The Reno Aces hit the road on Saturday night after a long nine-game homestand at Greater Nevada Field. Aces starter Frank Duncan faced the Sacramento River Cats at Raley Field in front of a crowd of 11,998. Duncan entered tonight’s contest 1-3 with an 8.13 ERA. In his first career start against the ‘Cats, the right-hander tossed 6.0 innings, allowing two runs on four hits, while striking out four. Reno’s bats would turn in just two runs compared to Sacramento’s three, giving the Aces their first loss in five days.
The Aces got into the scoring column in the top of the third inning. Zach Borenstein singled with one out to left fielder Ryder Jones. Christian Walker followed with a double smoked down the left field line to put runners on the corners for the hot Oswaldo Arcia. Arcia hit a soft groundball to the shortstop Orlando Calixte, scoring Borenstein and giving the Aces the first lead of the evening.
The River Cats responded with two of their own in the bottom of the fourth inning off Reno starter Frank Duncan. Sacramento found success in the fourth with three consecutive no-out knocks. Chris Marrero drove in Jae-Gyun on a sharp line drive past the diving Oswaldo Arcia to tie things up at one. Austin Slater finished the scoring for Sacramento in the fourth with a deep sacrifice fly to Borenstein, scoring Ryder Jones.
Giants’ number one prospect Tyler Beede (2-1, 3.38) got the start for Sacramento tonight. The right-hander delivered 5.0 innings, allowing just one run on three hits. The bullpen followed the Vanderbilt alum’s success. Roberto Gomez replaced Beede in the sixth. Gomez was lights-out, allowing one hit in two innings of work. Tyler Rodgers and Kyle Crick finished up the game, blanking the Aces in the 8th and 9th innings.
The loss brings Reno to a record of 18-12 on the season and winless (0-5) in Saturday contests in 2017. Zack Godley will get the start for the Aces tomorrow afternoon with the first pitch scheduled for 1:05 PM.