LAS VEGAS, NV (KOLO) – University of Nevada, Reno alum Braden Shipley got the start on Wolf Pack Night. The 2013 first-round draft pick went 4.1 innings allowing one run while scattering three hits and striking out two. He might not of earned the win, but the Aces did 7-5 over the Salt Lake Bees. The away team took the early lead on a Justin Bour solo home run, but the deficit didn’t last as Reno stormed back. Blake Swihart tied the game in the bottom of the second on a solo-homer to right field that bounced into the Truckee River. The squad followed it up with a five-run third with the big blow coming off the bat of Andy Young, a three-run blast to center. Carlos Asuaje added a run for the Aces with a pinch-hit solo shot in the fourth inning. The Biggest Little City needed all the insurance runs they could get as Salt Lake rallied in the sixth to score four runs. Kaleb Cowart and Brennon Lund had the RBIs in the inning. Stefan Crichton was able to relieve Michael Tonkin during the frame and get the Aces out of the jam with the lead intact. He ended up earning the win tossing three scoreless innings surrendering two hits and striking out two. Ben Taylor got the save in the contest. Reno will be back at it tomorrow for Wizarding World with first pitch slated for 7:05 p.m. PT.
Top Performers - Reno
• Carlos Asuaje (1-for-2, HR)
• Andy Young (2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI)
• Blake Swihart (1-for-4, HR)
Top Performers – Salt Lake
• Justin Bour (1-for-3, HR, 2 R)
• Kaleb Cowart (2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI)
• Brennon Lund (2-for-4, RBI)
Kevin 3-Bags: Kevin Cron hit his third career triple in the first inning of tonight’s ballgame off the center-field wall. His first came in 2016 while playing for Double-A Mobile. The 6-foot-5 250-pound first baseman accomplished the feat last on August 4, 2018 against Oklahoma City at Greater Nevada Field for the Aces.
Theme Night Wins: After tonight’s win on Wolf Pack Night, the Aces are now 6-2 in theme night games this season. Country Fest – Win (6-3 vs. Tacoma), Star Wars – Win (5-3 vs. Memphis), Archie’s Super B-Day – Win (1-0 vs. Albuquerque), Margaritaville – Loss (5-1 vs. Sacramento), 90s Night – Loss (3-2 vs. Fresno), Military Night – Win (13-7 vs. Omaha), Firefighter – Win (13-10 vs. Sacramento), Wolf Pack Night – Win (7-5 vs. Salt Lake). Reno will play their last theme night game of the season tomorrow for Wizarding World against the Bees.
Nevada Ship: Braden Shipley is the highest-drafted athlete ever out of University of Nevada, Reno. He went No. 15 overall to the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2013. Basketball players Luke Babbitt (2010) and Kirk Snyder (2004) both went 16 overall in their respective drafts. He was drafted after earning Mountain West Co-Pitcher of the year and selected to the MW First-Team after posting a 7-3 record and 2.77 ERA in 2013. The righty is the Aces all-time win leader with 25 career victories.