Reno, NV. - Fans at Greater Nevada Field Monday night saw plenty of offense in the Aces four-plus hour game against the Salt Lake Bees. Both teams combined for 24 runs on 28 hits. Salt Lake walked away with their 14th victory of the season, defeating Reno by a score of 15 to 9. Ildemaro Vargas led the way for Reno offensively with a second consecutive three-hit performance. Justin Vernia, making his Triple-A debut, was tagged for eight runs over three innings of work and earned the loss.
Salt Lake got to Vernia early and often. Vernia allowed four runs in the first, three in the second and one in the third before turning things over to the bullpen. Reno picked up three runs in the bottom of the second off Bees' starter Nick Tropeano. Each side exchanged blows in the middle innings, leaving Reno with a three-run deficit entering the sixth inning. Salt Lake exploded for five runs in the top half of the sixth and never looked back. The loss sends Reno to a record of 14-24 with one game remaining against Salt Lake before the much-needed off day. Tomorrow's contest will kick off at 11:05 a.m. and RHP Taylor Clarke will get the ball for Chris Cron and the Aces.
Top Performers - Reno
Abraham Almonte (2-for-5, 2B)
Ildemaro Vargas (3-for-4, 2B)
Andrew Aplin (2-for-4, 3 RBI, HR)
Top Performers - Salt Lake
Jose Rojas (3-for-5, 3 R, 5 RBI)
Dustin Garneau (2-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI)
Jarrett Parker (2-for-5, R)
RHP Taylor Clarke vs.
RHP Jamie Barria
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Notes & Information
In the Bigs: The Arizona Diamondbacks collected 10+ hits for the 21st time this season. Their 21 10+ hit performances are the most in the National League. 2017 Pacific Coast League MVP Christian Walker went 2-for-4 tonight with a homer (his 8th of the season).
One to Tie, Two to Win: Ildemaro Vargas is knocking on the door of history. With three hits tonight, the middle infielder has 398 career hits with Triple-A Reno. He is one shy of the record of 399 (Cole Gillespie) and will become the first player in franchise history with 400 or more with a two-plus hit performance tomorrow.
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