Six-run sixth inning dooms Aces in Sacramento |

Six-run sixth inning dooms Aces in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO – Brandon Allen gave Reno an early cushion with a two-run homer in the first inning, but the Sacramento River Cats fired back with a six-run sixth inning to take an 8-4 victory over the Aces in the series opener Friday night at Raley Field.

Reno jumped ahead early, taking a 3-0 lead through the game’s first five innings. But the River Cats came to life in the sixth inning, an effort that propelled them to the victory.

Padded with a 3-run lead, Aces’ starter Billy Buckner cruised through the first five innings, allowing just one hit and striking out seven batters. Buckner ran into trouble in the sixth, though. After hitting a batter and allowing a single, Buckner punched out two straight batters before an RBI single by Michael Taylor put the River Cats on the board. Zach Kroenke (1-1) spelled Buckner, but a double, two singles and two walks later, Sacramento put up a six-spot in the frame, building a lead it didn’t relinquish and handing Kroenke his first loss of the season.

Sacramento starter Kyle Middleton (1-0) allowed three runs on seven hits over six innings of work to earn the victory. Middleton punched out four and walked three. Three River Cats’ relief pitchers combined to surrender just a run on two hits over the final three frames.

In addition to Allen’s early heroics, Doug Deeds and Mark Hallberg each cashed in two hits for Reno.

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