Greene and Roberson combine for seven hits in Aces’ defeat
July 6, 2009
RENO – Reno’s Kyle Greene had three hits, including a home run, in his first career Triple-A start, but it wasn’t enough as the Sacramento River Cats slugged their way to a 13-8 victory over the Aces Sunday evening at Aces Ballpark.
The Aces fell behind early for the second-consecutive night and couldn’t recover. They trailed 8-1 in the third inning but managed to score in four consecutive innings to close the gap to within five. Chris Roberson had three RBI doubles – one each in the fourth, sixth and ninth innings – and Greene added a sacrifice fly and an RBI single to go with his fifth-inning solo home run.
Reno starter Tony Barnette (6-7) took the loss, as he was roughed up for eight earned runs in 3 1/3 innings. Leo Rosales was the lone bright spot out of the Aces’ bullpen, throwing two scoreless innings of relief to keep it close.
Chad Reineke (3-3) started and earned the win for Sacramento, despite allowing five earned runs in 5 2/3 innings of work.
Roberson (4 for 5, four RBI) and Greene (3 for 4, three RBI) led the Aces’ offense, and John Hester added three hits and scored three runs.
This series continues tonight as Reno sends right-hander Seth Etherton (5-5, 4.70 earned run average) to the mound to face River Cats’ righty Shawn Chacon (2-1, 3.32 ERA). Game time is 7:05 p.m.