SALT LAKE CITY, Utah— The Aces’ offense never kicked into gear in a 12-3 loss to the Salt Lake Bees Wednesday night at Smith’s Ballpark.
Trailing 12-0, Reno avoided being shutout for the fifth time this year when Mike Jacobs singled through the left side in the ninth inning to score Andy Marte. Dustin Martin followed Jacobs with a two-run homer to deep right.
Salt Lake starter Jarrett Grube kept the Aces off balance over six scoreless innings. The only threat Reno posed was in the second when they loaded the bases. With one out, Jacobs and Martin collected back-to-back singles, and Blake Lalli walked.
Grube came back to strikeout Argenis Diaz, then retired Mike Freeman on a line drive to second. The right-hander struck out five and picked up his seventh win of the season.
The Bees got on the board against Charles Brewer in the next frame. Tommy Field drove a lead-off double to left-field and scored on a sacrifice fly by Roberto Lopez.
It remained 1-0 until Luis Jimenez drilled a two-out, two-run double down the left-field line to make it 3-0 in the fifth inning. Brewer was chased in the sixth when Field walked to start the inning and John Hester doubled to up Bees’ lead to 4-0.
Patrick Schuster relieved Brewer and retired the side but not before Lopez tacked on another run with a one-out RBI single.
The Bees added five runs in the eighth inning to complete the blow-out. Former Aces outfielder Tony Campana, who was traded to the Angels organization on July 5, was 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored.
Despite taking the loss, Brewer’s five frames put him at 349 career innings with the Aces. He passed Zach Kroenke for first-place on the all-time innings pitched list.
Garrett Weber singled in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to 13 games, the longest hitting streak for an Aces player this year. Marte finished the night 3-for-4 and upped his average to .316.
Right-hander Mark Serrano (2-0, 4.33) starts for the Aces in the series finale Thursday. He is opposed by left-hander Justin Thomas (4-8, 5.99). First pitch is scheduled for 5:35 PST.