Offense was on display Sunday afternoon as the Aces slugged their way past the Salt Lake Bees, 17-11, at Aces Ballpark. Reno was paced by designated hitter Mike Jacobs who collected a career-high seven RBI.
Reno used five-run outbursts in the second, third and fourth innings to erase an early 5-0 deficit.
Kole Calhoun and Matt Long each had a pair of run-scoring base hits in the first two innings to help the Bees jump in front against Aces starter Charles Brewer.
The comeback started in the home half of the second when Reno scored five runs, all with two outs. The rally started when Nick Evans was hit by a Brooks Raley pitch with the bases loaded. Jacobs followed with his first hit of the game, a two-run single to left. Andy Marte then tied the game at 5-5 when Salt Lake second baseman Taylor Lindsey and Long collided on a shallow pop fly to right-center.
The third inning brought five more runs for the Aces as DiDi Gregorius, Evans and Jacobs had consecutive run-scoring hits, including a two-run homer from Jacobs. The blast down the right-field line was his eighth of the year.
After Salt Lake scored a single tally off Brewer in the fourth to make it 10-7, Reno upped their lead with another five-spot. Hits in the fourth came from Nick Ahmed who drove in a run with a double off the wall, Tony Campana who tripled to score Ahmed, and Evans and Jacobs. Jacobs’ third hit of the game, a double, brought home two more to make it 15-7 after four.
The Bees didn’t go quietly as first baseman Roberto Lopez clubbed a three-run homer in the top of the fifth to highlight a four-run inning, drawing Salt Lake to within four runs at 15-11.
Gregorius and Evans started the sixth with a single and double, respectively. Jacobs’ seventh RBI of the game came on a groundout to score Gregorius. Marte then hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Evans to cap the scoring at 17-11.
The four-hit outing for Gregorius was the first of the year for the shortstop and fourth time an Aces player has collected four hits in a game. Evans, Jacobs and Ahmed all had three hits in the outburst.
The win put the Aces a season-best four games over .500 and within a half-game of front-running Sacramento in the Pacific North. They finished the season-long, 12-game homestand with an 8-4 record.
Reno hits the road for an eight-game trip set to begin Monday night in Tacoma. Right-hander Bo Schultz (2-3, 5.29) gets the ball for the Aces against Rainiers right-hander Matt Palmer (0-0, 3.38) in game one of the set. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m.