RENO, Nev.— Seth Etherton pitched the Aces to their fifth-straight victory Saturday night, striking out a career-high-tying 13 batters in a 10-1 Reno win over Fresno Saturday night at Aces Ballpark.
Etherton (11-8) tossed eight innings of near-flawless ball, allowing just one run on four hits. His 13 strikeouts set an Aces franchise record, as he kept Fresno off-balance throughout the evening. Jose Marte tossed a scoreless ninth to seal the victory for Reno.
The Aces jumped on the Grizzlies early with five first-inning runs. Reno sent 10 men to the plate in the first, with Taylor Harbin leading the charge with a two-run double. Konrad Schmidt and Etherton added run-scoring singles in the frame as Reno took a 5-0 lead and coasted to the victory.
T.J. Brewer took the loss for Fresno in his first-career Triple-A appearance. Brewer was making his first appearance since being promoted to Fresno from Single-A San Jose.
Harbin (2-for-4, 4 RBIs) has now reached base in all four of his Triple-A starts, and improved his average to .462 (6-for-13) with Reno. Schmidt, another call-up from Single-A Visalia, went 3-for-4 with an RBI.
The Aces go for the series victory Sunday, as they send RHP Tony Barnette (13-8, 5.80 ERA) to the mound. Fresno counters with RHP Matt Kinney (8-13, 5.25 ERA). The Spitball Gang will make an appearance at Aces Ballpark Sunday, with first pitch set for 5:05 P.M.
For tickets, stop by the Aces Ballpark Box Office, call (775) 334-7000 or visit www.RenoAces.com.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Fresno 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 6 1
Reno 5 0 0 0 4 0 0 1 X 10 11 0
WP—Etherton (11-8); LP—Brewer (0-1)
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