The Reno Aces battled the Tacoma Rainiers Monday night from Cheney Stadium. Reno would tally 14 runs on 13 hits to blow out the Rainiers by a score of 14-4. Zack Godley (2.57 ERA) got the start for Greg Gross and the Aces. Godley, who was recently optioned to Reno from Arizona, allowed just one hit in four innings of work while striking out six. Offensively, the Aces were led by home runs from Christian Walker (16), Oswaldo Arcia (14) and Kristopher Negron (2). Ildemaro Vargas and Ketel Marte would combine to go 7-for-10 with five runs, three RBI, and two doubles.
Despite the long flight to Tacoma, Reno wasted no time getting into the scoring column. The Aces would score in each of the first four innings on Monday night – two in the first, six in the second, one in the third and one in the fourth. Arcia’s grand slam home run in the top of the second inning bumped his total to a PCL-leading 59 on the season. The left-handed slugger would get another RBI in the top of the 8th inning, putting his season RBI total at an astounding 60.
On the mound, Reno used just three pitchers in the ballgame. Jake Barrett (1-0) entered after Godley’s exit in the fifth inning. Barrett delivered two innings to pick up his first victory in 2017 before handing the ball to Drew Muren in the seventh inning. Muren tossed three innings, allowed no hits and earned his first career Triple-A save.
The win brings Reno to a record of 36-22 on the season, three games up on the Rainiers in the Pacific Northern Division. The Aces will take on the Felix Hernandez tomorrow evening, who is in Tacoma on an MLB rehab assignment. The first pitch is slated for 6:05 PM.