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Aces Top Redbirds 8-2

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In his first career Triple-A start, RJ Hively cruised through 6 1/3 innings to lead the Reno Aces to an 8-2 win over the Memphis Redbirds Saturday night at Aces Ballpark.

The win is the fourth straight for the Aces who climbed to 66-68, the closest they have been to .500 since they were 25-27 on June 2.

Hively filled the void left by Allen Webster who was announced as the Diamondbacks’ starter for tomorrow’s game against Oakland.

Memphis put a pair of runners on base in the first inning, but Hively retired Jacob Wilson on a fly out to right field to end the threat. From there, the right-hander faced the minimum through the sixth inning. The lone baserunner from the second through sixth was Dan Johnson who walked to start the fourth. He was quickly erased on a 3-6 double play.

It didn’t take long for the Aces to put runs on the board for Hively to work with. Todd Glaesmann hit a one-out double down the right field line to put a baserunner on for Nick Evans. On an 0-2 pitch from John Gast, Evans launched his 16th home run of the year, a two-run shot to give the Aces a 2-0 lead.

Phil Gosselin led off the third with a walk and quickly moved to third on Glaesmann’s second double of the game. Evans collected his third RBI of the night with a groundout to up the lead to 3-0. After Jamie Romak was retired for the second out, Brandon Drury tacked on another run with an RBI single to center.

Gosselin was at it again in the fourth when he sent a double to the gap in right-center to score a pair of runs to extend the lead to 6-0. The Aces added a single tally in the fifth on the third Redbirds error of the night.

Hively’s first sign of trouble didn’t come until the seventh inning. Dan Johnson singled to spark the Redbirds. Jeremy Hazelbaker followed with a double to left-center to score Johnson. Hively came back to strikeout Jacob Wilson, but then walked Dean Anna to end his night.

Kevin Munson was summoned from the bullpen and walked Ed Easley to load the bases. Alex Mejia cut the Redbirds deficit to 7-2 with an RBI groundout, and Munson struck out Anthony Garcia to end the inning.

Reno added another run in the seventh when Romak blasted his 25th home run of the season off the scoreboard. His 25 home runs is tied for the second most in a single-season in Aces franchise history.

Munson worked a 1-2-3 eighth inning and Kevin Vance tossed a scoreless ninth when he got out of a bases loaded jam with a 5-3 double play to end the game.

Hively allowed two runs on four hits in 6 1/3 innings to earn his second win with Reno. He walked a pair and struck out seven. Gast was charged with the loss after he allowed four runs in three innings.

Glaesmann’s first inning double extended his hitting streak to ten games. He finished the night 2-for-4 with 2 doubles and 2 runs scored. He is hitting .472 (17-for-36) with 10 runs scored, 7 RBI, 9 doubles, 2 home runs and 1 triple during the hitting streak.

Romak and Drury added multi-hit games while Evans knocked in three runs to bring his season total to 88.

The series and homestand finale is set for Sunday afternoon at Aces Ballpark. The Aces have not announced a starter to face left-hander Tyler Lyons (9-5, 3.14) for Memphis. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.

Nevada Press Release 

8/29/15

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