The Tacoma Rainiers fell victim early to the Reno Aces’ bats Thursday night, losing 6-1.
Starting pitcher Brandon Maurer gave up four runs on three hits and two walks in the first inning, putting the Rainiers in a tough spot. He didn’t last long, getting pulled before recording an out in favor of reliever Forrest Snow.
Snow entered the game with the bases loaded and stopped the bleeding for the Rainiers, allowing only one more first-inning run. In his four innings, Snow allowed one hit, one earned run and one walk.
Aces starting pitcher Mark Serrano shined against the Rainiers, as he struck out three batters while giving up one run in his seven innings of work. He recorded his first win this season and lowered his earned-run average to 1.50.
The Rainiers had a chance to score in the second inning with the bases loaded and two outs. Carlos Triunfel stepped to the plate, but he failed to push across any runners. Triunfel, however, got some redemption with a solo home run in the fifth inning. His home run was one of only four hits by the Rainiers, as they were stymied all night by Reno’s pitching staff.
Stefen Romero’s hitting streak ended at 10 games after he went 0-for-4. The same fate struck Abraham Almonte, who reached base in each of his previous seven games.
Right fielder Carlos Peguero hit two singles for the Rainiers.
Peguero will be one of two Rainiers, along with pitcher Brian Moran, to represent the Pacific Coast League in the Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday at Aces Ballpark in Reno, Nev.
“Peguero got a couple of nice hits tonight,” Rainiers manager John Stearns said. “He’s been a force in the league, and he’s just a guy that swings the bat with a lot of speed and power.
“He’s a guy with all kinds of major league skills.”
The Rainiers (55-40) still hold the best record in the Pacific Coast League Pacific Northern Division standings with a three-game lead on the Salt Lake Bees.
“It’s going to be hard to continue maintaining our lead because we don’t have the club that we had in the first half (of the season),” Stearns said. “Different guys are having to step up to take different roles on our team.”
Tacoma faces Reno on Friday at Cheney Stadium. Right-hander Chance Ruffin gets his first start this season against righty Charles Brewer (3-7, 5.38). First pitch is 7:05 p.m., and the game will be broadcast on 850 AM.