With the Aces already leading 6-1 in the fifth inning, the home team exploded for eight runs to extend its lead and put the game out of reach. In its eight-run fifth, Reno sent 12 men to the plate and torched Sky Sox pitching for eight hits, led by Winfree's slam and a two-run homer by Andy Tracy.
Aces starter Zach Kroenke (2-0) earned the win, surrendering just six hits and two earned runs in seven innings of work. Kroenke struck out four and walked one. Daniel Stange threw the final two innings to preserve the victory.
Josh Muecke (0-2) suffered the loss, allowing six runs—five earned—in 3.1 innings pitched, surrendering two home runs while striking out two and walking three.
Tracy and Winfree drove in four runs apiece on the evening, while Tony Abreu recorded three hits and scored four runs, raising his team-leading batting average to .457. Wily Mo Peña hit his Pacific Coast League-leading sixth home run, and added a double as well.
Reno and Colorado Springs lock horns again Sunday afternoon, with the Aces sending RHP Matt Torra (1-0, 1.50 ERA) to the hill to face Sky Sox RHP John Maine (0-1, 14.14 ERA). First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. PT from Aces Ballpark, and 2,500 fans will receive a Reno Aces fleece blanket.
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