The Reno Aces played host to the Sacramento River Cats at Greater Nevada Field on Wednesday night in game two of the four-game set. Starter Eric Jokisch toed the rubber looking to turn in a win for the Aces after receiving the loss in Tacoma last week despite tossing six innings with seven strikeouts. Jokisch was masterful, going seven scoreless innings and only giving up two hits with nine strikeouts to get the win. Jokisch was two strikeouts shy of his career high of eleven strikeouts, which came on July 9th, 2014 in Omaha while with the Iowa Cubs.
The Aces would strike first in the bottom half of the third with one run on two hits. Oswaldo Arcia would double with one out through the hole at shortstop and be brought in on a RBI single by Socrates Brito to right field.
The Aces would tack on two more runs in the sixth inning highlighted by three singles and a sac fly. Kristopher Negrón would lead off the inning with a single to third base. Angel Franco would then single up the middle to bring Negrón to third who would later be brought in by a RBI single by John Ryan Murphy. Ildemaro Vargas would go on to bring in Franco on a sacrifice fly to finish the two run inning.
Reno would add one more run to their lead in the eighth while keeping the River Cats quiet offensively. With two outs, Murphy would single and later be brought to third by a pinch hit single from outfielder Zach Borenstein. Vargas would come up big again with a single up the middle for his second RBI of the night and 60th RBI of the year.
Jimmie Sherfy would take the hill for Reno in the top half of the ninth and take down the River Cats in order. With the win, Reno moves to 70-54, grabbing sole possession of first place over the Fresno Grizzlies who lost to Las Vegas 4-3 tonight. The Aces will host the River Cats in game three of the set tomorrow at Greater Nevada Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.