runs in the top of the first off of Jhoulys Chacin (@Jhoulys45), a frame which included a first-pitch lead-off home run by Leon Landry. The outfielders’ lead-off blast was his second in as many days. Later, Erik Kratz smacked a two-out, two-run single to give the visitors a 3-0 lead.

The Silver Sox responded immediately in the bottom of the first with three runs of their own. Garrett Weber (@_weber5) launched the first pitch he saw from Roenis Elias out for a lead-off home run to cut the deficit to 3-1.

Brandon Drury immediately followed with a single, then scored on an RBI double down the left-field line by Nick Evans. Elias came low and inside with his next pitch to Jamie Romak, narrowly missing the first baseman. His next pitch did not miss. He hit Romak sparking an argument between Aces Manager Phil Nevin and home plate umpire Greg Stanzak.

Nevin was ejected from the game without warning, just moments before Elias balked in a run to tie the game at 3-3.

Tacoma regained the lead in the third on a run-scoring single by John Hicks. Pagnozzi’s home run evened the game at 4-4 in the fourth.

The catcher was at it again in the sixth with the run-scoring base hit to give the Silver Sox the lead for good.

Chacin settled in after the rocky first inning and turned in seven solid innings before handing off to the bullpen. Evan Marshall (@emarsh31) worked a scoreless ninth and J.C. Ramirez followed suit in the ninth. Chacin improved to 2-2 with the win and Ramirez got his first save of the season.

Todd Glaesmann (@toddglaesmann22) helped Ramirez with a diving catch to take away a base hit from Zach Shank to start the ninth inning.

Pagnozzi finished 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI. Evans had a multi-hit game as well.

The Aces are off for the next three days before resuming play in Salt Lake City on Thursday. Romak and O’Brien will represent the team in the Triple-A Home Run Derby Monday night in Omaha, Nebraska and both will start in the Triple-A All-Star Game Wednesday.

Reno Aces Press Release

7/12/15

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