Augenstein pitches Aces past 51s |

Augenstein pitches Aces past 51s

LAS VEGAS-Three Aces’ pitchers combined to throw a three-hitter Wednesday evening, as Reno took the series opener over Las Vegas 5-1 at Cashman Field.

Bryan Augenstein (6-8) tossed the first five frames for the Aces, holding the 51s to just one hit and no runs at a notoriously hitter-friendly ballpark. Wes Roemer relieved Augenstein, allowing just a solo home run in his first appearance since being activated off the disabled list, and Rafael Rodriguez tossed the final 1 1/3 innings to pick up his 11th save of the season.

Cole Gillespie drove in a first-inning run with a groundout, then extended the Aces’ lead to 2-0 with a solo home run in the fourth. An eighth-inning, two-run single by Doug Deeds gave Reno two insurance runs, as it inched closer to an outright Silver State Diamond Challenge title with its eighth win against Las Vegas. With four games remaining against the 51s, Reno needs just one more victory to secure the SSDC crown.

Shawn Hill (1-2) took the loss for Las Vegas, throwing just one inning and allowing one earned run.

Tony Abreu and Mark Hallberg finished with two hits apiece for the Aces. Gillespie’s fourth-inning homer was his eighth of the season and second in as many nights, while Drew Macias scored twice for Reno.

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