Aces Sweep Vegas and Maintain Division Lead
The Aces (77-57) swept the Las Vegas 51s (52-82) for the first time this season after winning by a score of 4-3 in the final matchup at Cashman Field while winning a season-high fifth straight game. Jack Reinheimer (3-for-5, 2B, 2 R) and D-backs MLB rehabber Nick Ahmed (1-for-2, HR, 3 RBI) led the offense.
The Aces (77-57) swept the Las Vegas 51s (52-82) for the first time this season after winning by a score of 4-3 in the final matchup at Cashman Field while winning a season-high fifth straight game. Jack Reinheimer (3-for-5, 2B, 2 R) and D-backs MLB rehabber Nick Ahmed (1-for-2, HR, 3 RBI) led the offense. Starter Anthony Banda (8-7) was spectacular, earning his eighth win after he dealt six innings of three-run, eight-hit ball while striking out nine batters, including five of his last six faced. With another victory, the Aces continue to hold a three-game lead in the division and decrease their magic number to five with eight regular season games remaining.
Las Vegas began the scoring on Sunday evening and took an early 2-0 lead on three hits off of Banda. Jeff McNeil led the 51s first go around with a double to left field and was brought in on Travis Snider's one-out single to plate the first run. Following Banda's second strikeout of the half, third baseman Josh Rodriguez struck the second double of the inning to score Snider, before Banda ended the damage with a third strikeout.
In the top of the third inning, MLB rehabber Ahmed knocked his first hit of the assignment, a two-run home run to right field on the second pitch of the at bat, to tie the game at 2-2. Then, in the fourth, when the Aces loaded the bases with two outs, Ahmed plated Reno's go-ahead third run after he was hit by a pitch.
The lead did not last long, however, as 51s John Glenn led the bottom of the fourth inning off with his first home run of the 2017 campaign to tie the game back up at 3-3.
The final turning point of the game came in the fifth when Reinheimer collected his third hit of the night with two outs, a double to right field, to get into scoring position. Evan Marzilli followed through with a single through the hole at shortstop to give the Aces back the 4-3 advantage.
Banda would finish his night after striking out the side in the sixth inning. Southpaw reliever Jared Miller would follow with a hitless one and one-third innings of work with two strikeouts. J.J. Hoover completed the eighth inning and surrendered one hit while striking out one. Jimmie Sherfy collected his 19th save with a hitless ninth inning and has tied for most saves in the Aces franchise with 31 overall.
The Aces continue the road trip into a final four-game series against the Albuquerque Isotopes with game one scheduled for tomorrow, Monday, August 28 at 5:35 p.m. at Isotopes Park.
Single-game tickets are still available for the four-remaining regular-season home games over Labor Day weekend. Playoff tickets are also available for reservation by visiting the ticket office or renoaces.com. Potential home playoff games are Wednesday, September 6th, and Thursday, September 7th at Greater Nevada Field, both scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
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