Andy Ferguson struck out ten over six innings to lead the Omaha Storm Chasers to a 7-1 win over the Reno Aces (@Aces) Saturday night in Omaha.
It was the first time in Ferguson's career he reached the double-digit strikeout threshold. He recorded at least one strikeout in every inning he pitched, and notched two in the third, fourth and fifth innings.
The loss is the sixth consecutive for the Aces, tying a season-long streak.
Ferguson and Aces starter Vidal Nuño matched zeroes early. Nuño retired the first nine batters he faced in just 35 pitches. He set down Francisco Pena, Lane Adams and Dusty Coleman in order in five pitches in the third.
Reno struck first when they pushed across a single tally in the fourth. Back-to-back two-out doubles from Nick Evans and Mike Freeman (@MikeBFree5) gave the Aces a 1-0 lead.
It didn't last as Omaha got through against Nuño in the home half of the fourth. Orlando Calixte laced a one-out single to left-field, and trotted home when Brett Eibner blasted a two-run homer to give the Storm Chasers a 2-1 lead.
They would build on the lead as the night went on. Back-to-back doubles by Jose Martinez and Pena made it a 3-1 game in the fifth. After Nuño retired Adams on a comebacker, Dusty Coleman hit a two-run home run to give Omaha a 5-1 lead.
The Aces weren't able to muster any offense after the single run in the fourth inning. They put a runner at third in the seventh inning but that's as close as they'd get to another run. After Ferguson, left-hander Buddy Baumann threw three scoreless innings to earn the save.
Evans led the Aces offensively with a 3-for-4 night at the plate. He has hit safely in seven consecutive games.
The series finale between the Aces and Storm Chasers will be played Sunday night. Left-hander Robbie Ray (1-3, 4.15) starts for Reno against right-hander Yohan Pino (2-0, 0.75) for Omaha. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 PST.