Aces bats come alive to earn split
The Reno Aces ended their eight-game homestand by splitting a four game series against the Albuquerque Isotopes.
The Aces dropped the first two games Monday and Tuesday nights.
In Monday’s 4-2 loss, Bo Shultz got the start on the mound and pitched five innings with two strikeouts, four walks and gave up three runs.
Albuquerque tallied two runs in the first inning off a single by Clint Robinson that scored Joc Pederson and Jamie Romak. They scored again in the third and seventh innings.
Reno got on the board in the sixth inning from a triple off Didi Gregorious that brought home Ender Inciarte. The Aces scored their last run in the ninth when Roger Kieschnick doubled to right field bringing home Mike Jacobs.
The Aces used five pitchers in the game who combined for 12 hits, five walks and six strikeouts.
Reno dropped game two of the series Tuesday night in 4-3 decision. Alex Sanabia pitched the first 5.1 innings with seven hits, three runs and two strikeouts. Reno again used five pitchers in the game and Zeke Spruill was handed the loss after pitching the last innings and giving up two hits and one run.
The Aces got on the board with two runs in the first inning with two hits and an error on Albuquerque’s left-fielder Brian Cavazos-Galvez.
The Isotopes tied the game at two with two solo home runs in the second and fourth innings. The game was tied at three going into the ninth inning when Cavazos-Galvez scored on an error from the Aces Alfredo Marte which proved to be the winning run.
Wednesday night, the Aces scored six runs in the first inning to cruise to a 9-1 win.
“I think, once again, the top of the line-up sparked things for us,” said manager Phil Nevin. “We really just had six quality at-bats. (Inciarte) led off the game with a walk and I think we had five or six hits in a row after that. We just strung together a bunch of quality at bats.”
Inciarte, Gregorious, Alfredo Marte, Jacobs, Andy Marte, and Kieschnick all scored in the inning.
Albuquerque tallied two runs in the fourth, but Reno answered with one in each the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
“The thing I liked is, in the middle innings we kept it going. You can’t just score six then lay down the rest of the game,” Nevin said.
Eury De La Rosa and Derek Eitel combined for the final three innings. Eitel got into some trouble in the eight and ninth innings when he struggled to get the ball across the plate.
“He just lost the strike-zone and release point. I thought getting through those two innings was big for him and our bullpen,” Nevin said. “Our pitching coach went out and just calmed down a little bit.”
Mike Bolsinger (2-0) recorded the win throwing for six innings with five strikeouts, two walks and seven hits.
The final game saw the Aces coming away with the 5-4 win. Reno scored four in the first inning with Inciarte crossing the plate when Cody Ross ground out to the shortstop.
Mike Jacobs hit a three-run home-run just over the 424 mark in center-field which brought in Inciarte and Charles Brewer to take a 4-0 lead. The homer gave Jacobs a team-best seven-game hit streak.
“We got our first home run of the year. It was a real home run— it went over the wall,” Nevins said referring to Inciarte’s inside-the-park home run against El Paso.
The score was 5-2 going into the ninth inning when Albuquerque scored two more runs.
“Would you be?” Nevin said when asked if he was getting concerned.
Albuquerque’s Joc Pederson flew out Inciarte in center to end the game.
Reno travels to Tucson for a four game series against El Paso before returning home for another four game series against Las Vegas.