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Aces Defeat River Cats In 17 Innings Friday Night

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Reno Aces took on the Sacramento River Cats from Raley Field on Friday night in the first game of a three-game series. Right-hander Frank Duncan got the start for Interim Manager Greg Gross and the Aces. Duncan finished with seven IP, five K’s and allowed six hits. Offensively, the Aces were led by Carlos Rivero who finished 3-for-7 with a double and a RBI.

The River Cats got into the scoring column with a single run in the bottom half of the first inning. Jae-Gyun Hwang started it off for Sacramento with a one-out single to center field. Ryder Jones then doubled to left field to put runners on first and third. With one out, Mac Williamson hit a slow chopper to Carlos Rivero at third base, bringing in the first run of the ballgame.

Reno would waste no time responding. Zach Borenstein took the first pitch he saw from the Sacramento right-hander over the outfield bullpen for his eighth home run of the season. Reno leads the Pacific Coast League in home runs this season. Christian Walker leads the league with 17 while Oswaldo Arcia is close behind with 14 of his own.

Sacramento reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the second inning. After a leadoff hit-by-pitch to Justin Ruggiano, former San Francisco Giants catcher Trevor Brown laced a double to the left-center field wall to put two runners in scoring position. Ali Castillo grounded out to shortstop but scored Ruggiano in the process. Juan Ciriaco delivered a two-out RBI-single to cap off the two-run second inning.

After the River Cats added another run in the bottom of the fourth, extending the lead to 4-1, Carlos Rivero narrowed the score in the top of the sixth inning with an RBI-double down the left-field line. Rivero’s RBI was his 34th of the season, just two shy of Ildemaro Vargas at 38. Reno would tack on three in the inning to knot thing up at four.

The score would remain scoreless until the 17th inning. A combination of Jimmie Sherfy, Drew Muren, Willians Astudillo and Jake Barrett got the Aces from inning 10 through inning 17. Sherfy tossed two perfect innings of relief, striking out four on the night. Drew Muren was the long-reliever, turning in three innings of shutout work. After 14 innings of work from the pitching staff, catcher Willians Astudillo made his Aces debut on the mound. To the surprise of many, Astudillo tossed two innings and allowed just one hit.

Reno broke the game open in the top of the 17th. Ketel Marte got the inning started with a leadoff triple. Oswaldo Arcia then took the first pitch he saw to deep right field for an RBI-double. Christian Walker added RBI number 63 to his resume and gave the Aces a 6-4 lead. Jake Barrett came in for Astudillo in the bottom half of the 17th, striking out the side to give the Aces the extra-inning victory.

With the win, Reno improves to 39-23 on the season. University of Nevada alum Braden Shipley will get the start tonight from Raley Field. The first pitch is slated for 7:05 PM. The Aces return to Greater Nevada Field on June 17th where they will face the Las Vegas 51’s. Tickets are on-sale now at or by calling (775) 334-4700. Follow the club all season long on Twitter (@Aces) or like the team on Facebook.

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