Kroenke deals another win for Aces
RENO – Zach Kroenke allowed just a run over seven innings Tuesday night, earning his fifth straight winning decision and lifting the Reno Aces to a 3-1 victory over the Portland Beavers at Aces Ballpark.
The Aces scored a run in the first on a Tony Abreu solo homer, and that one-run edge held up strong until Portland pushed across the game-tying run in the sixth. As it turned out, that was all the offense the Beavers got. Reno regained the lead in the home half of the sixth with a two-out RBI single by Brandon Allen, and the Aces tacked on an insurance run in the seventh on a Carlos Corporan run-scoring single.
Kroenke (7-3) earned the win, scattering just a run on six hits. Kroenke walked two and struck out six. Three Aces’ relievers shut down the Beavers – capped by a scoreless ninth from Carlos Rosa, who earned his 13th save of the season.
The loss fell to Portland reliever Josh Greer (10-11), who spelled Major League rehabilitation starter Chris Young. Greer worked five innings, allowing two runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out seven.
At the plate for Reno, Abreu led the way with two hits and his second home run of the season. Jeff Bailey finished 0 for 3, ending his franchise-record and Pacific Coast League-leading 42-consecutive game home on-base streak.
The series continues on Wednesday night at Aces Ballpark. RHP Cesar Valdez (5-9, 5.98 ERA) takes the ball for Reno, while LHP Cesar Ramos (5-7, 3.36 ERA) counters for the Beavers. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. and 2,500 fans will receive an Aces collector’s hat.
Just two games remain on the 2010 Aces’ home slate.