Aces Blank 51s in Series Opener

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Las Vegas, Nev.— A six-pitcher effort combined to shutout the Las Vegas 51s, 3-0, Monday night at Cashman Field as the Aces improved to 13-12.

Right-hander Zeke Spruill made his first start of the season after working out of the bullpen in his first seven appearances. Working on a pitch limit, Spruill kept the 51s off the board for 3 1/3 innings and struck out four.

The Aces grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second inning with a two-out rally. Andy Marte drew a walk, and Bobby Wilson followed with an opposite-field RBI double.

Derek Eitel relieved Spruill in the fourth and promptly struck out Zach Lutz and retired Juan Centeno on a groundout. Eitel breezed through the fifth and sixth innings, lowering his ERA to 0.63 in the process.

Reno got a huge boost from Trent Oeltjen in the seventh. Pinch-hitting for Eitel, Oeltjen hit a solo blast to right-center to give the Aces a 2-0 lead.

The bottom of the seventh consisted of the Aces using three pitchers to retire the side. Kevin Munson started the frame by retiring Zach Lutz. The next two batters, Centeno and Daniel Muno cracked back-to-back singles. Phil Nevin turned to lefty Joe Paterson who threw one pitch to pinch-hitter Wilmer Flores to induce a groundout. Nevin then made another switch to right-hander Will Harris to get lead-off hitter Juan Lagares.

Reno added another insurance run in the eighth on a run-scoring groundout from Wilson. The backstop finished 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs.

Harris turned it over to Jess Todd in the bottom of the ninth. Working in back-to-back games, Todd retired the 51s in order for his fourth save of the season.

Game two of the series is Tuesday night at Cashman Field. The Aces send left-hander Randy Wolf (2-1, 3.71) to the mound against Las Vegas right-hander Rafael Montero (3-0, 3.95). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.