Kyle Jensen (@TheKJensen42) clubbed two home runs en route to a five-RBI performance, and Matt Buschmann (@Busch26) hurled six innings of three-run ball as the Reno Aces snapped a three-game losing streak with a 9-4 victory over the Las Vegas 51s on Friday night at Greater Nevada Field. With the win, the Aces avoided being swept at home for the first time since June 1-4, 2014.
Jensen’s first blast was his 13th of the season and pushed his June RBI total to 34, matching Mike Jacobs’ franchise record for a single month set in May of 2014. In his final at-bat, the slugger launched a two-run shot to left-center, etching his name into the Aces’ record books with the big swing.
With a depleted pitching staff, Las Vegas (40-34) signed left-hander Darin Gorski to a minor league contract Friday morning, and the southpaw was summoned to start at Greater Nevada Field for a fourth time in his career. Like the previous three, things did not go well for the 28-year-old.
Gorski, originally drafted by the New York Mets in 2009 and a Las Vegas 51s member from 2013-15, surrendered four first-inning runs – three coming on Jensen’s homer. The lefty was eventually tagged with his fourth loss in as many starts in The Biggest Little City.
A walk to Mike Freeman (@MikeBFree5) opened the frame and one out later, Mitch Haniger (@M_Hanny19) grounded a single into center, setting up Jensen’s shot to left. Reno’s rally continued later in the inning when Tuffy Gosewisch (@santiagosewisch) smacked a run-scoring single, bringing home Carlos Rivero (@Carlos_Rivero3).
The 51s cut their deficit to 4-3 with a run in the second and two in the fourth. Buschmann loaded the bases with no outs in the second, but the veteran righty quickly induced a double play, limiting the damage to one run. In the fourth, two singles preceded a double by Ty Kelly, bringing the visitors within two. Gorski then recorded an RBI with a groundout to short, pulling the 51s closer.
The Aces (40-34) totaled five runs over their final three trips to the plate to extend their lead. Matt Jones – the Aces’ bullpen catcher for the last three weeks – lined a double down the left-field line in the sixth in his first Triple-A at-bat. His two-bagger moved Gosewisch to third with no outs, and Freeman singled home the latter to make it 5-3. Moments later, a run-scoring double play off the bat of Todd Glaesmann (@toddglaesmann22) pushed the lead to three.
Reno added a run in the seventh, thanks to a one-out triple by Ed Lucas (@ELuke21). Four batters later, the 34-year-old hustled home on a wild pitch by Chase Huchingson.
Las Vegas created unwanted drama in the eighth when they brought the tying run to the plate against Aces reliever Enrique Burgos. A single, hit batter and walk loaded the bases for Gavin Cecchini who drilled a deep drive to right. Haniger raced back to the wall and leapt in hopes of a heroic home-run-robbing catch. The right fielder brought the ball back into the field of play with his effort, but was unable to hang on as the 51s pulled within three at 7-4.
With the game in balance, Aces skipper Phil Nevin brought in Steve Hathaway (@Mr_Hath) to face Ty Kelly. The lefty threw one pitch, resulting in an inning-ending 5-4-3 double play.
Following Jensen’s second homer of the game in the home half which gave Reno its largest lead of the night, Hathaway worked a 1-2-3 ninth to complete his first save for the Aces. Buschmann (4-6) won for the third time in his last four starts after striking out a season-high six batters against two walks. The outing marked his fourth consecutive quality start. Gorski (0-1) suffered the loss after allowing four earned runs on six hits and four walks over five innings.
The Aces welcome the El Paso Chihuahuas for the opener of a five-game, four-day series on Saturday at Greater Nevada Field. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. PT. Right-hander Edgar Garcia (3-3, 6.05) is scheduled to start for Reno, while righty Carlos Pimentel (6-4, 6.34) gets the nod for El Paso.
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