Right-hander Gabriel Arias posted a third straight quality start by a Reno starting pitcher, and solo shots by Nick Evans and Trayvon Robinson powered the Aces (@Aces) past Sacramento, 3-2, Sunday afternoon at Raley Field.
A day after defeating Matt Cain and Sacramento by one run, the Aces grabbed another one-run victory over a River Cats' starting pitcher on a Major League rehab.
Facing Sacramento (30-41) right-hander Jake Peavy – the 2007 NL Cy Young award winner with San Diego – Reno (31-39) failed to capitalize on early scoring opportunities.
The Aces instead did their damage with nobody on base.
Nick Evans tied the game at one with a solo shot off of Peavy in the third, just a half-inning after Sacramento took a 1-0 lead. The blast came after Reno squandered four runners on base through the first two frames.
In the second, River Cats catcher Hector Sanchez cleared the wall in right – technically – for a solo shot, thanks to a friendly carom off the heel of the glove of Aces' right fielder Peter O'Brien.
The game remained tied until Adam Duvall put the home team back in front in the home half of the sixth with a towering solo homer to left.
Peavy exited after six innings of five-hit, one-run ball, but the River Cats' bullpen quickly surrendered the lead. Pinch-hitting for Arias, Trayvon Robinson greeted left-hander Steven Okert with a solo drive to left, tying the game again at two.
And the Aces were not finished.
Nick Buss (@chilibuss) followed Robinson's homer with a walk and promptly moved to second on a passed ball by Sanchez. Buss then utilized his speed by stealing third and scoring on a throwing error by Sanchez, the third error of the game for Sacramento.
With their first lead of the game and an ever-improving bullpen, Reno hung on for the final two-and-a-half innings. Seth Simmons (@SizzleSimmons95) and Dan Runzler combined for a 1-2-3 eighth inning, and Matt Stites (@matt_stites) recorded his second save of the series with a scoreless ninth.
Arias (3-1) picked up the win after allowing two earned runs on four hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out seven. Peavy had to settle for a no-decision while Okert (1-3) was tagged with the loss.
The win gave the Aces their first-ever sweep of Sacramento in the teams' seven-year series history. The Aces have won four straight and five of their last six overall.
The Aces have an off-day Monday before opening up a three-game series at Tacoma Tuesday night. Right-hander Aaron Blair (0-1, 18.00) gets the nod against right-hander Justin Germano (6-2, 2.92) for the Rainiers. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m.
Reno Aces Press Release