Reno Aces Take Division Lead with Win Over Fresno
The Aces reclaimed first place position after taking a combined seven-hit game one by a score of 4-1 over the Fresno Grizzlies Saturday night at Greater Nevada Field led by strong pitching and clutch offense. Christian Walker highlighted the night with his record-breaking 31st home run to claim the title of franchise single-season leader in the category.
The Aces reclaimed first place position after taking a combined seven-hit game one by a score of 4-1 over the Fresno Grizzlies Saturday night at Greater Nevada Field led by strong pitching and clutch offense. Christian Walker highlighted the night with his record-breaking 31st home run to claim the title of franchise single-season leader in the category. Fellow South Carolina alum Evan Marzilli was key in the victory with his two-run, seventh-inning home run. Aces starter Taylor Clarke, in his fourth career Triple-A start, was stellar after five and two-third innings of two-hit, one-run ball over 107 pitches tossed. With the win, Reno is one game ahead of Fresno with 15 more regular season games remaining in the division race.
Reno (71-56) broke through first in game one after Walker knocked a solo home run over the left-field wall in his first at bat of the contest to give the Aces the early 1-0 lead.
After keeping Fresno (70-57) scoreless through two frames, Grizzlies offense got going when Tony Kemp led the top half of the third off with a single to right field. Following two walks to load the bases, Preston Tucker worked a groundout to record the second out of the inning and plate Kemp from third to even the contest at one apiece.
In a four-hit ballgame, Fresno threatened with runners on the corners in the top of the sixth. With one out, Drew Ferguson attempted a sacrifice bunt to plate the go-ahead run, but quick action by Clarke and a flip to catcher John Ryan Murphy was in time to tag out speeding Tucker. Following Clarke's third walk surrendered to load the bases, reliever Kaleb Fleck took over on the mound and struck out Rico Noel to end the frame and hold the tie.
Reno broke the tie in the home half when Oswaldo Arcia skied a two-out fly ball to Fresno left fielder Drew Ferguson who failed to catch it, resulting in an error, and plating a hustling Jack Reinheimer, who walked with one out, and giving the Aces the 2-1 advantage. The home squad then added two more runs in the bottom of the seventh after Kristopher Negron was hit by a pitch and Marzilli sailed his first Aces home run of the season, a two-run shot to right field, extending the lead to 4-1.
The Grizzlies made one final push in the ninth against Aces closer Erik Davis after Kemp knocked a two-out single and Colin Walsh walked, bringing the tying run to the plate. Tyler White took the at bat to a seventh pitch on a full count and couldn't hold his bat back as it crossed the plane to end the three hour and three minute game.
Fleck finished with two and one-third scoreless frames of relief to notch his second win of the season while walking two and striking out three.
Reno continues the four-game set tomorrow against the Fresno Grizzlies, Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, with game two scheduled for 1:05 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at renoaces.com.
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