RENO, Nev. – The Tacoma Rainiers fell short 1-0 in a pitchers’ duel with the Reno Aces at Aces Ballpark on Saturday night.
Rainiers starter James Paxton was dealt the loss despite limiting the Aces to one run on four hits over eight innings in his second complete-game effort this season. The left-hander struck out four without issuing a walk. He has now combined to produce a 2.42 ERA over his last eight turns in the rotation.
Reno’s Zeke Spruill (4-3) collected the win after holding the Rainiers scoreless on six hits and one walk issued over eight innings. Reliever Kevin Munson tossed a scoreless frame in the ninth to record the save.
The only run in the contest arrived in the bottom of the second inning. Aces catcher Tuffy Gosewisch hit a sacrifice fly to center field that cleared the way for outfielder Alfredo Marte to score what turned out to be the game-deciding run.
One game removed from a season-high six-hit effort on Friday, outfielder Carlos Peguero turned in the Rainiers only extra-base hit - a leadoff double in the second. Third baseman Nate Tenbrink went 1-for-4 with a single to stretch his hitting streak to seven games.
The Rainiers (60-48) look to rebound in the third game of the team’s four-game series at Reno (43-65) tomorrow, July 28. Right-hander Andrew Carraway gets the start for Tacoma against Aces right-hander Charles Brewer (4-9, 5.47). First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m.
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