Someone finally scored in the sixth inning. Unfortunately for Aces fans, it wasn’t who they had hoped for. Bryan LaHair led off for Tacoma in the sixth and hit a solo home run to right center to break the deadlock. Later in the inning, Prentice Redman reached on a single and scored.
The Rainiers took the 2-0 lead into the top of the eighth.
Travis Blackley (2-6) started off with the pitching duties for Reno (55-51). Blackley worked five-plus innings and allowed two runs on seven hits. He finished with seven strikeouts and two walks, leaving him with a 5.08 ERA.
For the Rainiers, Chris Seddon (7-5) was on the hill. Seddon did not give up any runs in six full innings of work.
“Their pitcher pitched great,” Aces manager Brett Butler said. “I feel bad for Blackley. He pitched very well.”
Butler said he was impressed with Blackley’s stamina on the mound.
“He started early. I thought about taking him out in the fourth and fifth,” Butler said. “I let him dictate … He threw more innings than I expected.”
Reno finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the eighth. Rusty Ryal led off with a singled and stole second. He scored on a single by Brandon Allen who went 4-4. The Aces ended the inning trailing 4-1 and were unable to capitalize on the push from Allen and Ryal in the inning.
Allen has gotten at least one hit in 14 consecutive games. He had one RBI on the night.
“It’s been a blessing to be able to come out every day and at least get a hit,” Allen said. “I’m coming in and getting more work done and staying consistent in my approach.”
In the top of the ninth, Reno reliever Abe Woody walked Jerry Owens, struck out Matt Tuiasosopo and walked Mike Carp. With Carp and Owens on, Mike Wilson singled to score Owens for a 5-1 Rainiers edge. There was still just one out and that was just the start of problems for Woody.
LaHair singled to load the bases and Redman didn’t disappoint with a deep triple to clear the bases, landing Redman on third for an 8-1 lead. Redman scored on an Adam Moore single.
The loss breaks an Reno's 11-game winning streak over Tacoma. The Aces and the Rainiers are set to play again today at 7:05 p.m. in the last game of this series. Billy Buckner (5-3) is set to start and Any Baldwin (5-7) will take the mound for Tacoma.
After tonight's game, Reno hosts a series against Colorado Springs starting Saturday.