RENO, NV - The Aces set a franchise-record with 25 hits in a 18-4 win over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in the series finale Tuesday afternoon at Aces Ballpark.
Every position player in the starting lineup had at least two hits, led by Nick Ahmed’s five, which tied a franchise-record for most hits in a single game for an individual batter. The offense came early and often for the Aces as they plated five runs in the first inning.
Sky Sox starter Brian Burres issued four walks in the opening inning, and Reno took full advantage. Andy Marte’s bases-loaded walk brought home the first run of the game. Shortly after, Danny Dorn hit a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0. Argenis Diaz and Bobby Wilson added RBI-singles in the frame.
A 6-1 lead stretched to 8-1 in the third inning when Aaron Cunningham laced a 2-RBI triple to deep center. It scored Ahmed and starting pitcher Bo Schultz.
In the fourth, doubles by Nick Evans and Danny Dorn made it 9-1. Ahmed collected his third hit of the day, a single, in the fifth inning. He scored on Alfredo Marte’s base-hit up the middle. Two batters later, Andy Marte drove in Alfredo Marte with a line drive single to left.
The hits kept coming as Reno plated seven runs in the sixth inning, their second-highest output of the season in a single inning.
Argenis Diaz led off with a single and Bobby Wilson followed with an RBI double, his fourth hit of the day. Bo Schultz then dropped a single down the right-field line to put runners at the corners for Ahmed. The shortstop hit the first pitch he saw from right-hander Dan Houston out to left-center for a three-run homer to make it 15-4.
The next two batters made outs in the inning, and Evans and Andy Marte followed with singles to left to put runners on first and second. After Colorado Springs brought in a new pitcher, Danny Dorn connected and drove the ball over the wall in right-center to give the Aces their second three-run homer of the frame and an 18-4 advantage.
With two outs in the seventh inning, Ahmed hit a single deep in the hole between short and third to give Reno its 24th hit of the day to break the record. Cunningham followed with a double to right for hit number 25 to cap the Aces’ offense.
Ahmed finished the game 5-for-6 with two doubles, a home run, three RBI and three runs scored. Every Aces position player had at least one RBI in the game, with the exception of Evans.
Dorn drove in five in the game and scored once in a 2-for-5 effort. The Aces recorded a season-high eight doubles in the game, including two each from Ahmed and Cunningham.
Schultz got the win for the Aces after he went seven innings and allowed four runs on eight hits while striking out five. He also contributed a hit and two runs scored at the plate.
The Aces have an off day tomorrow, and will travel to Albuquerque to open a five-game series with the Isotopes on Thursday. The teams will play a double-header on Friday to make up the game that was rained out on May 25. Zeke Spruill (3-4, 6.75) will get the nod for Reno in the series opener Thursday, and Albuquerque hasn’t announced a starter yet.
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