The Reno Aces defeated the Sacramento River Cats by a 5-1 score on Thursday night before a crowd of 6,257 at Greater Nevada Field. Right-hander John Omahen turned in his first quality outing in four starts for Reno, and a five-run fifth inning provided more than enough support.
After the teams combined for four hits through the first four innings, the Aces (58-47) took a commanding five-run lead with four hits in the bottom of the fifth alone. Gabby Guerrero led off the frame with a double down the left-field line, advancing to third on a Carlos Rivero (@Carlos_Rivero3) groundout. Following an intentional walk to Dan Rohlfing (@DanRohlfing), Omahen helped his own cause when he reached on a sacrifice bunt as Guerrero beat the throw to the plate for the game’s first run. Ildemaro Vargas (@ildemaro_tigre) followed the pitcher with an RBI single to plate Rohlfing, with Vargas taking second base on the throw. Two batters later, Mitch Haniger (@M_Hanny19) laced a double to left-center to bring around Omahen and Vargas before he scored on a Kyle Jensen (@TheKJensen42) single and staked the righty to a 5-0 lead.
Sacramento (47-59) got one run back in the sixth on a two-out double by Ehire Adrianza and an RBI single by Hunter Pence. The three-time MLB All-Star tried to extend his base hit to a double, but the Aces caught him in a rundown for the third out.
Reno reliever Alexi Ogando (@OgandoAlexi) issued a walk and a single with one out in the ninth putting the tying run in the on-deck circle. Summoned from the bullpen, Aces closer Jimmie Sherfy threw a wild pitch before inducing a popup and a groundout to complete the victory.
Omahen (1-2) pitched seven innings to earn the win, allowing one earned run on five hits with one walk and five strikeouts. The outing marked his longest with Reno (previous: 6 1/3, July 7 at Fresno), and the first time he has allowed fewer than two runs since June 12 for Mobile against Jackson. Sherfy notched his fifth save in 10 games with the Aces, and improved to 23-for-23 in save opportunities this season between Reno, Mobile and Visalia.
Haniger logged his 15th multi-RBI game in 45 contests with Reno since his promotion from Mobile on June 10. The former Cal Poly star has 48 RBI over that span, which ranks third in Minor League Baseball. Vargas had two hits to record his fifth multi-hit game in 10 games for the Aces, while Guerrero logged his fifth game with two or more hits in 27 Triple-A games.
The Aces and River Cats conclude their four-game series on Friday night. First pitch from Greater Nevada Field is set for 7:05 p.m. PT. Reno will send right-hander Shelby Miller (1-0, 4.63) to the mound, while righty Joan Gregorio (3-6, 5.34) gets the nod for Sacramento.