Aces Sweep New Orleans
The Reno Aces swept a four-game series from the New Orleans Zephyrs for the first time in team history, coming from behind to win the finale by a 7-5 score on Thursday night.
The Reno Aces swept a four-game series from the New Orleans Zephyrs for the first time in team history, coming from behind to win the finale by a 7-5 score on Thursday night at Zephyr Field. Carlos Rivero (@Carlos_Rivero3) led Reno offensively, going 2-for-3 with two home runs and three RBI to back starter Zack Godley (@godleyzt), who earned the win in his first career Triple-A start. The visitors overcame a season-high four errors, which led to four Zephyrs runs.
The Aces (23-23) opened the scoring in the second, when Sócrates Brito (@SocratesBrito) led off with a double to left before scoring two batters later on Zach Borenstein’s triple to center. New Orleans took the lead with a pair of runs in the home half on a walk, a single and a Reno fielding error.
The Zephyrs (19-27) extended their edge to 3-1 in the third with a pair of singles, another Aces miscue and a sacrifice bunt. New Orleans scored twice in the following frame with two base hits, a hit batter and a throwing error.
Reno closed the gap to 5-2 when Rivero led off the fifth inning with a line-drive home run to left field, his fourth dinger of the season. The Aces’ momentum continued, as they scored five times in the sixth to take a 7-5 lead. Borenstein started the rally with a leadoff single to set the table for Rivero, who launched a two-run home run to left for his first multi-homer game since June 17, 2014, for Pawtucket at Rochester. Singles by pinch-hitter Ed Lucas (@ELuke21) and Todd Glaesmann (@ToddGlaesmann22) and a hit-by-pitch to Mike Freeman (@MikeBFree5) brought up Kyle Jensen, who was also hit to force in a run. Brito followed with an RBI groundout to score Glaesmann before Jack Reinheimer (@Reinheimer_08) hit an RBI single to plate Freeman and complete the scoring.
Borenstein, Brito and Reinheimer all joined Rivero with two-hit games, while Glaesmann extended his hitting streak to a dozen contests dating back to May 12. Borenstein, Brito, Jensen and Reinheimer each drove in a run for the Aces, who are back at .500 for the first time since April 17, when they were 5-5.
Godley turned in a quality start after being transferred from Double-A Mobile, allowing five runs (one earned) on eight hits over six innings with two walks and five strikeouts. He threw 106 pitches, 68 for strikes. Steve Hathaway pitched two scoreless innings before yielding to Matt Capps, who posted one strikeout during a perfect ninth to earn his first save since June 6, 2012, for Minnesota at Kansas City.
The Aces open a four-game series at Round Rock on Friday, when first pitch is slated for 5:05 p.m. PT. Reno will send right-hander Kyle Drabek (3-3, 5.80) to the mound, opposite Express left-hander Michael Roth (4-1, 1.77).