RENO, Nev. – The Reno Aces topped the Tacoma Rainiers today 10-6 and moved to 49-33 on the season, thanks to a three-homer afternoon from Josh Rojas and all nine Aces batters registering a hit. The win snaps a losing streak, and extends the Aces lead on Tacoma for first
RENO, Nev. – The Reno Aces topped the Tacoma Rainiers today 10-6 and moved to 49-33 on the season, thanks to a three-homer afternoon from Josh Rojas and all nine Aces batters registering a hit. The win snaps a losing streak, and extends the Aces lead on Tacoma for first in the Triple-A West, West to three games.
Tacoma jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, but Reno quickly answered. Rojas crushed a solo homer to right, making it a 2-1 game.
Rojas, who’s playing in Reno on a major league rehab assignment, had not hit a homer in Triple-A since August of 2019.
Reno would bounce back quickly in the bottom of the second, with Nick Heath singling to score Ben DeLuzio and make it 2-2. The hit marked eight-straight games with a hit for the outfielder and two straight with an RBI. Then Heath stole second, making three-straight games with a stolen base and extending his team-leading total to 13.
Heath would come around to score on a Cooper Hummel single, giving Reno their first lead of the night. Shortly after that, Henry Ramos drove in Ildemaro Vargas to make it a 4-2 Aces lead.
The Aces bats kept going, tacking on three more in the third. DeLuzio came around to score on a Juniel Querecuto double and make it 5-2. Querecuto would come around to score as well, thanks to Rojas’ second homer of the afternoon.
Rojas’ moonshot to the right-field berm made it a 7-2 Aces lead through the first three innings of play.
Tacoma would add another run in the top of the fourth, and a two-run shot from Tacoma in the fifth would make it a 7-5 Aces lead.
In the eighth, Tacoma hit another homer to make it a one-run game. But in the home half of the inning, Rojas went yard again to make it 8-6.
The three homers marked the first time an Ace hit three in a game since Kevin Cron in 2019. The team kept adding, scoring on a Jake McCarthy RBI single and a DeLuzio sacrifice fly.
Brandyn Sittinger sealed the game in the ninth, allowing just one hit and striking out three in a scoreless frame.
The Aces will be back in action tomorrow, with first pitch set for 6:35 p.m. P.T from Greater Nevada Field. Tickets are available at RenoAces.com, or by texting TIXX to 21003, and the game can be heard on KPLY 630AM or on RenoAces.com with Zack Bayrouty on the call.