The winning ways of the Reno Aces (@Aces) continued with a 7-2 win over the Fresno Grizzlies Monday night at Aces Ballpark. The Aces have won four in-a-row and 10 of their last 12 games.
Starter Edgar Garcia and first baseman Jamie Romak set the tone for the Aces (37-41) who won four of five games in the series against the first-place Grizzlies.
Garcia continued the recent stretch of strong starting pitching for the Aces with 5 2/3 scoreless innings. He scattered four hits and two walks while recording five strikeouts. Over the last 11 games, Aces starters have thrown 69 innings and have a 1.43 ERA during the span.
Romak blasted a pair of home runs and finished 3-for-4 with 3 RBI and a pair of runs scored on the night.
Garrett Weber (@_weber5) and Brandon Drury wasted little time getting a lead for Reno. Weber tripled to start the bottom of the first and Drury laced a base hit through the left-side to make it 1-0.
Romak's first homer of the night was a solo blast to deep left-center in the bottom of the third. In the fifth, with Nick Evans on first, Romak launched a two-run blast to straightaway center-field off the batter's eye to build the lead to 4-0.
While the offense was putting runs on the board, Garcia was dialed in on the bump. He faced one jam on the night when he retired Matt Duffy on a fly-out to right-field to end the top of the third with the bases loaded. He alternated singles with strikeouts in the sixth inning and was lifted in favor of left-hander Matt Reynolds who got out of a first-and-third jam by striking out Jonathan Villar.
Fresno cut the deficit in half in the top of the seventh with a pair of runs. Threatening for more with runners at the corners and one out, J.C. Ramirez got Alex Presley to bounce into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.
In the eighth, it was left-hander Dan Runzler who helped Ramirez out of a jam. He got Tyler Heineman to ground into a 4-6 fielder's choice with a pair of runners on base for the Grizzlies.
Reno added three runs in the home half of the eighth when Weber launched a three-run home run to left-center. He finished the series 5-for-11 with 7 RBI, 5 runs, 2 home runs and 2 triples against his hometown team.
Evan Marhall (@emarsh31) worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning to close out the win for the Aces.
The Aces head to Albuquerque for a four-game series set to begin Tuesday night. Right-hander Caleb Clay (4-5, 4.76) starts for Reno against left-hander Yohan Flande (3-3, 7.11) for Albuquerque. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 PST at Isotopes Park.
Reno Aces Press Release