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Benches Clearing Brawl Overshadows Aces 7-3 Win

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In a game punctuated by two benches-clearing incidents, the Reno Aces defeated the Albuquerque Isotopes, 7-3, to even up the four-game series at one win apiece.

Albuquerque struck first as Clint Robinson singled in Chone Figgins to take an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. Reno countered with three in the bottom of the first, getting run-scoring hits from Jordan Pacheco and Mike Jacobs, and a sacrifice fly from Andy Marte.

Tempers flared between the two clubs in the top of the second inning. Albuquerque’s Esribel Arruebarrena took exception to a pitch from Reno’s Mike Bolsinger that was high and inside, and both teams’ benches and bullpens cleared in an incident that was largely free of physical contact. Arruebarrena struck out in the at-bat, and got into an altercation with Aces catcher Blake Lalli that led to another benches-clearing incident. This time, punches were thrown. When the dust settled, Arruebarrena and Lalli were ejected, along with seven other players. Aces manager Phil Nevin was also ejected from the game.

Reno added another run in the fourth on Argenis Diaz’s two-out RBI single to drive in Dustin Martin. The teams traded two-out runs in the fifth, with Jamie Romak singling in Tim Federowicz for Albuquerque, and Andy Marte doubling in Garrett Weber for Reno.

Reno added two more two-out runs when Bobby Wilson singled in Pacheco and Marte with a two-run single in the seventh. Clint Robinson closed out the evening’s offense with an RBI single in the ninth to plate Federowicz.

Bolsinger (6-1) pitched out of trouble throughout the night as he allowed nine hits but stranded nine base runners in the process. Joe Paterson pitched 2/3 of a scoreless inning, and Kevin Munson gave up a run in the ninth while tossing the final 2 2/3 for Reno.

Zach Lee (6-9) took the loss for Albuquerque, giving up five runs on ten hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Weber, Pacheco, Marte and Roger Kieschnick all picked up a pair of hits. Weber and Pacheco each scored a pair of runs, with Marte and Lalli driving in two apiece.

The third game of the four-game series is set for Sunday evening at Aces Ballpark. Left-hander Andrew Chafin (4-4, 5.45 ERA) takes the hill for Reno, while Albuquerque counters with right-hander Jeff Bennett (4-5, 4.19). First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m.

Reno Aces Press Release


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