Parker Frazier threw seven strong innings to lead the Reno Aces to a 7-2 win over the Round Rock Express in his Aces debut Tuesday night.
Signed to a minor-league free agent deal just days ago, Frazier joined the Aces Monday and limited the Express to one run on six hits in seven innings at Aces Ballpark to earn the win.
The right-hander worked through a quick top of the first inning with a pair of strikeouts and turned it over to the offense. Nick Buss started the home half of the first with a sharp base hit up the middle. Danny Dorn followed with a hit of his own to move Buss to second. The next batter, Peter O'Brien, shot another single up the middle to score Buss and give Reno a 1-0 lead.
Jamie Romak added a run-scoring single two batters later to make it 2-0. The hit by Romak extended his hitting streak to ten games. In all, the Aces collected five hits in the opening inning off Express starter Ross Wolf.
The lone run Frazier allowed was in the third when Ryan Strausborger doubled in a run to cut the deficit in half at 2-1.
From there, the offense went back into gear. Back-to-back base hits by Blake Lalli and Danny Worth to start the fourth netted the Aces a pair of runs. Buss came through with a sacrifice fly and Dorn drove in a run with his second hit of the game.
Buss, Dorn, O'Brien, Romak, Mike Freeman and Worth all had multi-hit games for the Aces who banged out 14 hits in the win.
Nick Evans joined in with a two-run double down the right-field line in the bottom of the sixth to give the Aces a 7-1 lead. It was Evans' 18th double of the season and RBIs 45 and 46.
Reliever Jake Barrett tossed the final two innings for Reno. It was the second time in Barrett's career he went at least two innings.
Game two of the four-game series is set for Wednesday afternoon. The Aces (25-27) send right-hander Caleb Clay (4-2, 4.57) to the mound. The Express (31-20) have yet to name a starter. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.