TACOMA, Wash.—Cesar Valdez earned his fifth-straight victory and the Reno bullpen held Tacoma silent on Saturday night, as the Aces downed the Rainiers 2-1 at Cheney Stadium.
Valdez (6-4) allowed just a run over six innings of work before handing the ball over to the Aces relief corps. Leo Rosales, Doug Slaten and Bobby Korecky would go on to keep Tacoma off the scoreboard over the game’s final three innings, locking down Reno’s third-straight victory.
The Aces hopped on the scoreboard first, using a solo homer off the bat of Ruben Gotay to take a quick 1-0 lead. Reno would extend the advantage to 2-0 in the fifth when Alex Romero doubled home Trent Oeltjen. Tacoma pushed across a run in the home half of the fifth, but the Reno bullpen would take over from there.
Saturday’s loss fell to Tacoma’s Doug Fister (3-1), who surrendered two runs on five hits over five innings of work.
Gotay finished with two of Reno’s seven hits on the evening and was the lone Ace with a multi-hit effort.
Reno looks for the series sweep on Sunday afternoon.