Tyler Skaggs was stellar in his 2013 debut, and Aces batters combined for 18 hits, en route to a 14-1 victory Sunday afternoon at Security Service Field.
The win secured a series split against Colorado Springs for Reno to open the season.
Skaggs, ranked the D-backs No. 1 prospect by Baseball America, earned the win for Reno. He threw 6.0 scoreless innings, giving up only four hits and recording four strikeouts.
The Aces offense was sparked by a two RBI double off the bat of Brad Snyder in the top of the fourth. A pair of doubles by Tyler Bortnick and Ed Easley pushed across two more runs in the frame to give Reno a 4-0 lead.
Following two scoreless innings, the Aces offense came alive again in the seventh inning, tacking on six more runs. Mark Teahen’s RBI double began the onslaught, and was followed by a two RBI single from Matt Davidson a couple of batters later. In his first start of 2013, Tyler Bortnick slammed a three run homer to left field, extending Reno’s lead to 10-0.
A solo home run by Kila Ka’aihue, his first of the season, added another run for Reno in the top of the eighth. The offense continued to perform through ninth, adding three runs in the last frame to bring the Aces’ final run count to 14.
Reliever Will Harris, who was added to Reno’s roster today after he was claimed off waivers from Oakland, gave up the lone run of the game for Colorado Springs in the bottom of the ninth, on an RBI single to right field.
Nick Schmidt was charged with the loss for the Sky Sox. He gave up four runs, all earned, on eight hits in 3.1 innings of work.
ACES 3, SKY SOX 2
Charles Brewer dealt a quality start in his 2013 debut, but the Aces fell 3-2 to the Sky Sox in a 15 inning affair Saturday afternoon at Security Service Field.
Brewer gave up only one earned run on five hits across six innings, with five strikeouts.
Colorado Springs got on the board early, off an RBI single from Nolan Arenado, but was unable to generate additional runs until the 15th inning. The Aces remained scoreless until the top of the seventh, when Brad Snyder made it home on a Tyler Kuhn groundout.
The teams remained tangled at one run apiece until a dramatic 15th inning that saw the Aces pull ahead 2-1 on an infield RBI single by reliever Garrett Mock.
The Sky Sox took advantage of Reno closer Evan Marshall, registering five singles and pushing across two runs in the bottom of the frame. Marshall was charged with a blown save and the loss.
Following Brewer’s stellar performances, the Reno relief corps gave up only three hits through eight innings until Marshall entered the game.
Polian to throw out first pitch
Brian Polian, recently appointed head coach of the University of Nevada Wolf Pack football team, has been chosen to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Aces Ballpark on Opening Night, the Aces announced recently.
Opening Night is set for Friday at 6:35 p.m., as the Aces take on the Sacramento River Cats, Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. To accommodate the large crowd, gates will open at 5 p.m.
Polian became the 26th head coach in the 106-year history of the Wolf Pack football program in January. Polian, 38, comes to Nevada after a year as the special teams coordinator and tight ends coach at Texas A&M. He also coached on both sides of the ball in years past, and earned a reputation as one of the top recruiters in the nation. His previous coaching roles include time at Stanford (2010-11), Notre Dame (2005-09), Central Florida (2004) and Buffalo (2001-03).
Polian’s appearance is just one part of the Opening Night festivities. Opening Night will also feature a magnet schedule giveaway available to 9,000 fans at the gates. At the conclusion of the game, fans can enjoy the first Saint Mary’s Fireworks Friday presented by KRNV News 4 of the season.