It was a great night to enjoy home runs leaving Cheney Stadium on Wednesday night.
Unless you were a Tacoma Rainiers fan.
The Rainiers’ return to Cheney Stadium after an eight-game road trip was filled with disappointment as they dropped the series opener with Reno, 7-0, as the Aces hit four home runs.
Forrest Snow took the mound for the homestand opener and looked sharp early. Despite allowing a solo home run in the first inning to Nick Evans, Snow was delivering strikes and struck out four of his first five batters.
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Snow was again taken deep in the third inning, this time by Blake Lalli. That gave Reno a 2-0 lead.
“He left some balls up and they didn’t miss them,” Rainiers manager Pat Listach said. “That’s a big, strong team over there. They got some big boys and a lot of power. You make mistakes and that’s what happens.”
The Aces weren’t done. In the fourth, Jamie Romak homered with one out, his 22nd of the season. Later in the inning with one aboard, Todd Glaesmann added a moonshot of his own, adding to giving the Aces a 5-0 lead.
That chased Snow from the game after only four innings. He allowed five runs on four hits and walked one batter. He finished with five strikeouts. It was a career high for home runs allowed for Snow.
This was nothing new for Reno’s offense or Tacoma’s pitching staff. Coming into Wednesday’s game, the Rainiers led the Pacific Coast League in homers allowed with 116 and Reno led the league by hitting 108 home runs.
Relief could come Thursday with Jordan Pries starting for the Rainiers. He has allowed only .64 home runs per game, one of the best marks among Tacoma’s starters.
Reliever Tyler Olson fared little better. Stepping in for Snow in the fifth, he allowed two runs on three hits with one walk. Listach shouldered some of the blame for Olson, noting he had not gotten a chance to pitch in four days.
The Rainiers collected only two hits and were shut out by Reno for the first time since July 2, 2014. That was also a 7-0 loss.
“I think with our team, the offense we have and the players we have, we should do a better job against them,” Listach said.
Tacoma’s Chris Taylor entered Wednesday’s game with a 10-game hitting streak. That streak was broken, but he did draw three walks. … Logan Kensing pitched two scoreless innings for the Rainiers, allowing only two hits. … Tony Zych also pitched two scoreless innings for the Rainiers, allowing two hits and striking out four.
The second contest of the five-game series against Reno will feature right-hander Pries (6-3, 5.35 ERA) getting the start for Tacoma. The Aces did not announce a starter as scheduled starter Allen Webster was called up Wednesday by the Arizona Diamondbacks. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.