TUCSON, Ariz.— Reno’s high-octane offense was limited to just four hits Wednesday night, as the Tucson Padres collected a 6-3 victory over the Aces in the series finale at Kino Stadium.
Reno jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the second inning. Evan Frey singled home the Aces’ first run, before Collin Cowgill doubled to put Reno ahead 2-0. Cowgill stole third base, then scampered home with Reno’s third run on a throwing error. As it would turn out, though, that was all the Aces would get.
Tony Abreu singled through the hole at second base in the third inning to push his hitting streak to 24 games—a career-high and franchise record. But the Aces were held hitless the rest of the way.
Zach Kroenke (5-1) took the loss for Reno—his first Triple-A defeat since June 26 of last season. Kroenke surrendered six runs on nine hits over 5.2 innings. Out of the Reno bullpen, Jason Urquidez and Esmerling Vasquez combined on 2.1 scoreless frames.
Padres starter Jeremy Hefner (6-5) earned the win, scattering three runs—two earned—on four hits over 6.0 innings of work. Brad Brach collected the save in his Tucson debut.
The Aces now conclude the season’s first half with a four-game series at Tacoma. In Thursday’s opener, RHP Barry Enright (7-2, 3.99 ERA) gets the nod for Reno, while the Rainiers will counter with RHP Charlie Haeger (2-2, 8.85 ERA). First pitch from Cheney Stadium is set for 7:05 p.m. PT.