RENO, NV (KOLO) – The Reno Aces dropped the series finale against the Sacramento River Cats Sunday afternoon by a score of 8-1. Braden Shipley got the start for manager Chris Cron and was sharp from start to finish. The right-hander went five innings, allowed zero earned runs and struck out five. A fielding error by Abraham Almonte got the second inning started for the Cats. Cristhian Adames followed it with an RBI-double and Levi Michael added a second run with a sacrifice fly to give the team an early 2-0 lead. Down by two, Reno responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the third inning. A single by Carlos Asuaje followed by a Domingo Leyba double set the table for Almonte. Almonte hit a soft ground ball to the first baseman to bring in Asuaje and give Reno their first and only run of the ball game. Sacramento added two in the top of the seventh and four in the top of the ninth. The Aces will head to Las Vegas tomorrow and take on the Aviators three times before returning home for the final homestand of the season. For tickets and more information visit Renoaces.com or call 775-334-7000.
Top Performers - Reno
• Carlos Asuaje (2-for-3, R)
• Abraham Almonte: (1-for-4, RBI)
• Braden Shipley (5.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 5 K)
Top Performers – Sacramento
• Mauricio Duban (4-for-6, R, 2 RBI)
• Chris Shaw (1-for-4, HR)
• Joe McCarthy (2-for-4, R)
Ship bein’ Ship: Braden Shipley had another great outing for the Reno Aces this afternoon. The right-hander from the University of Nevada went five innings, did not allow an earned run and struck out five. It is the fifth time this season Shipley has struck out five or more in a single game. It is the seventh time this season Shipley has gone five or more innings.
Oops: The Reno defense struggled this afternoon. For just the third time this season, the Aces committed four errors in a single game. The last time this happened was April 28 vs. the Fresno Grizzlies. Entering today’s game, Reno had a fielding percentage of .981 and had committed just 85 errors in over 4,500 total chances.
Power Outage: The Aces managed to score just one run in today’s contest. It was the eighth time this season they’ve scored a single run. They are 1-7 in the games with the lone win coming on 6/22 against Albuquerque. On the bright side, Reno has yet to be shutout this season. In 2018, the club was shutout four times.
Division Watch: With a series split, the Aces remain seven games behind the Sacramento River Cats in the Pacific Northern division. The teams have 15 remaining games left and four head-to-head matchups left in the season.