The Reno Aces battled the Las Vegas 51’s on Friday night from Greater Nevada Field in front of a crowd of 6,387. D-backs number one prospect Anthony Banda get the nod for Greg Gross’ Aces. The southpaw scattered seven hits over five innings, allowed four earned runs and struck out eight. Offensively, the high-powered Aces offense was led by Oswaldo Arcia and Carlos Rivero who each blasted solo shots.
Las Vegas got into the scoring column in the top of the second inning. Gavin Cecchini led off a two-out rally with a single up the middle. Victor Cruzado and Wilfredo Boscan each notched back-to-back singles to score the speedy Cecchini. In the middle of the second inning, the Reno Aces hosted a Saint Mary's "Home Run for Life" ceremony, featuring Jamie Jost, who battled breast cancer.
Jost received her recommended screening mammogram at the age of 40, and that is when her doctor noticed some suspicious areas in her right breast. Just one month after her 40th birthday, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. After 17 weeks of dose-dense chemotherapy and radiation treatment started earlier this week, Jost is proud to share she currently has no cancer in her body.Jost rounded the bases commemorating her "Home Run for Life." The Reno Aces and Las Vegas 51s players and staff lined up along each baseline to greet Jost as she made her way toward home plate while the story of her battle was publicly announced to all in attendance.
Likely inspired, Reno would score their first run of the evening on an Oswaldo Arcia blast to deep right field. The left-handed slugger, who was recently named the Diamondbacks Minor League Player of the Month, sent a laser 475 + feet into the Truckee River that surrounds Greater Nevada Field. Arcia leads the Pacific Coast League with 33.
Each side would go back and forth in the third, scoring one run apiece. Reno would again score just one run in the bottom of the fourth. With two outs and nobody on base, Carlos Rivero sent his sixth longball of the season over the left field wall to narrow the Las Vegas lead to 3-2. Las Vegas would get to the D-backs number one prospect in the top of the sixth inning.
Anthony Banda yielded a leadoff walk to right fielder Desmond Jennings. Josh Rodriguez would double down the left field line to bring in Jennings and ultimately end Banda’s night. Reliever Erik Davis would come in and allow two runs on two hits. Las Vegas would plate three in the sixth and give Las Vegas a 5-3 lead.
The 51’s offense would get to the Reno bullpen in the top of the ninth inning. The combination of Jake Barrett and Drew Muren allowed six runs on six hits to solidify the 11-4 victory. The loss brings Reno to a record of 34-21 on the season, still good for first place in the Pacific Northern Division. Reno will take on the 51’s again tomorrow night with the first pitch slated for 7:05 PM.