Aces Fall to River Cats; Tied With Fresno for Division Lead
The Aces (70-56) dropped the series against the River Cats after they fell 7-3 Friday night at Greater Nevada Field when Sacramento regained the lead in the late innings of the contest. With the loss, Reno enters into a division tie aside the Fresno Grizzlies with 16 more regular season games.
Evan Marzilli highlighted the Aces offense with a three-hit performance including his second triple. Christian Walker and John Ryan Murphy both collected multi-hit nights as well while Angel Franco continued his hit streak in his fifth game with Reno while adding two RBI. Jake Buchanan (4-0) was undecided in his start after his six-inning, three-run performance while fanning five opposing batters.
Sacramento got things started early in the first inning with two runs to open up the final contest. With one out, Conor Gillaspie, Mac Williamson and Chris Shaw knocked consecutive singles to plate one. Tim Federowicz followed with an infield ground ball that resulted in an error to bring home the River Cats' second run. In the second inning, Sacramento added one more run on two hits to extend their lead to 3-0.
After three and a half scoreless frames, the Aces offense kicked into gear in the bottom of the sixth with three runs to tie the game at three apiece. After consecutive one-out walks to Walker and Jack Reinheimer, Franco came up with a ground ball double down the left field line to plate Reno's first two runs. Marzilli followed the two-RBI hit with his second Aces triple to tie the game at 3-3.
However, in the seventh inning, the River Cats came right back with reliever Louis Coleman in for Buchanan. Sacramento strung together two runs on three consecutive two-out singles to regain the 5-3 lead. Then, in the ninth, they extended their advantage by another two runs after a leadoff walk, two singles, and a passed ball which put a run in scoring position for Chris Shaw's fly ball to centerfield, making it a final 7-3 game.
On Reno's ten-hit night, the squad went just 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position while Sacramento finished going 5-for-15.
Coleman was handed his first loss after his three-hit, two-run inning. Lefty Jared Miller followed with two innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits, marking his first earned run allowed since July 26.
Reno begins a four-game set against co-division leader, the Fresno Grizzlies, Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, tomorrow night with first pitch at 7:05 p.m.