Aces Release


The Reno Aces bid for a series win came up short in a 6-3 loss to the New Orleans Zephyrs Monday night at Aces Ballpark.

The two starting pitchers, Reno's Allen Webster and New Orleans' Rob Morey were locked in a pitchers' duel in the early innings. Webster kept the Zephyrs off the scoreboard through the first four innings and racked up eight strikeouts in the process. Morey held up his end of the deal by limiting the Aces to just three hits in six shutout innings.

Webster found trouble in the fifth when he issued a two-out walk to Morey. He then walked Jordany Valdepsin, putting Morey at second. Reid Brignac made the walks hurt when he lined a base hit to left, scoring Morey to make it 1-0.

Webster was pulled in favor of a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the fifth. He allowed one run on five innings and set a season-high with nine strikeouts.

New Orleans (25-24) broke the game open in the seventh with a five-spot. After an inning-opening base hit by Brandon Bantz, an error by shortstop Danny Worth cost the Aces (24-27) and pitcher Dan Runzler a possible double play. Instead of two outs and nobody on, New Orleans had two on with nobody out.

Like the walks in the fifth, the Zephyrs capitalized with authority. They got run-scoring hits from Valdespin, Brignac, Vinny Rottino and Juan Diaz to open up a 6-0 lead.

The Aces cut the deficit in half with three runs in the seventh and eighth innings. Nick Evans had a pinch-hit RBI single to get the Aces on the board. They took advantage of an error by shortstop Juan Diaz and pulled within 6-2 in the seventh.

Reno put together three hits in the bottom of the eighth but came away with only one run on Worth's RBI single. With two on and two out, Blake Lalli popped out to end the inning.

Zephyrs' closer Nick Wittgren shut down any hopes of a rally in the ninth. Pinch-hitter Todd Glaesmann singled to start the inning but was quickly erased on a double play. Wittgren retired Garrett Weber on a groundout to end the game.

The Aces welcome the Round Rock Express, the Triple-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, to town for a four-game series set to begin Tuesday. Right-hander Caleb Clay (4-2, 4.57) gets the ball for the Aces against right-hander Ross Wolf (5-3, 6.59) for the Express. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.