Left-hander Anthony Banda (@anthony_banda3) delivered a quality start, and Mitch Haniger (@M_Hanny19) laced a go-ahead double in the seventh inning to guide the Reno Aces to a 3-2 victory and series win over the Tacoma Rainiers on Wednesday night at Greater Nevada Field.
Haniger’s tiebreaking two-bagger down the left-field line scored Mike Freeman from first base after the Aces’ leadoff man lined a two-out single to left.
Banda and Tacoma starter Cody Martin dueled for the first five frames, with both surrendering a single run in the fifth. The Rainiers (47-38) grabbed a brief 1-0 lead in the top half on three singles, the last coming off the bat of Stefen Romero with two away. Reno (45-41) responded in the bottom half with consecutive singles, setting up a sacrifice fly from Haniger to knot the game at one.
Reno’s first run snapped Martin’s scoreless innings streak at 24 1/3 innings.
Both teams plated one run apiece in the sixth, leading to Reno’s seventh win when tied after six full innings this season following Haniger’s late knock.
Tacoma’s Luis Sardinas lined a double off the wall in right to score Mike Zunino – who walked – from first base, giving the visitors another one-run advantage against Banda. Kyle Jensen (@TheKJensen42) played long ball in the home half, however, when he greeted Andrew Kittredge from the bullpen with an opposite-field solo homer. His 17th home run of the season reached the grass berm in right, leveling the score at two.
Adam Loewen (3-2) entered in relief of Banda for the seventh and posted a quick 1-2-3 inning on 10 pitches. The southpaw was eventually credited with his first win since May 29 at Round Rock.
Evan Marshall (@emarsh31) followed Loewen’s lead with two strikeouts during a scoreless eighth, setting up Aces closer Jimmie Sherfy who closed the door in the ninth. Sherfy struck out the side en route to his first save with Reno and 19th in 19 opportunities this season across three levels.
Reno improved to 5-2 against Tacoma in the season series, while pulling within 2.5 games of first place in the Pacific Northern Division.
Freeman and Haniger both notched multi-hit games, accounting for four of Reno’s seven total hits.
The Aces hit the road to wrap up their first-half schedule with a four-game, three-day series beginning Thursday in Fresno. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. PT. Right-hander John Omahen (0-0, -.--) is set to make his Aces and Triple-A debut, while righty Mike Hauschild (6-7, 2.95) will start for Fresno