The Reno Aces (14-11) fell to the Fresno Grizzlies (11-14) in game five on Monday night at Greater Nevada Field but finished on top in the series at 3-2. Fresno out-hit Reno with a second consecutive 16 hit night and recorded runs in six of the nine frames.
The Grizzlies started the scoring frenzy early, putting up runs in the first three innings off of Aces starter Frank Duncan. Preston Tucker, who finished the night a single away from the cycle, knocked a two-out solo home run in the first inning and Andrew Aplin added his first home run of 2017 in the second inning. In the third, Tyler White hit a two-out triple and scored Fresno's fourth run on A.J. Reed's double.
After putting one across in the second inning on a single and an error, the Aces came back with four runs in the third on two hits, a throwing error and a passed ball, and two more in the fourth started by back-to-back doubles by Ildemaro Vargas (1-for-5) and Ketel Marte (2-for-4), giving the Aces the 7-4 advantage.
Following a scoreless fifth, the Grizzlies shifted the momentum with a two-out game tying three-run home run in the sixth inning by Derek Fisher, bringing the score to 7-7 and ending Duncan's night after 5.2 innings of work.
Fresno duplicated in the seventh with another three-run bout off of Aces reliever Brian Matusz (0-1) after four hits, including three consecutive extra-base hits, giving them the 10-7 lead.
The Grizzlies scored their final run in the eighth after two doubles in the inning by Fisher and Tucker off of Aces newcomer, Connor Grey, who debuted and tossed two innings and collected two strikeouts.
Reymond Fuentes, who extended his hit streak to 11 games Monday night, went 3-for-4 with an RBI and run scored while Christian Walker (2-for-5) extended his hit streak to nine games and collected his 28th RBI. Marte marked the first professional player at any level this season to reach 40 hits.
The Aces begin a four-game series against the Salt Lake Bees tomorrow, May 2 at Greater Nevada Field with first pitch set for 6:35 p.m.