Early offense was the name of the game for the Sacramento River Cats as they jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the first inning and went on to a series-clinching 14-7 win over the Aces Sunday night at Aces Ballpark.
Starter Lucas Harrell struggled out of the gates. After he retired Alden Carrithers to start the game, he issued three consecutive walks. They came back to hurt when Shane Peterson plated a pair with a double, and Anthony Aliotti drove in the third run with an RBI groundout.
Both teams plated a single run in the second inning as Bobby Wilson got the Aces on the board with a two-out, RBI-single to score Andy Marte.
Trailing 4-1, Harrell ran into more trouble in the third. He allowed hits to three of the first four hitters in the inning. The third was a two-run triple by catcher Ryan Ortiz. The three-bagger gave the River Cats a 6-1 lead. They weren’t done as former Aces infielder Jake Elmore plated the seventh run with an RBI single and Andy Parrino made it 8-1 with a run-scoring double.
Reno’s offense kept putting runs on the board but they were never within striking distance. They score single tallies in the third and fourth to pull within 9-3.
Three more walks came back to haunt Reno pitchers in the fifth. Blake Cooper issued three straight walks and all came in to score after a sacrifice fly and a two-run double. Sacramento drew seven walks on the night and all seven came around to score.
The Aces collected six hits in the bottom of the fifth inning and scored four times to make it 13-7. Danny Dorn drove in a run with a triple, Alfredo Marte had an RBI-single and Andy Marte brought in a pair with a single down the left-field line.
Dorn finished the night 4-for-5 with a pair of singles, a double and triple. Reno had 15 hits on the night, the 14th time they’ve collected at least 15 hits in a game. It marks the first time they lost a game when doing so.
With the loss, the Aces trail the River Cats by 3.5 games in the Pacific Northern Division. They now welcome in-state rival Las Vegas for a four-game series set to begin Monday night. Right-hander Trevor Cahill (1-1, 3.32) starts for Reno against right-hander Giancarlo Alvarado (3-3, 6.41) for Las Vegas. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.