Aces Drop Series Finale to Sacramento 8-5
In the rubber match between the River Cats and Aces, Reno fell in extra innings by a score of 8-5.
In the rubber match between the River Cats and Aces, Reno fell in extra innings by a score of 8-5. The Aces were led offensively by Ildemaro Vargas who went 2-for-5 with a run. Starting pitcher Jake Buchanan went 6.0 quality innings, striking out eight Sacramento batters, and allowed three earned runs on nine hits. The effort wouldn't be enough for him to pick up his 11th win of the season. The loss drops the Aces to a record of 62-60 and 8.0 games back of the first place Fresno Grizzlies.
After three scoreless innings from right-handers Jack Buchanan and Daniel Camarena, Sacramento opened the scoring in the fourth inning courtesy of a Brock Stassi RBI single and a Myles Schroder two-RBI double to give the River Cats the 3-0 advantage. In the bottom of the sixth, the Aces would mount a comeback which was started by a Yasmany Tomas pinch-hit home run to right field. Reno plated three more during the inning to give Reno a 4-3 lead. The River Cats wouldn't go away quietly as Peter Bourjos tied the ballgame up at 4-4 on a sacrifice fly to left field to score Aramis Garcia, and to send the game to extra innings. In extra frames, each team plated one in the tenth to push the tie to 5-5. The 11th inning of the contest would produce a winner as the River Cats scored three on a Miguel Gomez single. Reno couldn't muster a run in the bottom half and would fall, 8-5, and drop the final series of the season with Sacramento. Tomorrow, Reno will start a four-game set with the Salt Lake Bees. Neftali Feliz will toe the rubber and look to notch his sixth win of the season.
Top Performers - Reno Aces
• Ildemaro Vargas (2-for-5, R)
• Christian Walker (1-for-4, 2B)
• Kevin Cron (1-for-4, R)
Top Performers - Sacramento River Cats
• César Puello (2-for-5, 2B, 3 R)
• Aramís García (3-for-4, 2B, RBI)
• Kelby Tomlinson (1-for-5, R)
Notes & Information
Poised: Minor League Baseball released an article this morning listing which players are poised to lead MiLB in each major category. Ildemaro Vargas was the only Aces player to make the list, coming into tonight's game with 140 hits. The Minor League leader is Alex Kirilloff of the Fort Myers Miracle who has 158 total hits. Vargas is currently in fifth place with 142 total. Kirilloff has always had the chance to show a promising bat, but this level of production this quickly has boosted him to the No. 30 spot in MLB.com's overall prospect rankings.
MLB First: Former Reno Aces shortstop, Jack Reinheimer, recorded his first Major League hit tonight with the New York Mets in their 16-5 beating of the Baltimore Orioles. Reinheimer finished the night 1-for-2 with a run scored. Before being Designated for Assignment earlier this season, Reinheimer went 45-for-190 (.237) at the plate with nine doubles, two triples, and three home runs with Reno. In Reinheimer's career with the Aces, he recorded 323 hits which is fourth all-time, 55 doubles, 124 RBI, and 177 runs.