Reno, which entered the game leading all of Minor League Baseball in runs scored, trailed by a run through the game’s first four frames on Monday. But in the fifth, a franchise-record 14 hits — including three doubles, two triples and two home runs — led to 10 runs and a lead the Aces would preserve.
The Aces finished with 19 hits on the night, with eight extra-base hits. Six Reno batters produced a multi-hit effort, and six different players drove in a run.
Cole Gillespie led the way with four hits, two runs scored and an RBI, falling just a home run shy of the cycle. Minor League Baseball’s active home run leader Andy Tracy hit a three-run homer, and Sean Burroughs hit a two-run shot — his first of the season. Konrad Schmidt singled in the ninth to stretch his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games, and Cody Ransom recorded his fifth three-hit effort of the season.
Aces starter Zach Kroenke fell one out short of qualifying for the victory, despite allowing seven runs on 11 hits. Jordan Norberto (2-1) picked up the win after tossing 1 1-3 scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
Las Vegas starter Michael McDonald (1-1) was pinned with the loss, surrendering 11 runs on 15 hits over 4 2-3 innings of work.
With the victory, the Aces take an early 1-0 lead in the revered Silver State Diamond Challenge, which Reno won in the 2010 season.
The Aces and 51s will hook-up again on today night. Right-hander Matt Torra (1-0, 4.29 ERA) toes the slab for Reno,