SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Reno Aces took on the Sacramento River Cats from Raley Field on Sunday afternoon in the final game of a three-game series. Southpaw Aaron Laffey got the start on the mound for Reno, entering the game with a 2-0 record and 3.99 ERA. Laffey finished with 6.2 IP, seven K's and allowed three runs on seven hits. Offensively, the Aces were led by Socrates Brito who finished 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI.
Wynton Bernard got the River Cats going in the bottom of the second inning, drilling a two-out double to deep left field. Ali Castillo followed with a single hit to shallow right field. Right fielder Kristopher Negron bobbled the blooper, allowing Castillo to get to second and Bernard to score. Reno would not waste any time, responding with a two-spot in the top of the third inning.
Ildemaro Vargas sparked a two-out rally with his 20th double of 2017. Ketel Marte then drew a four-pitch walk against Sacramento starter Dan Slania. Recently optioned to Reno after finishing his MLB Rehab assignment, Socrates Brito laced an RBI-double to score Vargas and Marte giving the Aces a 2-1 lead. Reno would tack on a third run in the top of the fourth inning thanks to two singles by Jack Reinheimer and Kristopher Negron.
A walk to Mac Williamson, followed by back-to-back singles by Tim Federowicz and Juan Ciriaco would tie things up for Sacramento in the bottom of the fourth. Sacramento would not plate any more runs in the ballgame. Tied at three, Reno broke things open in the top of the sixth inning.
The Aces sent seven to the plate in the sixth inning. Brito started off the inning with a solo home run, his first of the season with Reno. After a walk to Reinheimer, back-to-back doubles by Negron and Willians Austidillo extended the lead to 6-3. Reno would tack on one insurance run in the top of the eighth inning after a Borenstein triple and Reinheimer RBI single.
Things got interesting in the bottom of the ninth. Sacramento plated two to narrow the Aces lead, but couldn't get across the additional two. Closer Jimmie Sherfy picked up save numer seven of the season. Aaron Laffey improved to 3-0 on the year. The win this afternoon gives the Aces 40 on the season, most in the Pacific Coast League. Reno returns to Greater Nevada Field on June 17th where they will face the Las Vegas 51's. Tickets are on-sale now at www.renoaces.com or by calling (775) 334-4700. Follow the club all season long on Twitter (@Aces) or like the team on Facebook.
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