RENO, NV – Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but the long ball proved deadly for the Aces lineup Saturday night in their 8-3 win over Las Vegas. This one was close at first, a 2-2 tie into the bottom of the fifth inning. That’s when Domingo Leyba stepped to the plate and gave the Aces a big cushion sending a ball over the right field wall for a 3-run home run. Fast forward to the sixth, when Abraham Almonte launched another 3-run missile to right center field registering at 109 MPH off the bat and 484 feet away from home plate according to Trackman. This is the 14th game in a row the Aces have homered.
Lefty Alex Young gave Reno a solid start going 4.0 innings while giving up six hits and allowing two runs. From there, it was bullpen who shut the door. Ryan Atkinson, Marc Rzepczynski, Stefan Crichton, and Kevin Ginkel combined to throw five innings of 1-run baseball surrendering just two hits. Atkinson picked up the win tonight going 1.1 scoreless innings while striking out two. A starter is yet to be announced in tommorrow’s 6:35 p.m. matchup with the Aviators. Former Aces righty Jake Buchanan will take the ball for Las Vegas.
Top Performers - Reno
• Abraham Almonte (1-for-3, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R)
• Domingo Leyba (1-for-4, HR, 3 RBI, R)
• Alex Young (4.0, 6 H, 2 ER, 6 K)
Top Performers – Las Vegas
• Sheldon Neuse (2-for-3, HR)
• Nick Martini (1-for-5, RBI)
• Parker Dunshee (5.2 IP, 5 ER, 110 pitches)