Aces split series with first place 51s |

Aces split series with first place 51s

Tribune staff report

The Reno Aces can’t seem to get above .500 for too long.

The Aces traveled to Las Vegas to play the first place 51s, who now hold a 4.5 game lead in the Pacific Coast League Pacific Southern division and had only lost six games all season going into the four-game series.

In the opener Monday night, Reno pitchers dealt Las Vegas a 3-0 shutout. Zeke Spruill started and went three innings when Derek Eitel came in at the start of the fourth. Reno went through six pitchers in the game and allowed only five hits.

Andy Marte first put the Aces on the board in the second inning crossing the plate on a Bobby Wilson double. Trent Oeltjen blasted a solo home run in the seventh as a pinch-hitter for Eitel. Wilson added another RBI on a ground out scoring Aaron Cunningham.

On Tuesday, the Aces pulled out another win with a five-run fourth inning.

Reno went into the fourth down 1-0 when Las Vegas scored on a defensive error by Nick Ahmed.

Mike Jacobs crossed the plate first for Reno off a Bobby Wilson single. Andy Marte scored on an error by the 51s defense, then Randy Wolf hit his first RBI of the season, a sacrifice fly scoring Cunningham. Didi Gregorious added two more on a two-run single bringing home Ahmed and Wilson.

Reno secured the win with two more in the fifth with an RBI from Cunningham and another from Wilson.

Las Vegas scored two in the fifth and two in the eighth as Reno went on to win 7-5.

Randy Wolf registered his third win in a row going 5.1 innings with three runs, seven hits, six strikeouts and three walks.

Reno’s first loss in the series came Wednesday night when Las Vegas posted a five-run inning of it’s own winning by a score of 6-1.

The game was tied going into the seventh. Reno manager Phil Nevin replaced pitcher Alex Sanabia, who came on for starter Lucas Harrell in the fifth, with Eury De La Rosa in the seventh. De La Rosa failed to record an out and gave up five runs on two hits. He was replaced by Will Harris, who finished the game.

Las Vegas dealt Reno a blowout loss in the series finale Thursday. The 51s scored 19 runs on 21 hits with a six-run third inning and seven-run eighth.

Starting pitcher Charles Brewer went three innings giving up nine runs on nine hits including a solo home run to Las Vegas’ Andrew Brown.

Reno plated two in the game on an RBI double by Roger Keischnick scoring Nick Evans and an RBI groundout by Cunningham scoring Keischnick. The game ended with a 19-2 loss and a series split.

The loss doesn’t come without a silver lining however; Reno is the only team to win two games in a series against Las Vegas this season, both coming at Cashman Stadium.

The 14-14 Aces now travel to Salt Lake City to take on the Bees in a four-game series before returning home for a 12 game homestand.

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