The Reno Aces celebrated Keep Tahoe Blue night with a 7-1 win over the Tacoma Rainiers Saturday night.
Mark Serrano earned his second straight win going five innings and allowing just one run on four hits, one walk and one strikeout.
After allowing an early run in the first, Aces pitchers kept Tacoma bats silent holding the Rainiers to seven hits in the game. Patrick Schuster, Kameron Loe, and Will Harris combined for the last four innings.
“A phenomenal job by our pitching staff against a team that came in swinging the bats very well. Obviously it started with Serrano, but we go through that game throwing under 100 pitches. To throw under 100 pitches in this park is pretty good,” said manager Phil Nevin.
Reno’s offense posted seven runs in the first four innings for the team’s first win of the series. Andy Marte started the scoring in the first with a two-run single scoring Danny Dorn and Roger Kieschnick.
Reno added two more in the second and third inning off RBI groundout by Argenis Diaz scoring Aaron Cunningham and an Alfredo Marte solo homerun, his 11th of the season.
Garrett Weber topped off the scoring with a three-run homer in the third. Since being called up from Double-A Mobile on June 29, Weber has been hitting .488 with 13 RBIs, 10 runs, 3 homers, 4 doubles and 2 triples.
“We really don’t have a proto-typical lead off man, but I don’t really believe in that stuff, I mean, unless you got a big time on-base base stealer guy, but right now (Weber) has been getting on base and I thought it was the right fit for tonight,” Nevin said.
Reno’s seven runs came off a total of 10 hits.
The Aces were wearing special edition Keep Tahoe Blue jersey’s with replica ones being auctioned off during the game. In total, $4,570 was raised throughout the night.
Reno won its final game of the series Sunday night earning a split and putting the team at 54-49.