FRESNO, CA (KOLO) - The Aces never trailed in their 8-6 victory Saturday night over the Fresno Grizzlies. The win marked the team's fifth straight win, tying a 2019 high. Reno put a four spot on the board in the top of the second with the big blow coming off the bat of infielder Carlos Asuaje, a three-run blast. The team added two more runs in the third. Travis Snider launched a two-run home run in the inning. With the score 7-3 by the six inning, Abraham Almonte hit his 14th dinger of the season, a solo shot to right. Fresno made it interesting with back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the eighth and a run in the ninth, but it wasn't enough for the Grizzlies. Ben Lively picked up his second win of the season for Reno and sixth overall tossing five innings while allowing three runs on five hits to go with three strikeouts. Kevin Ginkel earned his first four-out save of the season for the Aces and fifth overall. The victory improves Reno to 47-59 with 34 games left to play this season. The team will be back at it tomorrow evening with Riley Smith announced as the starting pitcher and first pitch slated for 5:05 p.m.
Top Performers - Reno
• Abraham Almonte (2-for-3, HR, 2 R)
• Carlos Asuaje (2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI)
• Travis Snider (1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI)
Top Performers – Fresno
• Raudy Read (1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI)
• Chuck Taylor (1-for-3, HR)
• Brandon Snyder (4-for-5, HR, 2 RBI)
Longball Snider: With outfielder Travis Snider's third inning two-run home run, it marked the second consecutive game the lefty homered. It is the first time Snider has homered in back-to-back games since he went yard in three straight on 7/22-23/14 against the Los Angeles Dodgers while playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He homered in his next plate appearance which came on 7/29/14 @ San Francisco to make it three straight games.
Quality Smith: Riley Smith will take the ball for manager Chris Cron tomorrow at 5:05 p.m. against the Grizzlies. He enters the game with a 2-0 record and 4.45 ERA in five starts. He has quality starts in four straight games. In his last four starts, he is 1-0 with a 2.55 ERA in 24.2 innings pitched. He leads the Aces in quality starts this season. Taylor Widener and Braden Shipley each have three, good for second on the team.
Looking for a Sweep: With a victory tomorrow, it will be fourth sweep of the season for the Aces and second in a row. The Aces swept the Nashville Sounds on June 4-6. They swept the Salt Lake Bees on June 25-28. Lastly, they swept the Tacoma Rainiers on June 23-25. It would be the first time the Aces swept two consecutive series since they took four games from Tacoma and then four more against Memphis on May 4-11, 2012.