The Reno Aces offense combined for a franchise-record 26 hits, scoring a season-high 22 runs on Thursday afternoon against the Salt Lake Bees. D-backs number one prospect Anthony Banda got the start for the home club. The left-hander tossed seven innings, striking out nine and walking just one. With the win, Banda now goes to 3-1 on the season and lowers his ERA to 3.82.
Offensively, Reno had a day to remember, scoring in all but one inning this afternoon. Every player, including Zach Borenstein who pinch hit for two-time World Series Champion Gregor Blanco, got a hit today. Every starter recorded multiple hits today – Oswaldo Arcia (5), Ildemaro Vargas (3), Kristopher Negron (3), Carlos Rivero (3), Hank Conger (3), Ketel Marte (2), Christian Walker (2), Jack Reinheimer (2), Gregor Blanco (2).
Reno would score multiple runs in the first, third, fourth, sixth, seventh, and eighth innings. The Aces wasted little time getting into the scoring column, posting six runs in the bottom of the first inning. After adding just one in the second, the offense was at it again with five more in the third. Not to be outdone, Greg Gross’ offense would tack on another ten runs over the next four innings.
The victory today puts the Aces at a record of 17-11 heading into the final game of the four-game series against Salt Lake. Reno will head to Sacramento tomorrow night after the game to face the River Cats.