The Aces came into Sunday afternoon needing a win to take the five-game set against the visiting Tacoma Rainiers. Unfortunately for the Aces pitching staff, Tacoma came ready to hit. The Rainiers scored 18 runs on 22 hits to defeat Reno by a score of 18 to 9. Kevin Cron hit his MiLB-leading 19th home run and set the Aces franchise record for most RBI before June 1st. Alex Young picked up the loss (4.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 K) and Wyatt Mathisen led all Aces hitters with a 3-for-4, two-homer, five RBI, performance.
Alex Young and Jonathon Niese had a pitcher’s duel going through four innings of play. Niese had been tagged for two solo homers (Juniel Querecuto & Kevin Cron). Young allowed a single run in the fourth following a HBP and a single. Things took a turn for the worse in the top of the fifth. Tacoma plated eight runs on nine hits – seven consecutive – to take a commanding 9-2 advantage. Reno scrapped together a run in the fifth, two more in the seventh and four in the ninth, but it was not enough on Sunday afternoon. Tacoma’s Jon Niese picked up the win going 6.2 innings while allowing five runs on six hits. Reno and Tacoma will complete their five-game series tomorrow morning at 11:05 a.m. Taylor Clarke will get the nod for manager Chris Cron looking to win the series.