RENO, NV – Not much went right for the Reno Aces in the series opener against the Fresno Grizzlies Wednesday night. Fresno topped the Aces 9-5, giving the Aces their 14th loss of the young season, and sixth straight.
Diamondbacks’ top pitching prospect Jon Duplantier got the start tonight for Chris Cron. Duplantier went three innings, allowed one earned run and struck out three. Each of his first three starts with the Aces this season has been three innings or less. Fresno was led by Brandon Snyder who went 4-for-4 with a double, a home run, two RBI and three runs scored. Grizzlies’ starter, Paolo Espino, was very effective for Fresno allowing three earned runs over seven innings. Both of his wins this season are against Reno.
Fresno got into the scoring column right away. Carter Keiboom drove in the games first run with a double into center field. Snyder brought in two more with a single into right field that was misplayed by Abraham Almonte. Duplantier would settle down in his next two innings of work and exit with the Aces down 3-2. Braden Shipley, Robby Scott, Joey Krehbiel, Marc Rzepczynski, and Jimmie Sherfy followed Duplantier out of the bullpen. Shipley was tagged for six runs and Krehbiel was charged with one run. The Aces made a late push with a two-run home run off the bat of Yasmany Tomas in the bottom of the eighth to cut the deficit to four. The Aces put two men on in the ninth but ultimately could not bring any runs in. Taylor Widener takes the ball for the Aces in game two of the series tomorrow with first pitch on tap for 6:35 p.m.
Top Performers - Reno
• Yasmany Tomas (1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI)
• Tyler Heineman (2-for-3, RBI, R, BB)
• Tim Locastro (1-for-4, 3B, RBI, R)
Top Performers – Fresno
• Brandon Snyder (4-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, 3 R)
• Carter Kieboom (2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, R)
• Paolo Espino (7.0 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, 5 K)
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