RENO, Nevada - The Reno Aces (24-15) continued to flex their muscles on Tuesday night, racing past the Round Rock Express (15-24) by a final score of 9-0. The E-Train managed just three hits while suffering their third shutout loss of the season.
Express starter RHP Eddie Gamboa (2-4, 7.56) dropped his third decision in a row after allowing eight runs, only seven of which were earned, on nine hits in 4.2 innings. The knuckleballer walked three while striking out two. On the winning side, Aces starter RHP Braden Shipley (4-1, 3.35) earned the win after a dominant performance. The righty blanked Round Rock on just three hits and a walk in eight innings. He struck out five en route to his fourth win of the year.
The Aces scored in the first five innings of the game. SS Ketel Marte kickstarted the scoring with a solo home run in the bottom of the first. One inning later, 3B Carlos Rivero doubled, took third base on a Jack Reinheimer fielder's choice out, then scored on a Ronnie Freeman single. An ensuing Kristopher Negron triple scored Freeman to extend the lead to 3-0.
In the third, 1B Christian Walker worked a one-out walk then trotted home on a Jeremy Hazelbaker triple. Freeman then opened the fourth with a single before moving around the bases on back-to-back groundouts from Negron and 2B Ildemaro Vargas . In the next at-bat, Gamboa skipped a pitch under C Brett Nicholas ' glove, allowing Freeman to score on the passed ball.
After Walker doubled to open the fifth, Hazelbaker stepped to the plate and blasted Reno's second homer of the day, a two-run shot that extended his team's lead to 7-0. The Aces tacked on another run as back-to-back singles from Reinheimer and Freeman chased Gamboa from the game. RHP Jaye Chapman entered the game and instantly walked the next two batters, forcing in a run in the process.
Reno added one last run in the bottom of the eighth. With RHP R.J. Alvarez on to pitch, Negron worked a leadoff walk. Vargas then collected his first hit of the night in the next at-bat, singling to the gap in right-center to score Negron, pushing the gap to 9-0.
Offensively, Round Rock managed just three hits and five total baserunners. Only three E-Train hitters advanced past first base, but the team couldn't record a hit in six tries with runners in scoring position. Nicholas notched the team's only extra-base hit on the night, a line drive double to lead off the seventh inning.
The two teams meet again on Wednesday night. Express RHP Brady Dragmire (0-2, 4.22) is scheduled to make his first start of the season while the Aces plan to send LHP Anthony Banda (3-2, 4.17) to the mound. First pitch at Greater Nevada Field is set for 8:35 p.m. CDT.
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