Las Vegas, Nev.— It was over early in Las Vegas as the 51s opened up a 9-0 lead and cruised to a 19-2 win over the Aces Thursday night at Cashman Field.
Starter Charles Brewer struggled from the get-go as he allowed three runs in the first inning. Anthony Seratelli started by drawing a lead-off walk. Seratelli, Eric Campbell who singled, and Andrew Brown who also singled, all scored runs for the 51s in the first.
The third started in similar fashion as Brewer walked the lead-off man, Alan Dykstra. Left-fielder Andrew Brown followed with a booming home run to left to give the 51s a 5-0 lead. It didn’t end there, however, as seven of the next eight batters reached.
Las Vegas scored six runs in the inning, one night after they plated five runs in the eighth. They would add an even bigger inning later in the game.
The Aces got on the board in the sixth when Roger Kieschnick laced a double to the wall in center that scored Nick Evans. Kieschnick would later triple and score a run as well. He finished 2-for-4 with a pair of extra base hits in his return to the Aces.
The 51s added a pair of home runs in the sixth inning as Zach Lutz hit a solo blast and catcher Taylor Teagarden launched a two-run homer two batters later. Las Vegas pounded out seven hits in the bottom of the eighth and plated seven more runs.
Aaron Cunningham was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Mike Jacobs extended his hitting streak to six games with a fourth-inning double. Jacobs has hit safely in 23 of 27 games.
Derek Eitel tossed two scoreless frames in relief and racked up four strikeouts. Lefty Joe Paterson also worked a scoreless inning.
The Aces head to Salt Lake City to open a four-game series against the Bees Friday night. Right-hander Bo Schultz (2-2, 2.90) gets the ball for the Reno against Salt Lake right-hander Matt Shoemaker (0-0, 9.00). First pitch is scheduled for 5:35 PST.