The Aces scored four times in the fourth inning on Tuesday, building a 6-2 lead. But the Grizzlies slowly chipped away, scoring single runs in the fifth and sixth to pull to within two. Brett Pill led off the ninth with a solo home run that cut the deficit to one, and the Grizzlies loaded the bases with one out in the final frame. But Aces closer Rafael Rodriguez struck out Brandon Belt and Ryan Rohlinger in succession to end the proceedings and force a series victory for the Aces.
Ransom hit a solo shot in the second inning, and later added doubles in the fifth and seventh innings to lead the charge on a 12-hit night for Reno. Wily Mo Peña extended his hitting streak to 15-straight games, while Tony Abreu, Cole Gillespie and Konrad Schmidt added two hits apiece.
Zach Kroenke (3-0) earned the win for Reno, scattering three runs—two earned—on eight hits over five innings of work. The southpaw walked two and struck out three. Out of the Aces bullpen, Jason Urquidez allowed a run in his lone inning, Kam Mickolio dealt two scoreless frames, and Rodriguez slammed the door on his second save.
Tuesday’s loss fell to Grizzlies starter Andrew Kown (2-2), who surrendered six earned runs on seven hits over four innings. Three Fresno relievers held Reno scoreless over the game’s final five frames.
After an off day on Wednesday, the Aces return home Thursday to open a four-game set with the Tacoma Rainiers. In the opener, RHP Matt Torra (1-0, 3.18 ERA) gets the nod for Reno, while the Rainiers will counter with LHP Luke French (0-3, 4.29 ERA). First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. PT, and it will be a Coors Light Thirsty Thursday™ presented by Lotus Radio and Reno News & Review.