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El Paso Sweeps Aces in Doubleheader

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The El Paso Chihuahuas swept the Reno Aces in a doubleheader Saturday night at Aces Ballpark.

The Chihuahuas cruised to a 10-0 win in game one with a pair of big innings and held of the Aces in game two to grab a 4-2 win.

In game one, El Paso scored four runs in the second, then plated six runs in the top of the seventh.

Hunter Renfroe delivered the big blow in the second inning with a two-run double off of Aces starter Blayne Weller to make it 4-0. Weller settled in and retired the next ten batters he faced, but the offense never got into gear.

El Paso starter Robbie Erlin threw a five-hit, complete-game shutout. The only real threat the Aces put together was in the third inning when they put two runners on but failed to score. Nick Evans had a pair of hits, including his 37th double of the season in the loss.

Just like game one, El Paso started fast with a four-run top of the second inning in game two. Robert Kral got the scoring started with a run-scoring single deep off the center field wall. Aces starter RJ Hively then walked the pitcher to up the Chihuahuas’ lead to 2-0.

It got worse when Casey McElroy sent a double down the right field line to extend the lead to 4-0.

Jamie Romak led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a hustle double on a ground ball hit up the middle. He moved to third on a fly out and scored on Mike Freeman’s RBI groundout.

Relievers Justin Marks and Andrew Chafin kept the Chihuahuas off the board and gave the Aces a chance. Marks relieved Hively in the second and tossed 3 2/3 scoreless frames. Chafin pitched a 1-2-3 sixth.

Romak manufactured a run of his own when he belted a solo homer to lead off the bottom of the sixth. The blast was the 27th of the season for Romak and was RBI number 100. The 27 home runs ties the Aces’ single-season record set by Cody Ransom in 2011.

Kevin Munson tossed a scoreless top of the seventh to keep the game at 4-2.

In the bottom of the seventh, El Paso left fielder Jake Goebbert took away extra bases from Ransom with a sliding catch, and reliever Jay Jackson retired Nick Buss and Todd Glaesmann to secure the win.

Game four of the five-game series is set for Sunday night at Aces Ballpark. Right-hander Jeremy Hellickson will start for the Aces on a Major League rehab assignment. Left-hander Jason Lane (10-10, 5.80) starts for El Paso. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m

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