The Tacoma Rainiers didn’t bring runners across the plate when they got the chances to against the Reno Aces on Wednesday at Cheney Stadium.
They also failed to halt a double-digit losing streak against the top team in the Pacific Coast League North Division in a 9-0 loss.
Tacoma was 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position, and Reno earned its 16th win in a row over the Rainiers dating back to last year.
Tacoma was down 2-0 in the top of the fifth when Reno’s Stephen Drew sent a Jarrett Grube pitch over the right field wall for a 3-run homer. Ryan Wheeler made it back-to-back homers when right fielder Trayvon Robinson watched the ball sail over his head again for a 6-0 Aces’ lead.
Robinson had a chance to bring home a pair of runners in the second inning, but sent a sharp liner to third to end the threat. Mike Wilson had a similar opportunity the next inning, but with Alex Liddi and Carlos Peguero in scoring position he flew out.
It was the sixth time this season the Rainiers have been shut out after being held scoreless twice last year.
Tacoma will host the Aces again at 7:05 p.m. today. Blake Beavan (0-0, 5.40 ERA) takes the mound for the Rainiers against Reno’s Patrick Corbin (3-1, 3.45 ERA).