Reno Aces put on power display
July 22, 2009
RENO – Ruben Gotay connected on four hits, including a seventh-inning home run, to push the Reno Aces to an 11-5 victory over the Portland Beavers on Tuesday night at Aces Ballpark.
Gotay reached base five times, adding a pair of doubles, a single and a base on balls to his fifth home run of the season. Rusty Ryal smashed his team-leading 16th homer on the first pitch he saw in the first inning, and Brandon Allen continued his torrid streak with the Aces with a homer of his own in the eighth.
Outside of the power display put on by Reno, the Aces received a stellar starting pitching performance by Billy Buckner (5-2), who won his fourth straight decision. The right-hander worked 6 2/3 innings, scattering two runs on three hits with seven strikeouts. Scott Dohmann recorded the final five outs in his Aces’ debut to pick up the save.
The loss fell to Portland starter Brian Lawrence (4-2), who surrendered seven runs on 10 hits through six frames. Lawrence struggled with his control, issuing six walks in the outing.
The series continues on Wednesday from Aces Ballpark. Right-hander Tony Barnette (6-7, 6.73 ERA) gets the nod for Reno. He’ll face off with Portland’s southpaw Wade LeBlanc (2-7, 3.38 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.