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Aces overcome Sky Sox for fifth straight win
by Aces News Release
Jul 16, 2011 | 732 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO, Nev. — Tony Abreu's three-run home run in the second inning gave Reno a 4-1 lead Saturday night, and another strong bullpen performance propelled the Aces to an 8-6 win over Colorado Springs at Aces Ballpark.

After the Sky Sox jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, Reno put up four runs in the second and held on for its fifth-straight victory. Abreu's three-run blast broke open a 1-1 tie, after Aces starting pitcher Gaby Hernandez put Reno on the board with an RBI ground-rule double.

The Aces added single runs in the fourth and sixth before tacking on a pair of insurance runs in the seventh. The Aces' five-game winning streak equals their season-high streak from April 10—13, and keeps them 10 games up on second-place Tacoma, which also won Saturday.

Hernandez (3-2) overcame five walks to hold the Sky Sox to four runs in five innings of work. The Aces bullpen was strong for the third-straight game, surrendering just two runs in four innings. Kam Mickolio picked up his fifth save of the season despite giving up a run in the ninth.

Sky Sox starter Esmil Rogers (0-2) — pitching on a Major League rehabilitation assignment—took the loss, after Reno roughed him up for five runs — all earned — in five innings.

Mark Hallberg extended his hitting streak to six games with his third-straight multi-hit effort, finishing 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Cody Ransom and David Winfree each tripled, and Collin Cowgill added two singles and drove in a run.

Reno looks for the sweep in today's series finale against Colorado Springs. Aces RHP Armando Galarraga (1-2, 10.38 ERA) will toe the slab against Sky Sox RHP Edgar Gonzalez (2-3, 5.87 ERA), with first pitch set for 1:05 p.m. PT. Sunday's game is a Renown Children's Hospital Family Funday, with another episode of baseball bingo on tap at Aces Ballpark.
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