MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Billy Buckner threw 6.1 shutout frames and the Reno bullpen picked up where the starter left off, as the Aces blanked the Memphis Redbirds, 1-0, Sunday afternoon at AutoZone Park.
The game’s lone run came in the second inning, when Reno capitalized on a Redbirds miscue. With two outs already in the inning, Chris Roberson singled and stole second to put a runner in scoring position with Ruben Gotay at the plate. Gotay grounded to third baseman Brett Wallace, whose throw sailed over the first baseman’s head and allowed Roberson to score from second. As it would turn out, that would be the game’s lone run.
Buckner (2-2) was outstanding on the day, shutting down the Redbirds over 6.1 innings. Buckner scattered five hits and struck out a season-high eight batters. Out of the Aces pen, Doug Slaten allowed just a hit with two strikeouts over 1.2 innings before Bobby Korecky came on to earn his third save in a scoreless ninth.
The tough-luck loser Sunday afternoon was former Ace Evan MacLane (2-3). The left-hander went 7.1 innings but was victimized by an early error, allowing just the unearned run in the second inning.
At the plate for the Aces, Trent Oeltjen collected two hits, as did newly acquired Abraham Nunez, who recorded his first hits in a Reno uniform.
The series continues tomorrow night, with a 5:05 p.m. PT first pitch from AutoZone Park. RHP Hector Ambriz (0-2, 7.84 ERA) gets the nod for Reno. Memphis is set to counter with RHP Adam Ottavino (0-4, 5.59 ERA). The action can be heard live on Fox Sports Radio 1450 AM.
The Aces return home on May 21 for an eight-game homestand. For tickets, stop by the Aces Ballpark Box Office, call (775) 334-7000 or visit www.RenoAces.com.
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Reno 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 1
Memphis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 3
WP—Buckner (2-2); LP—MacLane (2-3); S—Korecky (3)
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