The Reno Aces defeated the Colorado Springs Sky Sox Monday night by a score 12-5 thanks to a five-hit eight-run first inning. Reno squared off against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox on at Security Service Field tonight looking to win the series. Matt Koch got his first start since being sent down to the Aces from Arizona. The Aces offense was led by shortstop Jack Reinheimer who finished 4-for-5 with four RBI and two doubles.
Reno got into the scoring column in a big way in the top of the first inning, plating eight runs on Sky Sox starter Brandon Woodruff. Socrates Brito led off the inning with a four-pitch walk. Reinheimer put Brito on third with a single to right field and Zach Borenstein drove in Brito with a fielding error by Colorado Springs shortstop Mauricio Dubon. After a Willians Astudillo walk, three consecutive base hits by Kevin Medrano, Kristopher Negron, and Ronnie Freeman brought the score to 5-0. Reno would benefit from a Nate Orf throwing error and a Reinheimer double before ending the inning with eight runs.
After a 30-minute top half, Koch jogged out to the mound in search of a shut-down inning. Koch sat down the first two batters he faced but allowed four consecutive base hits with two outs. Lewis Brinson tripled to left field. Nate Orf singled to drive in Brinson, and Keon Broxton doubled to plate Orf. Nick Noonan ended the home half’s scoring outburst with a triple off the left field wall to narrow the Aces lead to five.
Andrew Barbosa, Jeanmar Gomez, and Tristan Archer came on in relief for the Sky Sox and tossed a combined 7.1 innings of shutout baseball. For Reno, Koch exited in the fifth inning, handing the ball to Aaron Laffey (5-3, 5.01). Laffey and Eric Davis combined for three shutout innings before passing the ball to Louis Coleman and Kaleb Fleck. Coleman allowed a single run in the bottom of the 8th inning and Fleck one in the 9th.
Reno bookended their night with a four-run top of the 9th inning. Ronnie Freeman got the inning started with a single off of reliever Tom Wilhelmsen. Jeremy Hazelbaker moved Freeman up 90 feet after drawing a four-pitch walk. Socrates Brito singled to load the bases for Reinheimer who promptly drove in two with his second double of the contest. Christian Walker singled to put runners on the corners for Astudillo who then ended the scoring with a sacrifice fly to deep left field.
The win gave Reno the series victory and improves their record to 60-42 on the season. Reno will head to Oklahoma City for a four-game set tomorrow night, looking to remain in first place in the Pacific Coast League Northern Division