The Aces’ victory—coupled with a loss by second-place Colorado Springs on Thursday—punched Reno’s ticket to the 2012 postseason, setting-up a rematch of the 2011 Pacific Conference Championship Series against the intrastate rival Sacramento River Cats.
Games 1 and 2 will be played at Raley Field in Sacramento on Sept. 5 and Sept. 6. After that, Games 3, 4 (if necessary) and 5 (if necessary) move to Aces Ballpark on Sept. 7—9. Playoff tickets are available now by visiting the Aces Ballpark Ticket Office or by calling (775) 334-7000. Details can be found at RenoAces.com.
Reno scored the game’s first run Thursday, but trailed 3-2 through five frames. In the sixth, though, Brent Clevlen roped a two-out, two-run double to left field that gave the Aces a 4-3 lead. Tyler Kuhn added a solo homer in the eighth to pad the lead, and a dominant effort by the Reno relief corps preserved the playoff-clinching victory.
Aces starter Daniel Cabrera (1-1) earned the victory, scattering three runs on seven hits over 5.0 innings of work. After his exit, Sam Demel retired all six batters he faced, and Jensen Lewis worked a scoreless eighth. Jonathan Albaladejo slammed the door in the ninth for his franchise-record 25th save.
The loss fell to Andrew Kown (6-8), who surrendered four runs on six hits over 7.0 innings of work.
Reno now heads back to Aces Ballpark to begin the final regular season homestand of the season, a four-game set against the Tucson Padres. In Friday’s opener, RHP Charles Brewer (10-7, 6.25 ERA) gets the nod for the Aces, while the Padres will counter with RHP Andrew Cashner (0-0, 0.00). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. PT, and it’ll be another Saint Mary’s Fireworks Friday presented by KRNV News 4.
Tickets are on-sale now at RenoAces.com, by calling (775) 334-7000 or by visiting the Aces Ballpark Ticket Office.