RENO, Nev.—Three big frames—including a 10-run fifth inning—vaulted the Reno Aces to a 22-8 victory over the Albuquerque Isotopes in the series opener Friday night at Aces Ballpark.
The Aces’ 22 runs set a franchise record, topping the previous mark of 21 set in 2009. The club’s 21 hits tied for third-most in club history.
The Aces jumped on top early, scoring five times in the first inning and adding four more in the third. Albuquerque clawed back, though, drawing to within four runs in the fifth.
In that fifth frame, though, Reno blew the game wide open. The Aces brought 15 men to the plate and scored 10 times to take a lead they would not relinquish.
Aces starter Charles Brewer (9-6) earned the victory, scattering six runs on seven hits over 5.0 innings of work. Brewer walked three and struck out two. After his exit, Matt Gorgen worked two scoreless innings, and Jensen Lewis held Albuquerque to two runs over the game’s final two frames.
The loss fell to Isotopes starter Fernando Nieve (5-7), who surrendered nine runs—six earned—through 2.2 innings of work.
At the dish for Reno, Jake Elmore, Josh Bell and Taylor Harbin drove in four runs apiece. Harbin and Bell registered four-hit efforts, while Mike Jacobs homered and finished with three hits. Seven Aces recorded a multi-hit game, and 11 different batters scored a run.
The series continues on Saturday night at Aces Ballpark. RHP Bryan Henry (2-0, 3.86 ERA) gets the nod for Reno, while Albuquerque will counter with RHP Stephen Fife (8-5, 4.25 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. PT. Saturday’s game will include the Reno Aces Messenger Bag Giveaway presented by KOLO 8 News Now, and $1 hot dogs in the continuation of Hot Doggest Nights.