RENO, Nev.—Reno jumped on the board in the first inning for the fourth time this homestand, but ultimately fell 10-2 to the Las Vegas 51’s on Tuesday afternoon at Aces Ballpark.
The Aces first run came on an RBI groundout by Kila Ka’aihue in the bottom of the first. The RBI extended Ka’aihue’s team-leading RBI count to 26.
Reno did not score again until the bottom of the ninth, when Tyler Bortnick singled to drive home Ed Easley.
Las Vegas posted two, three-run innings and a four-run inning to claim the victory over Reno. Aces pitchers struggled, allowing a run to cross on a hit by pitch, two wild pitches and a walk in the game.
RHP Garrett Mock was charged with the loss in his first start of the season. He gave up three earned runs on three hits through 4.0 innings, while walking three batters. RHP Bo Schultz and RHP Will Harris each had scoreless relief outings for Reno.
RHP Zack Wheeler, the New York Mets No. 1 Prospect, earned his first win of the season for Las Vegas. Wheeler gave up just one earned run on five hits through 6.2 innings, while striking out eight.
The series continues Wednesday night at Aces Ballpark. RHP Randall Delgado (0-2, 9.00 ERA) will get the nod for Reno, while Las Vegas will counter with RHP Carlos Torres (0-2, 6.27 ERA). First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. PT.