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Aces Fall to Sacramento

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8/23/2016

Austin Slater hit two of Sacramento’s four home runs as the River Cats routed the Reno Aces, 12-4, on Monday night at Greater Nevada Field. The Sacramento center fielder notched his second multi-homer game of the series and had a run-scoring double for good measure, leaving him with 10 hits – seven for extra bases – through the first three games of the four-game series.

Both teams went quietly in the first, but fireworks quickly came in the following frame. Sacramento’s Jarrett Parker opened the second with a deep drive high off the fence in right-center, originally ruled a double. The umpire crew then met before awarding Parker with a home run. Aces skipper Phil Nevin was promptly ejected after the call was changed.

Following Nevin’s sixth ejection of 2016, Slater lined an opposite-field homer into the River Cats’ right-field bullpen, giving Sacramento back-to-back jacks and a 2-0 advantage.

Sacramento (61-69) hung another four runs – all unearned – on Matt Buschmann (@Busch26) in the third. Zach Borenstein dropped a low line drive to set up the outburst. With two on and two down, Slater drove his fourth homer of the series to dead center, and Travis Ishikawa followed suit, belting a solo homer out to right to make it 6-0.

Reno (69-61) got on the board against Albert Suarez in the home half, thanks to a solo shot off the bat of Carlos Rivero (@Carlos_Rivero3), his 15th of the season.

The visitors tacked on an additional run in the fourth behind a single, sacrifice bunt, groundout and wild pitch. Down 7-1, the Aces showed fight, scoring three times to cut their deficit in half. Jack Reinheimer (@Reinheimer_08) bounced a two-run double down the left-field line, and Rivero then scored Borenstein on a groundout to short.

Sacramento continued raking against Buschmann and the Aces’ bullpen, tallying two runs in the fifth and sixth innings to go up 11-4. Juan Ciriaco capped the scoring with a pinch-hit RBI double in the ninth.

Buschmann (8-10) suffered the loss after allowing nine runs – five earned – on eight hits and two walks with one strikeout. The four home runs he surrendered set a new high over his 308 career appearances. Suarez (4-3) picked up the win with five innings of four-run ball.

Ildemaro Vargas (@ildemaro_tigre), Ronnie Freeman (@Freeforall16) and Reinheimer collected two hits apiece to lead the Aces offensively.

The Aces and River Cats conclude their four-game series with the finale on Tuesday night. First pitch from Greater Nevada Field is set for 7:05 p.m. PT. Left-hander Anthony Banda (4-3, 3.70) gets the nod for Reno, while Sacramento will send righty Clayton Blackburn (6-10, 4.63) to the mound.

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