Sixth Inning Dooms Aces in 9-2 Loss to Gnats
RENO, Nev. - Matt Torra kept the Aces in the game until Sacramento exploded for a seven-run sixth inning, putting the game out of reach and propelling Sacramento to a 9-2 win in a Sunday matinee at Aces Ballpark.
The Aces trailed just 2-1 heading into the sixth, when the River Cats put up seven runs to put the game out of reach. Torra walked Michael Taylor after giving up a two-run blast to Matt Carson before being lifted in favor of Luis Ayala. Ayala would fare no better, as the River Cats tacked on three more runs, putting them ahead 9-1 at the time. They would coast to the 9-2 win behind strong pitching from former Ace Travis Blackley and two relievers.
Torra (3-3) pitched well through the first five innings but could not get through the sixth, as he allowed six runs-five earned-while issuing a season-high three walks.
Blackley started for the River Cats, tossing the first four innings and allowing one run. Mickey Storey (1-1) picked up the win in relief after holding the Aces scoreless over three innings, striking out four and allowing just two hits.
Jeff Bailey was the only Ace to record a multi-hit game for Reno, going 2-for-4 with a run scored. Drew Macias continued his hot hitting for Reno with a triple and a run scored.
Reno and Sacramento conclude this series Monday afternoon at Aces Ballpark. Reno RHP Wes Roemer (1-1, 1.93 ERA) will toe the slab against River Cats LHP Jesus Sanchez (0-0, No ERA). First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. PT. Monday's Memorial Day contest will be preceded by On-Field Photo Day, presented by KTVN. Fans will have the opportunity to take photos with their favorite Aces players and coaches. Fans are encouraged to bring their own cameras and arrive no later than 11 a.m.
Tickets for all Aces games start at just $7, and are 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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