Aces even season series with Las Vegas
August 27, 2009
LAS VEGAS – Travis Blackley picked up his first win since June 27, and Chris Young had four hits – including a two-run homer – as Reno knocked off Las Vegas 6-4 Wednesday night at Cashman Field, evening the Silver State Diamond Challenge at six games apiece.
Young was the story offensively for Reno, as he went 4 for 5 with a double and a home run, his second since joining the Aces. His eighth-inning homer extended Reno’s lead to 6-3 after Eric Byrnes broke a 3-3 tie with an RBI double to left earlier in the frame. That was all the insurance the Aces’ bullpen needed, as Blackley and Doug Slaten held the 51s in check over the final three innings.
Reno starter Billy Buckner continued his fine pitching, tossing six innings and allowing only three runs. Blackley (3-7) pitched the seventh and eighth innings to earn the win before being relieved by Doug Slaten (8), who earned his eighth save by getting a strikeout and a game-ending, 6-4-3 double play.
Bill Murphy (0-6) was tagged with the loss for Las Vegas after allowing the eventual game-winning runs in the eighth. He relieved 51s starter Fabio Castro, who got a no-decision despite throwing 5 2/3 innings of three-run ball.
The win guarantees that the vaunted Silver State Diamond Challenge will go down to the wire in its inaugural season, as the final four games between the intrastate rivals will decide the championship.