Blake Beavan’s struggles continued against the Reno Aces.
Beavan allowed 10 hits in Reno’s 4-0 victory over the Tacoma Rainiers at Cheney Stadium on Sunday as the Aces swept the four-game series.
Beavan, making his first start for Tacoma since being sent down by the Seattle Mariners on Friday, walked one and struck out one. Reno has scored at least five runs against Beavan in four previous games.
Trouble was brewing early as Tuffy Gosewich doubled home a run to give the Aces a 1-0 lead in the second inning.
Tacoma had a chance in the bottom of the second, but Brandon Bantz grounded out with two runners on to end the inning.
“We’re not swinging the bats well,” Tacoma manager John Stearns said. “Having five hits, no runs and three walks is just not adequate offensively. We’re in this little spin right now with the bats, and we need to take this time off with the (All-Star) break to regroup and play better offense in the second half.”
In the top of the third inning, Mike Jacobs, who signed with Seattle in January but was released in spring training, singled to score Tony Campana for the Aces. Jacobs finished 3-for-4.
Brad Snyder smashed a two-run home run in the fourth inning for Reno to finish the scoring.
Reliever Brian Sweeney pitched two innings for Tacoma and didn’t allow a run or a hit. Sweeney has eight strikeouts in 12 innings pitched this month.
“Sweeney came in and pitched great again,” Stearns said. “I think the pitching has been fairly good. We just didn’t score and we didn’t have it going on offensively.”
Of the Rainiers’ five hits, one was a single by Scott Savastano, who extended his hitting streak to six games. Tacoma was held to three runs by the Aces in the series.
“We have a lot of work to do,” Stearns said. “We have to play better offensively than we did this series. We made Reno’s pitchers all look like Cy Young Award winners.”
MORAN FANS ’EM
Tacoma pitcher Brian Moran ranks second in the league with 12.52 strikeouts per nine innings pitched. The left-handed reliever has struck out 15 batters over his past 152/3 innings pitched.
The Rainiers’ next game after the All-Star break is Thursday at 7:05 p.m. at the Fresno Grizzlies. The game will be broadcast on 850-AM.