Etherton sets Aces’ record with 13 Ks |

Etherton sets Aces’ record with 13 Ks

RENO – Seth Etherton pitched the Aces to their fifth straight victory Saturday night, striking out a career-high-tying 13 batters in a 10-1 Reno win over Fresno on Saturday night at Aces Ballpark.

Etherton (11-8) tossed eight innings of near-flawless ball, allowing just one run on four hits. His 13 strikeouts set an Aces’ franchise record, as he kept Fresno off-balance throughout the evening. Jose Marte tossed a scoreless ninth to seal the victory for Reno.

The Aces jumped on the Grizzlies early with five first-inning runs. Reno sent 10 men to the plate in the first, with Taylor Harbin leading the charge with a two-run double. Konrad Schmidt and Etherton added run-scoring singles in the frame as Reno took a 5-0 lead and coasted to the victory.

T.J. Brewer took the loss for Fresno in his first-career Triple-A appearance. Brewer was making his first appearance since being promoted to Fresno from Single-A San Jose.

Harbin (2 for 4, four RBI) has now reached base in all four of his Triple-A starts, and improved his average to .462 (6 for 13) with Reno. Schmidt, another call-up from Single-A Visalia, went 3 for 4 with an RBI.

The Aces go for the series victory Sunday, as they send right-hander Tony Barnette (13-8, 5.80 ERA) to the mound. Fresno counters with righty Matt Kinney (8-13, 5.25 ERA). The Spitball Gang will make an appearance at Aces Ballpark Sunday, with first pitch set for 5:05 p.m.

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