Aces Hold On for Win
Aces starter, Braden Shipley (3-1) tossed six shutout innings and collected three strikeouts, against Fresno earning his third win.
The Reno Aces (13-9) held on for the 8-7 victory over the Fresno Grizzlies (9-13) Friday night at Greater Nevada Field despite Fresno's comeback in the last three innings. Aces starter, Braden Shipley (3-1) tossed six shutout innings and collected three strikeouts, earning his third win.
Shipley's support began in the bottom of the first after Jack Reinheimer (1-for-4) reached on an error and ended up scoring on another error on a batted ball by Christian Walker (2-for-4) to go up 1-0 when Fresno's starting pitcher, David Martinez (0-3) missed a toss for the would-be third out from first baseman A.J. Reed.
Reno opened up the game in the fourth with three more runs when Zach Borenstein (1-for-3) walked to spark a one-out rally followed by three consecutive base hits, including a two RBI base hit by Kristopher Negrón (2-for-4).
In the sixth, Walker made it a 5-0 contest after he knocked his sixth home run of the season over the left-center wall.
The Grizzlies offense sparked in the seventh when Derek Fisher (2-for-6) hit his fifth home run of 2017 to put Fresno on the board.
After three more runs were added for the Aces after they sent eight batters to the plate in the bottom of the seventh, Fresno found a late groove. In the eighth, the Grizzlies plated two runs on two hits and a walk to cut the deficit to 8-3.
With a five run lead heading into the ninth, Aces' reliever Matt Stites fell back into a two-out bases loaded situation when Fisher lined a ball to centerfielder Ildemaro Vargas, who had just come in to replace Reymond Fuentes, and just missed the catch, which cleared the bases to bring the Grizzlies within a run.
With the tying run on third, reliever Kaleb Fleck came in to face Preston Tucker, and got him to ground out to shortstop to end the game and finalize the Aces 8-7 win.
Ketel Marte ended his hit and on-base streak at 13 games after going hitless Friday night.
The Aces continue the nine-game homestand at Greater Nevada Field with game three against the Fresno Grizzlies Saturday, April 29 at 6:35 p.m.