Fresno, Calif. – The 2019 baseball season is officially underway following the Reno Aces first contest Thursday night in Fresno, California. Reno dropped their first game by a score of 5-4 despite a strong outing from starter Taylor Clarke.
The Arizona Diamondbacks’ number 11 prospect according to Baseball America went five innings and allowed just four hits while striking out two. 2018 All-PCL selection Kevin Cron launched his first home run of the season leading off the top of the 8th inning, but it wasn’t enough to spark the Aces.
Former Aces outfielder and current Fresno Grizzlies outfielder Collin Cowgill got the home team into the scoring column with a solo blast off Clarke. Jacob Wilson followed Cowgill’s lead with another solo homer to get the bottom of the fifth rolling. The Aces kept the score tied up at two before a two-run Fresno 7th gave the Grizzlies a 4-2 advantage. Cron’s home run in the top of the 8th got the Aces closer and Domingo Leyba’s triple to score Kelby Tomlinson sent the game to extra innings. Fresno inched out a victory with a walkoff-single in the bottom of the 10th. This is just the third Opening Day loss for the Biggest Little Ball Club, and first in their last five showings. Reno will square off against the Grizzlies again tomorrow night with the first pitch slated for 7:05 p.m.
Top Performers - Reno
• Taylor Clarke (5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 K)
• Kevin Cron (1-for-4, 2 R, HR)
• Caleb Joseph (2-for-4)
Top Performers – Fresno Grizzlies
• Collin Cowgill (2-for-3, 2 R, HR)
• Derek Self (2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 K)
• Jacob Wilson (1-for-3, HR, RBI)
DAY DATE OPPONENT PROBABLE PITCHERS TIME (PT) (PT) RADIO/TV
5 Fresno Grizzlies RHP Taylor Widener vs.
RHP Scott Copeland 7:05 p.m. KPLY 630 AM
Notes & Information
Opening Day Dingers: The Aces have hit 10 Opening Day home runs in franchise history. Jeff Bailey (2010) was the first player to accomplish the feat and Kevin Cron (2019) became the latest to do so. Others to hit homers in the first game of the season include 2018 - Christian Walker/Yasmany Tomas, 2017 - Jack Reinheimer/Tuffy Gosewisch, 2015 - Peter O’Brien/Danny Dorn, 2013 - Matt Davidson, 2011 Willy Mo Pena, 2010 - Jeff Bailey.
Extra Extra: Tonight’s extra-inning contest was the second time in Aces franchise history Reno had gone past the regulation nine innings on Opening Day. The last time came in 2010, also against the Fresno Grizzlies. Reno went on to win that game, 5-4, with Daniel Stange earning the victory.