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Aces Blowout the Bees 11-1

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 Nick Evans launched a grand slam and collected six RBI to lead the Reno Aces (@Aces) to an 11-1 win over the Salt Lake Bees in front of a sellout crowd of 9,883 fans at Aces Ballpark Saturday night. The Aces have won six consecutive games and nine of their last ten to even their record to 18-18. 

Evans and the rest of the lineup did their part while starter Caleb Clay (@CalebClay) held up his end of the deal. Clay allowed one run on five hits over seven innings to pick up his team-leading fourth win of the year.

Efren Navarro gave the Bees an early lead in the top of the first inning with a run-scoring single to right-center. The lead didn't last long as the Aces broke through against starter Drew Rucinski in the third.

With one out, Tom Belza (@TomBelza) and Danny Worth started a rally with back-to-back doubles. Worth's two-bagger scored Belza to even the game at 1-1. Mike Freeman (@MikeBFree5) followed worth with a walk, then Danny Dorn pitched in with an RBI single to give the Aces a 2-1 lead.

Peter O'Brien drew a walk to load the bases for Evans, who belted the first pitch he saw from Rucinski out of Aces Ballpark for a grand slam. It's Evans fourth home run of the year and the first grand slam hit by the Aces this year.

The Aces added to their 6-1 lead in the fourth as the first four batters reached to start the inning. Trayvon Robinson singled, and Belza and Worth walked to load the bases for Freeman. The second baseman lined a base hit up the middle to score a pair of runs and make it 8-1.

Three batters later, Evans added his second hit of the night – a two-run single to give him six RBI. He is the seventh player in Aces history to tally at least six RBI in a single game. Jeff Bailey and Cole Gillespie hold the team record with eight apiece.

The offense was more than enough for Clay who retired 12 of the final 14 batters he faced. Clay turned it over to Troy Marks for the final two innings. The University of Nevada-Reno product tossed two scoreless innings to finish the game.

The 9,883 fans is the second-largest crowd in the history of Aces Ballpark.

Freeman, Dorn and Jamie Romak joined Evans as Aces with multi-hit games. Freeman was 2-for-4 with 3 RBI, and Dorn's two hits left his average at .509.

Game two of the four-game series is set for Sunday afternoon. Left-hander Vidal Nuño (3-2, 3.23) starts for the Aces against left-hander Andrew Heaney (5-0, 3.62). First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. 

Aces Press Release

 5/16/15

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