In the opener, Aces starter Armando Galarraga held Sacramento to just one run in five innings of work, but the River Cats tagged the Aces bullpen for four runs in the sixth to take a 5-2 lead. Reno got its leadoff man aboard in the seventh, but could not push across any runs against River Cats reliever Scott Eyre, who earned his second save of the season.
In game two, the Aces used home runs from Brandon Allen, Wily Mo Peña, Cole Gillespie and Tony Abreu to take an 11-3 victory and a 2-1 series lead. Sacramento jumped out to a 3-0 lead after an inning and a half, but Reno scored 11 unanswered runs—including six in the fourth inning—to earn the comeback win.
For Reno, Jason Urquidez (2-3) suffered the loss in game one, while Tom Layne (5-1) picked up the victory in game two, tossing 3.2 scoreless innings in relief of starter Kyler Newby.
Sacramento starter Graham Godfrey (6-1) earned the win in the opener, allowing just two runs—one earned—and striking out seven in six innings of work. Lenny DiNardo (0-2) was tagged with the loss in game two.
Abreu went 3-for-7 in the doubleheader, driving in two and scoring a pair of runs. Cody Ransom finished 2-for-3 in the nightcap, and Peña finished with three RBIs on the afternoon.
The two teams conclude the four-game set Monday afternoon at Aces Ballpark. First-place Reno will send RHP Matt Torra (3-0, 4.67 ERA) to the mound against River Cats RHP Travis Banwart (1-3, 2.87 ERA). First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. PT, and is On-Field Photo Day. Fans can get their pictures taken with their favorite Aces, with field passes being distributed beginning at 10 a.m. and special early entry to the ballpark beginning at 11 a.m.
Tickets can be purchased at the Aces Ballpark Box Office, online at www.RenoAces.com or by phone at (775) 334-7000. A variety of partial season ticket plans as well as prorated full-season tickets are available today.