RENO, NV – Down by a single run in the bottom of the seventh inning, Aces outfielder Jamie Westbrook came to the plate with runners in scoring position. Westbrook, who had not recorded a hit in his last four starts, doubled home Ildemaro Vargas and Kevin Cron with a sinking line drive down the left-field line to give Reno a 6-5 advantage. With Jon Duplantier being recalled by the Arizona Diamondbacks this afternoon, right-hander Connor Grey got the spot start for manager Chris Cron in game one of the four-game series Thursday night. Grey spun four innings of four-run baseball and struck out three. Joey Krehbiel and Damien Magnifico worked some reliever magic with four innings of one-run ball while striking out six. Vargas, Westbrook and Alberto Rosario all finished with multiple hits tonight helping secure Reno’s 58th victory of the season and climbing six games back of the first place Sacramento River Cats. The Aces will look for victory number two tomorrow night with the first pitch slated for 7:05 p.m. Taylor Clarke is scheduled to get the start for Reno and face off against southpaw Conner Menez.
Top Performers - Reno
• Jamie Westbrook (2-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI)
• Ildemaro Vargas (2-for-4, RBI, R)
• Damien Magnifico (W, 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 K)
Top Performers – Sacramento
• Abiatal Avelino (2-for-4, 2 R)
• Jaylin Davis (2-for-4, R, RBI)
• Mauricio Dubon (2-for-4, 2 RBI)
Notes & Information
Pacific Northern Division: With a victory tonight, the Aces are now just six games back of the first place Sacramento River Cats with seven games remaining against their Southern foes. The Aces took a 5-4 season series advantage over the River Cats. The club is hitting a combined .269 against Sacramento this season with 10 home runs, 41 RBIs, and 57 runs scored.
Ejections: Aces manager Chris Cron was ejected this evening for the fourth time this season. Tonight’s ejection followed a play where Ben DeLuzio was ruled out due to running outside of the baseline. Prior to tonight, Cron had last been ejected on May 29 @ Albuquerque.
Roster Moves: Prior to tonight’s game, the Reno Aces made the following roster moves: Yasmany Tomas was placed on Reno’s Injured List, Juniel Querecuto was placed on Reno’s Injured List, Lucas Herbert was placed on Reno’s Injured List, Stefan Crichton was recalled by Arizona, Jon Duplantier was recalled by Arizona, Blake Swihart was designated to Reno, Caleb Joseph was activated off Reno’s IL, Connor Grey was transferred from Hillsboro to Reno and Robby Scott was optioned from Arizona to Reno. It is the most roster moves Reno has made this season in a single day.