Kyle Jensen (@TheKJensen42) and Carlos Rivero (@Carlos_Rivero3) homered to back Braden Shipley’s (@shipley25) eight strong innings as the Reno Aces knocked off the Tacoma Rainiers, 6-3, in front of a franchise-record 10,520 fans on the Fourth of July at Greater Nevada Field. Jensen’s homer marked his 16th of the season and gave him a league-best 74 RBI.
The victory moved the Aces (44-40) within 2.5 games of Tacoma (46-37) for first place in the Pacific Northern Division. Reno has won four of five 2016 meetings against the Rainiers, pushing their overall record against Seattle’s Triple-A affiliate to 77-40, including a 41-16 clip at Greater Nevada Field.
Jensen opened the scoring with a towering solo homer off Zach Lee to straightaway center in the second, staking Shipley and the Aces to a 1-0 lead. Two outs later, Ed Lucas (@ELuke21), Rivero and Mark Thomas strung three consecutive singles together to make it 2-0.
Reno tacked on three more runs in the third, thanks to three straight walks issued by Lee. Former Mariners farmhand Gabby Guerrero bounced a two-run single up the middle, doubling the Aces’ lead to four. Later in the inning, a throwing error by Tacoma second baseman Zach Shank allowed Zach Borenstein to score from third.
Shipley posted another zero in the fourth before Tacoma plated a pair of runs in the fifth. Doubles by Jesus Sucre and Shank resulted in Tacoma’s first run, and a sacrifice fly by Guillermo Heredia brought the visitors within three.
Rivero, a member of the Rainiers in 2015, launched a one-out solo blast against his former team in the sixth to cap Reno’s night offensively. The home run was his ninth of the season.
Shipley (7-4) scattered two singles over his final two innings of work and equaled a season and career high for innings en route to his seventh win. The recently-named Pacific Coast League All-Star yielded eight hits and two runs with no walks and two strikeouts on 105 pitches, 69 for strikes.
Lee (0-2) suffered his second loss in three outings for the Rainiers since being acquired via trade from the Los Angeles Dodgers in mid-June.
Cameron Gann (@C_Gann08) made his Aces and Triple-A debut in the ninth, surrendering a solo homer to D.J. Peterson.
The Aces and Rainiers continue their three-game set with game two on Tuesday at Greater Nevada Field. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. PT. Right-hander Edgar Garcia (3-4, 6.93) gets the nod for Reno, while righty Jordan Pries (0-1, 8.10) will start for Tacoma.
Reno Aces Press Release