LAS VEGAS, Nev.— The Las Vegas offense struck early and often, as Reno fell 11-1 Thursday night at Cashman Field.
RHP Garrett Mock made the spot start for the Aces, in replacement of injured RHP Chase Anderson. Mock was touched up for six runs in the first inning, which included a pair of 2-run home runs by the 51s. Shortstop Brandon Hicks, and outfielder Brian Bixler each recorded long balls, while catcher Wilmer Flores delivered a 2-run double in the big first inning for Las Vegas.
The 51s tacked on two additional runs in the second inning, and three runs in the fourth inning as a part of their early scoring attack.
At the plate for Reno, shortstop Chris Owings extended his PCL leading hitting streak to 18 games, with a single in the top of the first inning.
In the top of the third, Owings added another single, which gave him his 40th base-hit of the month of May. Owings has now began the 2013 season with back-to-back months with 40 plus hits.
First basemen Kila Ka’aihue mashed his 16th home run of the season in the sixth inning, which snapped five scoreless innings from Las Vegas starting pitcher Chris Schwinden.
Schwinden earned the victory for Las Vegas, allowing only one earned run in 6.2 innings pitched.
The series concludes Friday night at Cashman Field. RHP Charles Brewer (3-4, 4.97 ERA) gets the nod for Reno, while Las Vegas will counter with RHP D.J. Mitchell (1-1, 8.17 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. PT.
The Aces return home on June 1 for a stretch of 12 home games in 13 days.