– The Reno Aces fell to the Sacramento River Cats on Tuesday 4-3 from Raley Field in Sacramento. Nevada alum Braden Shipley got the start on the mound for Reno, his first since being optioned down from Arizona. Shipley would toss 7.0 innings, allowing three runs on three hits on 91 pitches. Enrique Burgos would take the loss, falling to (1-1) on the season.
Reno got off to a quick start, scoring in the very first inning. The reigning PCL Player of the Week, Ketel Marte, blasted a double with one out and advanced to third base on a fielding error by Sacramento right fielder Carlos Moncrief. Oswaldo Arcia drove a deep fly ball to center fielder Austin Slater that proved to be deep enough to score the speedy Marte. The Aces would add two more in the top of the third inning to give Reno a 3-0 lead. Arcia took a Chris Stratton fastball over the right-center field wall for his seventh home run of the season.
Sacramento responded with three of their own in the bottom of the fourth inning of Braden Shipley. Juniel Querecuto and Ryder Jones each doubled to start the inning. Power hitting Mac Williamson hit his third home run of the season to tie things back up at three. This would be Shipley’s only hiccup of the game as he retired nine of the next ten batters he faced.
The score would remain all knotted up at three from the fifth inning through the 10th inning. Eric Davis entered the game in the bottom of the 10th inning for reliever Kaleb Fleck. Trevor Brown reached on a line drive to center field, Wynton Bernard doubled to put runners on the corners. Juniel Querecuto was intentionally walked to put a force out at each base with one out. The right-hander remained composed, striking out the next two batters to send the game into the 11th. The River Cats would win it in the final inning on a Juan Ciriaco ground-rule double to right field.
The loss brings Reno to a record of 20-13 on the season. D-backs number one prospect Anthony Banda will get the start on Thursday night from Greater Nevada Field with the first pitch scheduled for 6:35 vs. New Orleans