Tacoma right-hander Jordan Pries threw six shutout frames as the Rainiers handed the Reno Aces a 13-3 loss on Tuesday night at Greater Nevada Field. Three separate three-run outbursts staked the visitors to an insurmountable 10-0 lead, and after the Aces plated three in the seventh, the Rainiers responded with three in the eighth to run away as victors.
Tacoma (47-37) jumped on Aces starter Edgar Garcia from the get-go, using two singles and a Stefen Romero double to grab a 1-0 advantage. Two outs later, Luis Sardinas lined a two-run single to center, making it 3-0.
Pries (1-1) set the tone for his dominant outing in the bottom half, striking out three straight batters after a leadoff infield single and stolen base by Jack Reinheimer (@Reinheimer_08). The 26-year-old improved to 5-1 in seven starts all-time against Reno. He racked up eight strikeouts against two walks and four hits en route to his first win in five 2016 appearances for Tacoma.
Tacoma continued their offensive assault against Garcia in the second. A pair of two-out walks preceded a three-run opposite-field homer by Romero, doubling the Rainiers’ lead to six.
The Rainiers tacked on a run in the fourth before three more runs crossed home plate in the sixth on three doubles and a single.
Reno (44-41) cracked the scoring barrier after the stretch against former Aces reliever Kevin Munson. The Aces scored three runs and sent nine batters to the plate in the frame, highlighted with run-scoring singles by Mitch Haniger (@M_Hanny19) and Zach Borenstein.
D.J. Peterson launched his second homer of the series in the eighth, a three-run missile into Reno’s right-field bullpen, to cap the scoring. The homer off Matt Capps (@MattCapps55) was Peterson’s second in as many games.
Garcia (3-5) took the loss after yielding 10 earned runs on 12 hits over five innings. Garcia’s 12 hits surrendered matched a career high, while the earned run total set a new career high for a single outing.
Aces reliever Jimmie Sherfy struck out the side during his Greater Nevada Field debut in the ninth, moving his season strikeout total across three levels to 56 over 35.0 innings.
The Aces and Rainiers conclude their three-game series with the rubber game on Wednesday at Greater Nevada Field. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. PT. Left-hander Anthony Banda (0-2, 9.00) is set to toe the rubber for Reno, while righty Cody Martin (7-5, 3.93) will start for Tacoma.