RENO, Nev. — Sacramento starter Matt Buschmann shut down the Aces offense in the River Cats’ 2-0 win over the Aces Saturday night in Reno. It’s the fifth time the Aces were shut out this season and first since May 19th.
Buschmann scattered five hits over 6 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out five in his seventh win of the season. He retired the 10 of the final 11 batters he faced.
The biggest test Buschmann faced was in the bottom of the fourth inning when he hit Garrett Weber and a single by Zach Borenstein put runners at the corners with one out. The right-hander struck out Ronny Cedeno, then retired Mike Freeman on a groundout to end the threat.
Opposing Buschmann was Bradin Hagens who was making his Aces and Triple-A debut. Up from Double-A Mobile, he retired the first two batters of the game before he issued a walk to Kyle Blanks. The walk came back to hurt when Daric Barton lined a double down the left-field line to give Sacramento a 1-0 lead.
Hagens wiggled out of a jam in the third when he got an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play to keep the game at 1-0.
The River Cats added their second run in the fourth on Alden Carrithers’ RBI single that scored Shane Peterson who hit a one-out triple to right-center.
Sacramento’s Joe Savery got out of a jam in the bottom of the eighth inning, and Reno’s Blake Cooper escaped a one-out, bases loaded situation in the top of the ninth.
For the second straight night, Jeremy McBryde worked a scoreless ninth inning to close out a River Cats win.
Game four of the five-game set is set for Sunday night. Right-hander Bo Schultz (8-7, 5.75) starts for the Aces against right-hander Arnold Leon (10-6, 4.89) for the River Cats. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m.
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