Aces Even Series With Offensive Outburst

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RENO, Nev. — The Aces pounded out 17 hits in an 11-1 thumping of the El Paso Chihuahuas Saturday night in Tucson, Ariz.

As has been the case in their last five games, Reno scored first. They did so in the first inning on a two-run single by Mike Jacobs. Jacobs finished the night with a pair of hits, one of seven Aces with a multi-hit game. The base knock extended his hitting streak to nine games.

Right-hander Bo Schultz didn’t need much support in his dominant outing. Reno’s right-hander allowed just one run on three hits in 6 2/3 innings. He did not walk a batter and he struck out eight. Schultz improved to 1-1 on the year and turned in the fourth consecutive quality start for Reno.

A five-run explosion in the third inning put the game out of reach as the Aces batted around for the second time this year. It started with center fielder Ender Inciarte drawing a walk and promptly stealing second. After a Didi Gregorius groundout, six consecutive reached base, including back-to-back home runs.

Following back-to-back singles by Cody Ross and Jacobs, Roger Kieschnick followed with a solo shot, one of his four hits on the night. Kieschnick finished 4-for-5 with the home run, three doubles, three RBI and a pair of runs scored.

Every starter, aside from Bo Schultz, had at least one hit. Gregorius, Ross, Jacobs, Evans, Kieschnick, Bobby Wilson and Nick Ahmed all collected multi-hit games.

The two teams will meet Sunday afternoon for game three of the four-game series. Right-hander Alex Sanabia (0-1, 9.35) will take the mound for Reno while El Paso will counter with right-hander Brandon Kloess (1-0, 4.50). First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 PST.

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