Aces drop series opener to 51s
The Reno Aces fell 9-5 to the Las Vegas 51’s in the first game of the series on Monday night at Aces Ballpark.
D-backs No. 1 prospect Tyler Skaggs struggled in his fifth start of the season, giving up eight runs-five earned-on nine hits through 4.2 innings, including a five run fourth inning. The Aces combined for four errors, two each in the second and fourth innings.
Reno started to rally in the bottom of the eighth, pushing across three runs on five hits. Tyler Bortnick’s RBI double pushed across a couple runs, but a play at the plate ended the threat.
Chris Owings, who entered the game tied with Albuquerque’s Scott Van Slyke as baseball’s hits leader, added two more tonight, bringing his total to 40 hits on the season.
Skaggs was charged with his third loss of the season. Bryan Henry threw two scoreless innings of relief to end the game, giving up only one hit in his first appearance of the season.
D.J. Mitchell earned the win for his effort. He threw 5.1 innings, giving up only one earned run on four hits.
ACES 11, GRIZZLIES 2
Each Reno batter collected at least one hit, and Charles Brewer dealt a quality start en route to an 11-2 Aces victory over the Fresno Grizzlies on Sunday afternoon at Aces Ballpark.
Reno jumped on the board in the first inning for the third-straight game, pushing across three runs in the frame. Tyler Bortnick singled to lead off the inning, and Taylor Harbin followed with his second home run of the season.
The Aces continued to build on their lead, taking an 8-1 advantage into the bottom of the eighth. Fresno reliever Ramon Ramirez walked Taylor Harbin with the bases loaded to plate a run for Reno, and the Aces went on to push across two more runs in the frame to take an 11-1 lead.
Brewer, who earned his first win of the season for his effort, held the Grizzlies to just one run on five hits through 8.0 spectacular innings of work. The lone run came on an RBI single in the third inning. Brewer recorded nine strikeouts in the stretch, the highest mark for an Aces starter this season.
GRIZZLIES 9, ACES 6
The Aces fell 9-6 to the Fresno Grizzlies on Saturday night at Aces Ballpark.
Outfielder Tony Campana went 2-for-4 on the night with a run scored. Chris Owings and Ka’aihue also had a multi-hit game for Reno. Catcher Ed Easley hit his first home run of the season, a 2-run shot.
ACES 9, GRIZZLIES 8
The Aces held several leads, but ultimately fell 9-8 to the Fresno Grizzlies on Friday night at Aces Ballpark.
Reno jumped on the board early, posting two runs in the bottom of the first, including a solo homer off the bat of Kila Ka’aihue. The homer marked Ka’aihue’s first at Aces Ballpark this season, and fifth overall.
The Aces continued to battle for control the rest of the night. The game saw several lead changes, with at least one run put on the board every frame except the ninth.
The clubs were tangled at eighth going into the eighth inning, when Fresno plated a run to take a 9-8 lead. Fresno reliever Heath Hembree was able to silence the Aces in order in the ninth to end the game.
Reno’s Tony Campana and Matt Davidson each collected two hits and an RBI on the night.