The Salt Lake Bees topped the Reno Aces 9-6 in the first-game of a nine-game Nevada road trip Monday night in Reno, Nevada, getting things off to a strong start after an up-and-down series at home against Tacoma last week.
Salt Lake (44-33) trailed Monday’s game 6-3 after four innings, but rallied with two runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings. Jabari Blash and Rymer Liriano scored on Francisco Arcia’s RBI double in the sixth. Kaleb Cowart added an RBI single and Liriano drew a bases-loaded walk in the seventh to put the Bees in front, and Jose Fernandez led off the top of the eighth with his 11th home run of the season. Cowart later singled and eventually scored on a wild pitch to provide the final margin.
The Bees were coming off a split against Tacoma in their most recent series at home. The Rainiers won the series finale 5-4 on Sunday at Smith’s Ballpark, scoring the go-ahead run on an RBI double in the sixth inning. Taylor Ward hit a two-run home run in the first inning and Cowart had a two-run double in the fifth for Salt Lake.
On Saturday, five Bees pitchers combined to limit Tacoma to just one run on nine hits in a 4-1 Salt Lake win. After the Rainiers got on the board in the third, Nolan Fontana’s RBI double in the bottom of the fourth pulled the Bees even. Liriano added an RBI single in the fifth to give Salt Lake the lead, and Michael Barash’s RBI single and Cowart’s sacrifice fly gave the Bees two insurance runs in the sixth.
Friday didn’t go nearly as well for Salt Lake, as Tacoma thrashed the Bees 17-1. The Rainiers racked up 21 hits against six Salt Lake pitchers, including a two-inning relief appearance by Bees infielder Sherman Johnson after the game got out of hand late. Eric Young Jr.’s sacrifice fly in the fourth accounted for the Bees’ lone run.
In Thursday’s series opener, home runs by Liriano and Blash powered the Bees to a 6-3 win over the Rainiers. Dustin Ackley’s RBI single in the first gave the Bees the lead, and Blash’s solo home run in the third made it 2-0. Johnson added an RBI double later in the third, and Young’s ground-rule double in the fifth added to Salt Lake’s advantage. After Tacoma rallied in the sixth and seventh to cut the deficit to 4-3, Liriano’s two-run home run with one out in the eighth gave the Bees all the offense they needed.
The Bees will continue their four-game series against Reno tonight, with additional games Wednesday and Thursday. Following Thursday’s game, Salt Lake will travel to Las Vegas for a five-game series against the 51s.