Youth Prevails For Reno

The Reno Aces aren’t the youngest team in the PCL – they have a 39-year-old starting shortstop to prove otherwise – but their young players led the charge in a 4-3 win at Tacoma on Tuesday.

Making just his second Triple-A start, 23-year-old Aaron Blair bounced back from a rough Triple-A debut and held the hot-hitting Rainiers in check. He lasted 6.2 innings, giving up just two hits and one run while striking out six.

Tacoma starter Justin Germano was actually out-pitching Blair until there were two outs in the sixth inning. Two hits and a walk loaded the bases for 24-year-old Peter O’Brien, who deposited a 2-2 fastball into the R-Yard for a grand slam. It was O’Brien’s 15th home run of the season, which puts him in a three-way tie for the PCL lead.

The game was the 72nd of the year for the Rainiers – meaning we have reached the exact midpoint of the season. A win would have put Tacoma at .500 but instead the Rainiers hit the fulcrum at 35-37.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Reno’s Peter O’Brien hit a two-out grand slam in the top of the sixth inning and it held up as the Aces defeated Tacoma, 4-3. After eight straight games with 10+ hits, and a .354 team batting average on the just-completed road trip, Tacoma returned home and had just five hits in the loss.

Today: Reno (32-39) at Tacoma (35-37), 7:05 (Pacific).

Opponent Affiliation: Arizona Diamondbacks.

Season Series: Tied, 2-2.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Archie Bradley (—) at RHP Sam Gaviglio (7-5, 4.29)

Bradley is making a rehabilitation start; he’s 2-3, 5.80 as a rookie in the Arizona starting rotation. He’s already been on the DL twice – on April 28 he was struck in the face by a line drive, suffering a sinus fracture. He came back from that, made four starts, and then landed on the DL on June 4 with right shoulder tendonitis.

Hot Rainiers: Chris Taylor has a 11-game hitting streak, going 18-for-50 (.360) during the streak. Carlos Rivero has hit safely in ten of his last 11 games, has reached base safely in 14 straight, and is batting .365 in June.

Look Out ForNick Evans has a nine-game hitting streak, and he has homered in two of the last four games. Jamie Romak is 9-for-15 with two homers and eight RBI in four games against Tacoma this season.

I Know You: Found out last night that the Diamondbacks released Reno outfielder Trayvon Robinson on Sunday night, so the former Rainiers and Mariners player is not in Tacoma and instead is looking for work. Pitcher Blake Beavan is on the Reno disabled list; he is rehabbing in extended spring training and not with the team.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 6:50 (Pacific) on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.

PCL Scoreboard: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.

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