After being no-hit by Reno starter Randall Delgado for five innings, the Tacoma Rainiers put up six runs in their final three innings this afternoon to beat the Aces 7-4. The big blow was a two-out, two-run homer by center fielder Corey Patterson in the bottom of the seventh, putting the Rainiers up 5-3 and proving to be the game winner.
Shortstop Nick Franklin had hit a booming double to left field to continue the inning and bring up Patterson, who was making his first appearance for Tacoma this season after arriving from extended spring training in Arizona.
Franklin was the catalyst all day at the top of the lineup for the Rainiers, walking and scoring their first run in the fourth inning, and doubling to start a two-run, game-tying rally in the sixth. He finished 2-for-3 with two doubles and three runs scored.
Rainiers starter Andrew Carraway, meanwhile, overcame a rocky start in which he gave up a two-run homer to the Aces’ Matt Davidson in the first inning for a quick 2-0 deficit. But he shut Reno down the rest of the way, allowing just three runs in seven innings, with one walk and two strikeouts to pick up the win.
Trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth, left fielder Stefen Romero plated Franklin with a single into left, and later came around to score on Mike Zunino’s sacrifice fly to tie it up. Patterson then blasted the game winner way over the right field wall in the seventh, and Carlos Peguero launched an opposite field two-run homer into the Rainiers’ bullpen for some insurance in the eighth inning. Brian Moran came on to pitch a scoreless eighth for the Rainiers, while Danny Farquhar gave up a run in closing it out in the ninth.
The Rainiers closed out their home stand with a 7-1 record, as they remain in first place with a 21-11 overall record.