Peter O’Brien hit his 50th career home run in an Aces uniform, but the Sacramento River Cats rallied for a second consecutive 12-4 victory over the Reno Aces on Tuesday night at Greater Nevada Field. The 26-year-old joined Brandon Allen and Mike Jacobs as the only players in franchise history with 50-plus long balls.
O’Brien’s three-run dinger came with two away in the third, turning a 1-0 deficit into a 3-1 lead. Sacramento (62-69) took a brief lead in the top half, using a two-out bloop double by Ali Castillo to grab the early advantage against Anthony Banda (@anthony_banda3).
Reno (69-62) watched the visitors slowly chip away. Sacramento used a two-out single by Kelby Tomlinson in the fourth to make it a one-run game, before taking a 4-3 lead on two runs charged to Evan Marshall (@emarsh31) in the seventh.
After recording two outs, Marshall departed with the bases loaded, only to see Travis Ishikawa drill the second offering from Yuhei Nakaushiro into left field for a two-run single.
The Aces knotted the game after the stretch, thanks to a two-out, bases-loaded wild pitch uncorked by Jake Dunning, allowing Kyle Jensen (@TheKJensen42) to race home from third.
With the score leveled at 4-4, the River Cats dropped a pair of four-run innings on Reno’s bullpen over the final two innings. Mac Williamson laced a run-scoring single to make it 5-4 in the eighth, setting up a two-out, two-run double by Jarrett Parker and RBI single off the bat of Austin Slater. Williamson and Slater were at it again in the ninth, the latter drilling a three-run homer into the right-field ‘pen to complete the scoring.
Slater finished with five home runs, three doubles and 13 RBI in the four-game series.
Adam Loewen (3-3) took the loss after giving up four earned runs on five hits in the eighth inning. Dunning (3-3) was credited with the win, despite bringing home the game-tying run in the bottom of the seventh.
Four different Aces collected two hits in the loss.
The Aces continue their nine-game homestand with the opener of a five-game set against first-place Tacoma on Wednesday night. First pitch from Greater Nevada Field is set for 7:05 p.m. PT. Right-hander Matt Koch (2-2, 2.54) gets the nod for Reno, while the Rainiers will send righty Zach Lee (0-6, 5.45) to the mound.