Aces Sweep Doubleheader in Iowa
The Reno Aces swept a doubleheader to improve to 22-24 on the season.
Wednesday, May 27th 2015, 11:53 PM PDT
The Reno Aces took care of the Iowa Cubs Wednesday night at Principal Park as they swept a doubleheader to improve to 22-24 on the season.
With the two wins, Reno has now won four consecutive games. They've outscored their opponents 36-9 during the winning streak.
Game one was all Aces as they thumped the Cubs, 13-1, behind a strong performance from starter Allen Webster and a huge game at the plate from Jamie Romak.
In his return from the disabled list, Webster tossed six strong innings and picked up his first win of the season. He allowed just one run on four hits and registered six strikeouts.
Romak's big game started in the second inning when he launched a solo home run to give the Aces a 2-1 lead. In the third, his RBI single plated Peter O'Brien to up the lead to 4-1. Jarrod Saltalamacchia added a sacrifice fly and the Aces held a 5-1 lead.
Reno busted the game wide open with a six-run sixth inning. Romak's second home run of the game was a one-out grand slam to give the Aces an 11-1 lead. Saltalamacchia didn't waste any time adding on as he blasted a solo homer to give the Aces their first back-to-back home runs of the season.
From there, Webster was on cruise control before handing off to Troy Marks who worked a 1-2-3 seventh inning to wrap up a game one win in convincing fashion.
Joining Romak with three-hit games was Danny Dorn (3-for-5, 2R, 2B) and Mike Freeman (3-for-4, 3 RBI, 1R). As a team, the Aces tallied 16 hits and went 7-for-13 with runners in scoring position in game one of the doubleheader.
In game two, the Aces used four pitchers to limit the Cubs to just five hits after they managed only four in game one. Justin Marks started and worked three innings, Kevin Munson pitched two scoreless frames, Kaleb Fleck worked a scoreless sixth and Jake Barrett fired a 1-2-3 seventh to close out a 3-2 win.
Dorn had the only RBI for the Aces with a third inning run-scoring double. The tying run in the third came on an error, and the go-ahead run in the fourth came on a strikeout-passed ball.
Munson was awarded the win and Barrett earned his 10th save in the process.
The series finale is set for Thursday morning in Des Moines. Right-hander Caleb Clay (4-2, 5.67) starts for the Aces against right-hander Donn Roach (5-0, 2.13) for the Cubs. First pitch is scheduled for 10:08 a.m. PST.