The Aces posted a four-run first inning on Thursday night, en route to a 6-1 victory in the series opener over the Tacoma Rainiers at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Wash.
The first six Reno hitters reached base including a two-run double by Mike Jacobs and an RBI double by Brad Snyder off Tacoma starter Brandon Maurer.
After hitting Alfredo Marte with a pitch, Maurer was removed from the game with what was later announced as stomach issues. His replacement, Forrest Snow, recorded a quick first out, before issuing a bases loaded walk to Tyler Bortnick to bring Reno’s run total to four.
Reno managed just four hits across the final eight frames including a Matt Davidson’s solo homer — his 14th of the season —in the second inning. Davidson will participate in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday, before participating in the 2013 IGT Home Run Derby at Aces Ballpark on Monday.
Davidson and Tony Campana each recorded a multi-hit game for Reno.
Aces starter Mark Serrano was stellar, giving up just one run on four hits through seven innings. He earned the win, marking his first victory at the Triple-A level. Relievers Kevin Munson and Evan Marshall threw two shuout frames to end the game.
The series continues tonight at Cheney Stadium. Charles Brewer (3-7, 5.38 ERA) gets the nod for Reno, while the Rainiers will counter with Chance Ruffin (0-0, No ERA). First pitch is slated for 7 p.m. and all of the action can be heard live on KPLY 630 AM.
Tickets are on sale for the Triple-A All-Star events, and all Aces home games, at RenoAces.com, by calling (775) 334-7000 or by visiting the Aces Ballpark Ticket Office.