RENO, Nev. — The Albuquerque Isotopes put on an offensive display on their way to a 16-7 win over the Aces Friday night at Aces Ballpark.
The ‘Topes sent ten to the plate in a six-run sixth inning to break open a scoreless game.
Aces starter Bo Schultz struck out his counterpart Carlos Frias to begin the inning but ran into trouble shortly after. A single by Chone Figgins and three straight doubles gave Albuquerque a 3-0 lead.
Schultz struck out Brock Peterson for the second out of the inning, then allowed run-scoring hits by Jamie Romak and Mike Baxter to make it 5-0.
The ‘Topes were back at it again in the fourth when Tim Federowicz blasted a two-run homer and Baxter singled in another run. Erisbel Arruebarrena launched a three-run homer in the sixth to put the Aces in an 11-0 hole.
Reno got on the board in the sixth in a big way. Hits by Blake Lalli and Dustin Martin, followed by a walk by Andy Marte loaded the bases for Roger Kieschnick. The left-fielder laced a two-run single to right to get the Aces on the board.
Mike Jacobs walked and Mike Freeman hit an RBI-groundout to trim the lead to 11-3. Bobby Wilson followed with a two-run single and Ronny Cedeno hit a triple into the gap in right-center to score Wilson and cut the lead to 11-6.
The offense kept coming from the Isotopes as they plated three more in the eighth, and two in the ninth. Brock Peterson hit the third home run of the night for Albuquerque in the ninth.
Albuquerque collected 21 hits, tying the largest output against Aces in 2014. Romak led the charge with four hits and Federowicz had three hits and four RBI.
The Aces remain 4.5 games behind the Sacramento River Cats in the Pacific Northern Division. Game two of the four-game series is set for Saturday night. Right-hander Mike Bolsinger (5-1, 3.30) starts for the Aces against right-hander Zach Lee (6-8, 4.98). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.