Aces win opener in Salt Lake in shutout fashion

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - Taylor Widener entered the 2019 campaign as one of the top prospects in all of baseball. While adjusting to life in the Pacific Coast League, the right-hander has not been his reported dominant self. That all changed with the first outing of his career in Salt Lake City, Utah. Widener went six innings tonight, allowed zero runs on three hits and struck out five in a 7-0 Aces' win.

Connor Grey came in for relief and finished the job started by Widener. The offense waited three innings to get started tonight. A fielding error and a walk got the inning started. The inning ended with seven runs in the scoring column behind six consecutive hits. Yasmany Tomas led the way this evening, finishing 3-for-5 with 2 RBI. Reno will play Salt Lake again tomorrow at Smith’s Ballpark at 6:05 p.m. PT.

Top Performers - Reno
• Yasmany Tomas (3-for-5, 2 RBI)
• Kevin Cron (2-for-4, R, RBI)
• Taylor Widener (6.0 IP, 5 K, 3 H, 0 ER)
Top Performers – Salt Lake
• Matt Ball (3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 ER)
• Taylor Ward (1-for-4)
• Jose Rojas (2-for-4)

Notes & Information
Vote Ketel: Former Aces shortstop is playing out-of-this-world for the Diamondbacks this season. He set a D-backs franchise record after recording his eighth consecutive multi-hit performance. #VoteKetel starts tomorrow at 9:00 AM. Fans can vote for him twice: (1) By going to dbacks.com/vote (2) By Googling "Ketel Marte". Marte played 70 games for Reno in 2017 and batted .338 with six homers.

No Runs for you: The combination of Taylor Widener, Connor Grey and Robby Scott tossed the third Reno shutout of the season tonight. The last time Reno had a shutout was on June 22 vs. Albuquerque (1-0). The last time Reno blanked the Salt Lake Bees was on August 4, 2016 by a score of 1-0.

There Goes That Man: Diamondbacks beat reporter Steve Gilbert reported this afternoon that rehabbing infielder Jake Lamb was seen in the D-backs clubhouse and is ready to go. There is no official word yet on when he will return to action. In his 12 games with Triple-A Reno this season, Lamb hit .179 with a home run, two doubles and seven RBI.