Baseball: Reno Aces win opener on 2-run HR from Davidson
A two-run home run by Matt Davidson in the top of the ninth gave the Aces a 5-4 edge over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox on opening night at Security Service Field.
Davidson, ranked the D-backs’ No. 4 prospect by Baseball America, went 3-for-4 with 2 RBI in his Triple-A debut.
The Aces and Sky Sox scored three runs apiece in the fourth inning, remaining gridlocked until the ninth. Davidson’s homer put the Aces up 5-3, but the Sky Sox countered with another run in the bottom of the frame off reliever Evan Marshall.
Taylor Harbin and Brad Snyder recorded a hit each for Reno. Snyder’s double in the fourth plated two runs to give the Aces their first lead of the game.
Reliever Joe Paterson (1-0, 0.00 ERA) earned the win for the Aces, throwing a perfect frame in the eighth. Marshall (0-0, 0.00 ERA) was credited with his first save of the season.
Reno starter Randall Delgado (0-0, 5.79 ERA) cruised through his first three innings of work, retiring the first nine batters he faced. Delgado began to struggle, giving up three runs on four hits before he was pulled with two outs in the top of the fifth.
Jeff Manship (0-1, 4.50 ERA), who threw the eighth and ninth innings for Colorado Springs, was charged with the loss.
Reno returns to Aces Ballpark for the 2013 home opener on Friday, April 12. Tickets are on sale now at RenoAces.com, by calling (775) 334-7000 or by visiting the Aces Ballpark Ticket Office.
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.
SKY SOX 3, ACES 2
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.
Reliever Jeff Manship, who took the loss in the first game of the season on Thursday, earned the win for Colorado Springs. Manship gave up one earned run on three hits in an inning pitched.