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Aces continue domination of Rainiers
by Damian Tromerhauser
May 31, 2012 | 725 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Reno Aces continued to dominate the Tacoma Rainiers, taking an 8-3 victory to extend its win streak over Tacoma to 13 straight victories to stay atop the Pacific North Division.

Reno used a barrage of offense to overwhelm the visitors, scoring four quick runs throughout the first three innings. While the initial onslaught definitely helped matters, it was another four runs that seized the win for the Aces.

Holding on to a slight 4-3 lead, the first-place Aces got things going again after its offense went dry following the opening three innings. Reno jumpstarted its bats once more in the bottom of the seventh to put the game away for good. The Aces put a four-spot on the scoreboard in the seventh frame, taking advantage of timely hits and a Rainiers’ error. 

A single and a walk put Jake Elmore and Ryan Wheeler on second and first, respectively. An intentional walk to Gillespie loaded the sacs for the Aces, setting up Jacobs for a two-run single. Gillespie rounded the bases for a run on a wild pitch before Harbin dropped a single into right field to score Jacobs and capped the inning with Reno holding the eventual final advantage of 8-3.

In his second start since being optioned to Reno from the Diamondbacks, Aces starter Patrick Corbin earned the win, pitching six innings while allowing three runs for his first victory with Reno.

Corbin got early help from his teammates as the Aces quickly went to work from the batter’s box.

Three doubles flew off the bat of Aces batters in the bottom of the first as Reno pushed two runs across the plate. Adam Eaton led the inning off by turning on the first pitch for a double. After a groundout and strikeout, Randy Ruiz doubled home Eaton. Cole Gillespie then trade places with Ruiz for a 2-0 Aces edge.

The Rainiers threatened in the top of the second, but to no avail. After the first two batters were retired, a single by Carlos Triunfel and a pair of walks to Mike Wilson and Guillermo Quiroz loaded the bases for Tacoma. Fortunately for the home team, Corbin induced an inning-ending groundout.

Reno struck from the batter’s box again in both the bottom of the second and third frames. Taylor Harbin kept the doubles going for the Aces, sending a shot to the left-center field gap. Harbin touched home on a fielder’s choice from Konrad Schmidt. In the third, Reno scored with two down. Gillespie took a free pass to first and reached third on a single by Jacobs. A passed ball then scored Gillespie for a 4-0 Aces lead.

Tacoma began to claw its way back into the game in the top of the fourth when Vinnie Catricala launched a solo shot deep over the 410-foot marker of the outfield wall to bring the deficit to 4-1. A pair of key double plays helped the Rainiers escape potential danger in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings, allowing Tacoma to close the gap even more with two runs in the top of the sixth.

The short rally started with a walk to Casper Wells and a single from Carlos Peguero. Catricala notched his second RBI of the night with a single to left field for a score of 4-2. Wilson then sent a bloop single to right that allowed Peguero to cross home, bringing the score to 4-3.

Neither squad managed much offense over the course of the next two half frames of work as both went 3-up and 3-down to keep the game a one-run affair before the Aces posted four runs in the bottom of the seventh to seal the victory.

Reno (30-25) out-hit Tacoma (23-31) 11-8 on the game. The Aces will look to complete the four-game series sweep of the Rainiers today with Game 4 set to start at 7:05 p.m.
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