The Reno Aces earned their first series victory in the Crescent City since 2010 with a 7-5 victory in game three of their four-game set with the New Orleans Zephyrs on Wednesday night at Zephyr Field. Jack Reinheimer (@Reinheimer_08) and Ed Lucas (@ELuke21) led the Aces with two RBI apiece as Reno used a six-run sixth inning to pull ahead before hanging on for the two-run win.
New Orleans took a 1-0 lead during a two-out rally in the fourth with a Brady Shoemaker double and an RBI single by Isaac Galloway, who was caught stealing to end the inning.
Reno broke up Paul Clemens’ no-hit bid and then took a 6-1 lead with six runs in the sixth, marking the Aces’ biggest inning of the season. Todd Glaesmann (@toddglaesmann22) led off the inning with a double down the left-field line, advancing to third with heads-up baserunning on Mike Freeman’s (@mikebfree5) flyout. Peter O’Brien then roped an RBI single to left to plate Glaesmann, with Kyle Jensen scoring O’Brien on a two-base hit to left. Reinheimer continued the hit parade with an RBI single to bring in Jensen before Lucas launched a two-run home run over the left-field wall. Tuffy Gosewisch (@SantiaGosewisch) followed Lucas with a single, scoring two batters later when Glaesmann reached on a fielding error.
The Zephyrs answered Reno’s sixth-inning outburst with four runs of their own in the home half on four hits and four walks. New Orleans started with two singles and a double to close the gap to 6-2. A walk prompted Aces Manager Phil Nevin to summon Matt Stites (@matt_stites) from the bullpen to replace starter Matt Buschmann (@busch26). The Aces traded another Zephyr run for a 4-6-3 double play, but an RBI single and a bases-loaded walk then shrunk the visitors’ lead to one.
Reno continued the scoring in the seventh, stretching its advantage to 7-5. Reinheimer hit a two-out RBI double to capitalize on a key throwing error by former Aces pitcher Cody Hall that allowed Jensen to advance after he had singled to start the two-out rally.
O’Brien and Jensen joined Lucas with two-hit games, and each drove in a run. Freeman added a stolen base, as did O’Brien, whose theft was the second of his career.
Buschmann (1-4) earned his first victory of the season, allowing four earned runs on nine hits over five-plus innings with two walks and four strikeouts. Bracho’s save was his 10th of the season, which gave him sole possession of the Pacific Coast League lead as of the end of the game.
The Aces will go for the four-game series sweep on Thursday, when first pitch is slated for 5:00 p.m. PT. Reno will send right-hander Archie Bradley (5-1, 1.99) to the mound, opposite Zephyrs right-hander Dylan Axelrod (2-1, 4.85).