Grizzlies Sweep Aces in Doubleheader
The Reno Aces struck out a combined 22 times in two games as they were swept in a doubleheader by the Fresno Grizzlies, 5-0 and 4-3, on Saturday night at Chukchansi Park.
The Reno Aces struck out a combined 22 times in two games as they were swept in a doubleheader by the Fresno Grizzlies, 5-0 and 4-3, on Saturday night at Chukchansi Park. Reno was blanked by the Grizzlies for a third time in 2016 in the opener, before dropping a back-and-forth affair in the nightcap.
The Grizzlies (46-42) received a stellar outing from right-hander Brad Peacock in game one. The 28-year-old outdueled Aces starter Braden Shipley (@shipley25), striking out 12 batters in a three-hit shutout. His 12 punchouts matched former I-Cubs right-hander Esmailin Caridad’s record total 12 against Reno, completed on August 5, 2009.
Shipley (7-5) suffered the loss, despite matching Peacock for the first three innings with scoreless ball. The recently-named PCL All-Star surrendered back-to-back doubles to Colin Moran and Jon Singleton in the fourth, the latter scoring two runs to put Fresno in front, 2-0.
Shipley’s woes continued in the fifth when singles by Tony Kemp and Preston Tucker set up a two-out, two-run double off the bat of Tyler White. Shipley departed after the fifth at 88 pitches, allowing four earned runs on seven hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
Cole Johnson took over for Shipley in the sixth for his Aces and Triple-A debut. The right-hander gave up one earned run on three singles and a sacrifice fly to cap the scoring.
Game two featured a battle of the bullpens and plenty of clutch two-out hits.
The Aces (46-44) fell behind 2-0 early behind a run-scoring single by Kemp and RBI groundout by Teoscar Hernandez in the second. Reno cracked the scoring against Jordan Jankowski in the third on a walk, single and sacrifice fly, pulling within one at 2-1.
Reno pounced on Josh Fields in the fourth for another run, knotting the game at two. Zach Borenstein and Ed Lucas (@ELuke21) recorded back-to-back one-out singles, and following a strikeout, Sean Jamieson (@SeanJay04) lined a game-tying single to right-center.
Fresno responded in the home half when Hernandez drilled a two-out RBI single of his own into center, pushing the Grizzlies back in front, 3-2.
The Aces failed to score in the fifth but rallied against Fresno closer James Hoyt in the sixth. With runners at the corners and one away, Carlos Rivero (@Carlos_Rivero3) smashed a single to left, leveling the score at three.
The Grizzlies had an answer again in the bottom half from the unlikeliest of heroes. Aces closer Jimmie Sherfy worked around a leadoff walk with a strike-em-out, throw-em-out double play, but Max Stassi hit the first pitch he saw in the ensuing at-bat over the right-field wall, providing the final margin.
The home run marked Stassi’s fifth of the season and was just the second earned run in 37.0 innings charged to Sherfy, raising his ERA from 0.25 to 0.49.
Peter O’Brien kept Reno’s hopes alive in the seventh with a two-out double, but Hoyt struck out Kyle Jensen (@TheKJensen42) to end the game, dropping the Aces to 1-5 in doubleheaders in 2016.
Sherfy (0-1) took the loss while Hoyt moved to 4-3, despite having his save streak of 15 snapped after he blew his third save in 25 opportunities.
The Aces open their second-half schedule with an eight-game homestand at Greater Nevada Field beginning Thursday, July 14. The Oklahoma City Dodgers come to Reno for a four-game set, with first pitch for game one slated at 7:05 p.m. PT. Neither club has set its post-All-Star break rotation.
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