Welcome to the 2021 Third Edition of Leading Off, the official publication of the Reno Aces Baseball Club. This season long publication will release an updated edition prior to every homestand. Stay up-to-date with everything happening at Greater Nevada Field, and learn more about the opponent coming to town! Its logos and graphics are trademarks of the Reno Aces. All rights reserved. Aces photos provided by Aces Team Photographer David Calvert.
Firework Fridays are back! Come for the game, stick around for the post game fireworks show! Presented by KRNV.
The tradition of post-game Fireworks EVERY FRIDAY is back! Starting this Friday, come for the baseball and stay for the firework show!
The Reno Aces face off against the Sacramento River Cats in a six-game home series starting this Thursday, June 3rd. Thursday’s game will mark the first time the Aces are hosting fans at full capacity since August of 2019.
Sacramento boasts Joey Bart, a number two overall pick of the San Francisco Giants. Bart has a current batting average of .378, with a .429 OBP and 1.095 OPS.
On the road against the River Cats two weeks ago, the Aces won the series 4-2 behind a solid performance from the pitching staff. In the series opener on May 20, Humberto Castellanos had a standout outing on the mound, allowing one run and just two hits in six innings of work.
The Aces went 2-2 in the next four games. The series featured two NL affiliates, which meant no designated hitters were used.
In the final game of the series, the Aces took the win 6-4. Castellanos picked up his second win of the season, holding the River Cats scoreless in five innings, allowing two hits and fanning five. Ryan Butcher registered his sixth save of the season in two innings of relief to secure the series win.
Matt Lipka guided the Aces offense to the series win, batting .370 at the plate, with eight hits and seven RBIs.
The game will be played in front of a Greater Nevada Field crowd with no capacity limitations, the first time since August of 2019. Tickets are on sale at RenoAces.com or by texting TIXX to 21003. All six games will be on KPLY 630 AM with Zack Bayrouty on the call, and Thursday and Friday's games will be available on NSN locally.
The Reno Aces and Community Health Alliance have announced 17 dates to offer free vaccines at Greater Nevada Field for all attending fans, including Tuesday, May 18, at the Aces’ series finale against the Las Vegas Aviators at 12:05 p.m. PT.
“We are excited that baseball is back in Northern Nevada and to partner with the Reno Aces this season to make getting your COVID-19 vaccine even easier,” said Oscar Delgado, CEO of Community Health Alliance. “Getting your vaccine is as easy as getting a hot dog and a cool drink from the snack stand. Be safe and enjoy the season.”
Members of the Community Health Alliance will be present at the stadium on the following dates:
· May 18 and 28
· June 3, 7, 17, and 21
· July 8, 12, 22, and 26
· August 5, 9, 26, and 30
· September 2, 16, and 20
“The Community Health Alliance has been an excellent resource and partner throughout the pandemic to return our fans to Greater Nevada Field,” said Aces President Eric Edelstein. “Getting our community vaccinated is the crucial last step to returning our lives to normal and we are ecstatic to bring them into our home for all of our fans.”
The vaccines will be administered on the concourse behind section 115 and will run for the entirety of the game with Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) available.
Community Health Alliance has seven health centers across Reno and Sparks. They offer quality medical, behavioral and pediatric dental care to the uninsured, underinsured and the insured. They have two in-house pharmacies ensuring that they provide health care for the whole you. Call (775) 329-6300 to make an appointment or visit www.chanevada.org for more information.
The Aces split their first series of the season, holding onto first place in the Triple-A West, West division with a 3-3 series against Tacoma. The series saw plenty of excitement, with two walk-off wins for Reno against the second-place Rainiers.
Reno came out on top in the series opener with an 11-4 win, scoring in five innings straight. Drew Ellis had a solid start to the series, completing a career-high five-base-knock performance with three doubles and three RBIs. Green picked up the win on the mound, progressing to 3-0 on the season, allowing two runs on five hits in six innings of work and striking out three.
In the second game of the series, the Aces battled back from a four-run deficit to take the win, 8-7, on Drew Ellis’ walk-off RBI single to right field in extra innings. Ellis was the extra-inning hero, but driving the offense was Henry Ramos who went 3 for 4 at the plate and came around to score twice.
On May 29, the Aces suffered a 7-1 loss despite multi-hit games from Bryan Holaday, Renae Martinez and Camden Duzenack.
During Sunday’s game, the Aces exploded with five runs in the bottom of the ninth to snag the win 7-6, after Bryan Holaday launched a walk off three-run home run over the left field wall.
The ninth got started with back-to-back outfield singles from Josh VanMeter and Seth Beer. Vanmeter came around to score on Jamie Ritchie’s hit to right field, followed by Ellis’ sacrifice fly scoring Beer.
After making it a two-run game, Holaday came to the plate with two runners on and the Aces trailing 6-4 before blasting a ball into left. Holaday knocked in four of the team’s seven RBIs on the day.
In the fifth game of the series, Reno fell to Tacoma 11-4. Nick Heath led off the game with a solo-shot over the right field wall on the first pitch. Both Ellis and Ritchie went two for four on the day with an RBI. Cameron Gann had a strong performance on the mound, allowing only one batter to reach base on a walk in 2.1 hitless innings of relief.
In the final game of the series, the Aces fell 8-4 to finish with a series tie, 3-3. The Rainiers took an early lead in the first inning, 3-0. Varsho put the Aces on the board in the bottom of the fifth with a solo-shot over the right field wall. The following inning, Martinez smoked a two out triple to deep center that moved the team to leading the league in triples. Duzenack led off the bottom of the ninth by launching a solo-shot over the right field fence, for his third home run this season.
Drew Ellis- Ellis had a standout performance in the series, going five for five in the first game, then walking off the second game with a RBI single.
Henry Ramos- Ramos batted .357 for the series, batting 5 for 14 at the plate.
The Aces will kick off their next series at home this Thursday against the Sacramento River Cats. Reno last faced Sacramento May 20-25, taking the series 4-2 on the road. The San Francisco Giants’ Triple-A affiliate brings several top organizational prospects, including former number two overall pick Joey Bart.
Tickets are on sale now for the first series with full capacity since August of 2019. For tickets, text TIXX to 21003, or visit RenoAces.com.
Josh Reddick has been selected to the Arizona Diamondbacks’ 40-man roster and called up to the Major League squad on Thursday.
In his 11 appearances with the Aces, the veteran outfielder dominated at the dish, slashing .304/.365/.478 with nine runs scored and eight RBIs. The Savannah, Ga., native tallied base knocks in nine of his 11 starts, including an eight-game hitting streak from May 7-16.
During that span, Reddick went 12-for-33 (.363), scoring seven times and driving in just as many.
As an active member of one of the hottest teams late in games, Reddick shined in the eighth inning or later, going 4-for-10 (.400) at the dish with a trio of RBIs and three runs scored.
The 2006 draft pick racked up four multi-hit games in his tenure, including a pair of base knocks in his final game on Tuesday against Las Vegas. Reddick finished the 18-3 win over the Aviators with a 2-for-5 performance, scoring twice and driving in a run.