The Tacoma Rainiers have never had much success at Aces Ballpark, but when they do win the path to victory is clear — just keep scoring.
After falling behind early, Tacoma took a 5-4 lead in the top of the fifth inning and then kept tacking on runs, eventually finishing the night with a 10-4 win.
While the Rainiers were adding to their lead, relief pitcher Tyler Olson was putting up zeros.
The left-hander from Gonzaga delivered four shutout innings in relief of starter Logan Bawcom, needing just 52 pitches to prevent Reno from scoring during innings five through eight. He allowed three hits and no walks while striking out five.
It was the first really sharp outing for Olson since reporting to Tacoma. He’s made just three appearances for the Rainiers since being optioned to Tacoma.
Bawcom made his first career start after 230 relief appearances and left after four innings, trailing 4-3.
In the top of the fifth, Tacoma loaded the bases with one out. Reno removed starter Edgar Garcia and summoned Evan Marshall to face Leon Landry, and Landry grounded a two-run single up the middle to give Tacoma its first lead.
The Rainiers added two more runs in the sixth after an error extended the inning. Stefen Romero hit a two-out, two-run double to right-center, making it 7-4.
Tacoma added three more unearned runs in the eighth. A bases-loaded two-run single by John Hicks capped the scoring, and assured that all nine Tacoma starters had at least one hit.
It was a rare win for Tacoma at Aces Ballpark. The Rainiers are 14-35 all-time in the stadium, which was built in 2009. Tacoma has never won a series at Reno, but that can change: This is a rare three-game series, so Tacoma needs one win in the next two days to claim a series victory.
Veteran major league closer Kevin Gregg exercised a June 15 opt-out date in his contract and became a free agent. Gregg, 36, pitched in seven games for Tacoma, posting a 2.89 ERA in 91/3 innings. … Tacoma placed reliever Logan Kensing on the disabled list with arm soreness. … Tacoma’s Franklin Gutierrez extended his hitting streak to 18 games with a fifth inning double.
The teams meet for daytime baseball at 1:05. p.m. Tuesday. Tacoma starts right-handed pitcher Stephen Landazuri (0-3, 7.96 ERA) against Reno righty Parker Frazier (1-0, 3.75).