Reno Aces blanked for first time
FRESNO ” Reno fell behind by two runs in the first inning and never was able to recover, falling 6-0 to the Fresno Grizzlies on Monday night.
Fresno scored twice in the first, third and fifth innings to roll to the victory. Monday’s game marked the first time the Aces had been shut out in the 2009 season.
Aces’ starter Billy Buckner (0-1) took the loss in his first start of the season. Buckner worked four innings, allowing four runs on three hits. He walked two and struck out two. Out of the bullpen, Billy Spottiswood made his Triple-A debut, surrendering two runs on two hits over two innings pitched. After Spottiswood’s exit, Jon Coutlangus came on for Reno to deliver two shutout frames, scattering five hits.
For the Grizzlies, Billy Sadler (1-0) picked up his first victory, surrendering three hits over five innings of work. Sadler walked four and punched out five. Three Fresno relievers came on to combine for two hits allowed and two strikeouts over the game’s final four innings.
Batting out of the leadoff spot, Trent Oeltjen led the way for the Reno offense with two hits. Luke Carlin, Ruben Gotay and Guillermo Reyes each chipped in a single for the Aces.
The Aces look to salvage a series split in the finale on Tuesday night. Southpaw Travis Blackley (0-2, 7.11 earned run average) gets the nod for Reno, while the Grizzlies will counter with right-hander Ryan Sadowski (1-1, 3.12 ERA). First pitch from Chukchansi Park is again set for 7:05 p.m. and can be heard live on Fox Sports Radio 1450 AM.
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