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Reno, NV – The Reno Aces rapped out 15 hits en route to a 12-1 spanking of the Nashville Sounds on Wednesday evening at Aces Ballpark in the opener of a four-game series.
The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for Nashville (59-52), which fell to four games behind division-leading Iowa.
The Sounds took a short-lived 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Lorenzo Cain led off the contest with a single before scoring the game’s first run on Brendan Katin’s two-out RBI double off rehabbing Aces starter and former Sound Kris Benson.
The run would be the only one of the night for Nashville, which was held to just six hits on the evening by a pair of Reno hurlers. Katin finished 2-for-3 for the Sounds’ lone multiple-hit effort.
Reno tied it in the second when ex-Sound Cole Gillespie drew an inning-opening walk from Chuck Löfgren and later scored on Mark Hallberg’s single to right.
The Aces blew the game open by plating 11 runs over the fourth and fifth innings.
Reno plated six runs in the fourth but five of those scores came in unearned fashion following a one-out throwing error by Nashville first baseman Joe Koshansky. Ryan Roberts and Brandon Allen each belted two-run homers off Löfgren in the frame.
The Aces extended their lead to 12-1 in the fifth with a five-run outburst, highlighted by a two-run Gillespie double off Sounds reliever Tim Dillard.
Benson allowed one run on three hits over three innings in his rehab start before turning things over to Cesar Valdez (4-7), who tossed six scoreless frames the rest of the way to earn the victory. Valdez allowed only three hits while fanning nine batters.
Löfgren (7-6) took the loss for Nashville after giving up a season-high 10 runs (only four were earned) on 11 hits over 4 1/3 innings. The left-hander has logged just one quality start in his last 13 starting assignments for the Sounds.
The teams continue the series with another 9:05pm CT meeting on Thursday. Left-hander Chase Wright (7-6, 4.58) will make the start for the Sounds to face Reno right-hander Kevin Mulvey (5-7, 5.11).
Reno Aces (49-63) 12, Nashville Sounds (59-52) 1
August 4th, 2010
HBP: Corporan, C (by Dillard), Allen (by Dillard), Katin (by Valdez, C).
Pitches-strikes: Lofgren 80-52, Dillard 51-34, Hand 10-8, Benson 39-27, Valdez, C 62-44.
Groundouts-flyouts: Lofgren 6-3, Dillard 3-1, Hand 2-0, Benson 5-2, Valdez, C 7-2.
Batters faced: Lofgren 28, Dillard 15, Hand 3, Benson 12, Valdez, C 21.
Inherited runners-scored: Dillard 2-2.
Umpires: HP: Brad Purdom. 1B: Mark Ripperger. 2B: . 3B: Will Robinson.
Weather: 89 degrees, clear.
Wind: 13 mph, Out to RF.
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media
TopicsAces Ballpark, Brandon Allen, Cesar Valdez, Chase Wright, Chuck Lofgren, Cole Gillespie, Joe Koshansky, Lorenzo Cain, Nashville Sounds, Reno Aces, Ryan Roberts, Tim Dillard
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