TACOMA, Wash. - The Aces fell to Tacoma for the second straight night after Tacoma rallied with four runs to tie the game in the ninth inning and walked off in the bottom of the eleventh. The Rainiers, who collected 10 hits in the contest, only had two entering the ninth inning. Aces starter Braden Shipley would be robbed out of a victory in his first bid since July 25 before going on the disabled list. He tossed an impressive five and two-third innings, surrendering just one run while tying a career-best of two hits allowed with five strikeouts. With the loss, the Aces fall out of first place in the division.
Evan Marzilli highlighted the night offensively Saturday night with his three-hit, four RBI night, including two RBI single in the tenth inning. The loss marked the Aces fifth walk off loss of the season and just their second loss after leading after eight innings.
After Tacoma broke the game open in the second inning with a run on one hit, the Aces answered right back and took the lead in the third thanks to Vargas' one-out, two-run home run to right field, his third round-tripper against Tacoma this season. With two outs, Oswaldo Arcia extended Reno's lead to 3-1 on his solo home run, marking his 23rd total and first since August 5.
Reno continued the pressure in the next two innings, lengthening their advantage to 6-1. In the fourth, Marzilli plated two runs on his ground ball single up the middle, scoring Borenstein, who singled, and Rudy Flores who drew a walk. In the fifth, with two outs, Christian Walker singled to left field and Borenstein brought him all the way around with his 25th double.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Rainiers were gifted their second run after Danny Muno drew a one-out walk, advanced to third base on a pickoff throwing error, and scored on a wild pitch to cut the lead to 6-2.
In the bottom of the ninth, Jimmie Sherfy allowed two walks before giving up the third hit to Tacoma, a three-run home run to Mike Marjama to cut the Aces lead to one run. After a pitching change, sending Louis Coleman to the mound, a base hit and sacrifice fly would tie the game at six apiece to send the game to extra innings.
The Aces made an early jump with three quick runs on two hits to go up 9-6, but the Rainiers once again caught fire and brought the game right back to a 9-9 stand-still after Mitch Haniger and Danny Muno both homered in the inning.
After the Aces went down in order in the top of the eleventh, reliever Rubby De La Rosa allowed a leadoff single to Shawn O'Malley followed by a hit-by-pitch to Taylor Motter to put the winning run in scoring position. Daniel Vogelbach then clubbed a single to the left side of the over-shifted infield to plate the 10th and final run of the contest.
The loss brings the Aces to a record of 68-52 on the season with 22 regular season games to go. Reno continues the four-game series with the Tacoma Rainiers with game three tomorrow afternoon scheduled for 1:35 p.m. at Cheney Stadium. Reno returns home to Greater Nevada Field on August 15 to begin an eight-game homestand, the second-to-last of the 2017 season. Tickets are on sale now at renoaces.com. Follow the club all season long on Twitter (@Aces) or like the team on Facebook.
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