RENO, NV - The Reno Aces fell by a score of 6-3 to the Las Vegas Aviators in game one of the Silver State Diamond Challenge Monday night. The team down south got a great pitching performance from righty Paul Blackburn who threw six innings, zero earned runs while allowing just three hits and striking out four. The Aviators had just five hits in the game, but scored six runs thanks to three separate sacrifice flies. Las Vegas’ first baseman Seth Brown had the game of the night with an RBI-triple along with launching an eighth inning 2-run bomb over the right field wall.
The Aces got a good start from Vinny Nittoli who went five innings surrendering just two earned runs to go with two hits. The Aces tried to rally late while chasing six runs with three runs of their own in the bottom of the eighth with RBI contributions from Yasmany Tomas and Tyler Heineman but ultimately came up short. The club will be back at it again tomorrow with a day game and first pitch slated for 11:05 a.m. Taylor Widener will be on the bump for Reno looking for his second Triple-A win.
Top Performers - Reno
• Tyler Heineman (1-for-4, 2 RBI)
• Kevin Cron (2-for-4, R)
• Vinny Nittoli (5.0 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 3 K)
Top Performers – Las Vegas
• Seth Brown (2-for-4, HR, 3B, 3 RBI)
• Skye Bolt (0-for-2, 2 R, 2 BB)
• Paul Blackburn (6.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 4 K)