Hester, Macias Power Aces Past 51s, 11-9
LAS VEGAS, Nev.- John Hester and Drew Macias each belted three-run homers for Reno, which pounded out 17 hits en route to an 11-9 series-clinching win over Las Vegas Saturday night at Cashman Field.
After trailing 4-0 after two innings, Reno came back with 11 runs over the next four frames to take a lead it would not relinquish. The 51s threatened in the sixth, but Aces starter Bryan Augenstein (5-7) left the bases loaded to preserve the lead, and the bullpen would take over from there.
The win gave the Aces a series victory and a 5-2 lead in the second annual Silver State Diamond Challenge, the 16-game series between Nevada's two Triple-A teams. The Aces look for their first SSDC title after the two teams split the inaugural series last year, with Las Vegas mayor Oscar Goodman drawing a higher card than Reno mayor Bob Cashell in the tiebreaker.
Augenstein earned the win despite allowing six runs in six innings, striking out two and allowing two Las Vegas home runs. Three Aces relievers held on for the win, with Carlos Rosa inducing a game-ending double play to earn his first save of the season.
Zach Jackson (2-2) was tagged with the loss, as the Aces chased him from the game after he allowed six runs-five earned-in 3.2 innings of work.
Hester exploded for a 4-for-6, five-RBI night for the Aces, who recorded a season-high-tying 17 hits. Macias added a three-run shot in the sixth in a game that saw six different Aces record at least two hits.
The Aces return home Sunday for a sold-out Fourth of July game and celebration, with festivities to begin at 2 p.m. at the Freight House District, followed by the series-opening game against Sacramento. The Aces will send RHP Kevin Mulvey (3-5, 4.75 ERA) to the mound to square off against River Cats RHP Travis Banwart (1-1, 4.50 ERA). First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m., with a special Fourth of July fireworks show immediately following the game.
Tickets for Monday through Wednesday's games are still available by calling the Reno Aces box office at (775) 334-7000 or by visiting RenoAces.com. The brand-new Freight House District, located just outside Aces Ballpark, is open seven days a week, on both game days and non-game days.
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