Etherton cools off River Cats’ bats with five-hitter
July 7, 2009
RENO – Aces’ starter Seth Etherton threw seven innings of two-run baseball Monday night, as Reno beat the Sacramento River Cats 7-4 at Aces Ballpark.
With the score tied at 1 in the third inning, the Aces broke it open on a three-run homer by catcher John Hester, his fourth of the season. Ryan Roberts extended the lead with an RBI single in the fourth inning, his first in an Aces’ uniform. Later in the inning, Trent Oeltjen scored on an error by River Cats’ shortstop Cliff Pennington, extending Reno’s lead to 6-2. Brandon Watson added an insurance run with an RBI single in the sixth, and that was all Etherton and the Aces’ bullpen needed.
Etherton (6-5) was sparkling for Reno, hurling seven innings of five-hit ball. The veteran right-hander struck out a season-high seven batters, allowing only two solo home runs. Doug Slaten and Bobby Korecky threw 1 1/3 innings of relief before Jason Urquidez retired the final two Sacramento hitters for his first Triple-A save.
River Cats’ starter Shawn Chacon (2-2) took the loss, getting roughed up for six earned runs in three innings.
Hester (3 for 5, three RBI) and Watson (2 for 4, two RBI) led the offensive attack for the Aces on a night where eight of the nine Reno hitters recorded at least one hit.
The Aces and River Cats wrap up their four-game series tonight. Reno will send right-hander Bryan Augenstein (1-4, 5.74 earned run average) to the hill to oppose Sacramento righty James Simmons (4-4, 4.89 ERA). First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.
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