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River Cats blank Aces

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SACRAMENTO – Ryan Roberts halted a brief slump with three hits, and Matt Torra was effective in his Aces’ debut, but Reno’s offense couldn’t break through Saturday night, as the Sacramento River Cats won 2-0 at Raley Field.

Three Sacramento pitchers, headed by a seven-inning effort for starter Clayton Mortensen (2-0), limited Reno to seven hits. Two singles, a sacrifice bunt and a two-run base hit to left-center by Eric Sogard in the bottom of the second inning were enough offense for the River Cats, who have won the first two games of this four-game set.

Torra (0-1), who took the spot vacated by Kris Benson’s promotion to Arizona, allowed just two runs on eight hits over six innings of work but was pinned with the loss. Jason Urquidez continued his torrid start out of the bullpen with a spotless inning of work, and Esmerling Vasquez, optioned down from Arizona, worked a scoreless eighth inning for Reno.

At the dish, Roberts finished with a single and two doubles to lead the Aces’ offense. Doug Deeds added two hits in the losing cause.


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