Reno, Nev.— The Salt Lake Bees jumped out to an early lead with a five-run first inning and never looked back en route to a 14-5 victory over the Reno Aces at Smith’s Ballpark in Salt Lake.
The Bees’ first five batters of the game hit safely, and Salt Lake took a 3-0 lead before Reno could register its first out.
When all was said and done, Salt Lake scored five runs in the first inning, two in the third, four in the fifth and three runs in the sixth inning.
Reno starter Bo Schultz tied a franchise record with 11 earned runs allowed. It was the fourth time in franchise history a starter had surrendered 11 earned runs, and the last player to allow that many was Nelson Figueroa on May 25, 2013 against Fresno.
The Aces came close to tying the franchise record for most runs allowed over a two-game span. They’ve given up 33 in the last two games, second only to the 37 runs last year’s team gave up on April 13 and 14 against Sacramento.
Didi Gregorius and Aaron Cunningham were the bright spots for Reno. Gregorius went 3-for-5 with a home run, double and two RBI, and Cunningham finished 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI.
Reno will look to turn its three-game skid around tomorrow in Salt Lake for game two of the four-game set. The Aces turn to RHP Zeke Spruill (0-1, 4.73) and Salt Lake will send LHP Jose Alvarez (0-1, 5.59) to the hill. First pitch is scheduled for 5:35 p.m.