Aces not singing in the rain |

Aces not singing in the rain

FRESNO – Bryan Augenstein gave Reno a quality start, and Pedro Ciriaco homered in his Aces’ debut, but the Fresno Grizzlies escaped with a 3-2 win over Reno in seven innings Wednesday at Chukchansi Park.

The Aces used a solo home run by Ciriaco in the sixth inning to pull within a run at 3-2, but rain showers halted the game for more than two hours. Ultimately, the game was called because of a wet playing surface, giving the Grizzlies a series-opening victory.

Augenstein (0-2) was pinned with the loss, despite allowing just three earned runs over six innings of work. He struck out four and walked just one. Josh Ellis tossed a scoreless seventh inning before the rain took control of the game.

Eric Hacker (3-0) earned the victory for Fresno, scattering a run on five hits with eight strikeouts over five innings. Geno Espineli is credited with a save after retiring the Aces in the seventh.

Ciriaco, playing in his Triple-A debut fresh off the disabled list, homered, and Mark Hallberg collected two hits and a run scored.

The Aces and Grizzlies will play a doubleheader on Thursday, making up for Tuesday night’s postponement.

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