Aces finish 2010 season with a 3-1 win over Salt Lake

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SALT LAKE CITY- Cesar Valdez allowed just a run over five innings of work, and three Aces relievers ensured Salt Lake would get no more on Monday afternoon, as the Reno Aces closed out the 2010 season with 3-1 victory over the Bees at Spring Mobile Ballpark.

Reno jumped out early in the final game of the season, scoring twice in the first inning thanks to a run-scoring groundout by Cole Gillespie and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Jeff Bailey. The Aces would tack-on an insurance run in the ninth on an RBI single for Ed Rogers, and that would be all Reno would need.

Nick Gorneault tapped Valdez for a solo home run in the fifth inning, but that tally would be all Salt Lake would get on the afternoon.
Valdez (6-10) scattered just three hits and three walks on the day, striking out five. Jose Marte and Rafael Rodriguez worked a scoreless frame out of the Aces bullpen, before Jason Urquidez came on in the eighth and recorded the final six outs of the game in order to close out the proceedings.

The hard-luck loss fell to Bees starter Eric Junge (5-3), who surrendered two runs-just one earned-with eight strikeouts over seven innings of work.

At the dish for Reno, Yunesky Sanchez and Mark Hallberg collected two hits apiece in a seven-hit effort for the Aces. Doug Deeds singled to extend his hitting streak to six games, and he will finish with a team-leading .302 batting average.

The Aces finish the 2010 season at 69-74, good for third place in the Pacific Coast League’s Pacific Southern Division. The Aces will begin the 2011 campaign on Thursday, April 7 against the Salt Lake Bees at Spring Mobile Ballpark. Reno opens its 2011 home schedule on Friday, April 15 against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox at Aces Ballpark.

Full- and partial-season tickets are available now by calling the Reno Aces at (775) 334-4700 or by visiting RenoAces.com<http://renoaces.com/>. The brand-new Freight House District, located just outside Aces Ballpark, is open seven days a week throughout the offseason.

Beavers stay on top, ride to victory over Aces, 11-5

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RENO, Nev.- Jeff Bailey notched his 75th RBI of the season, but the Portland offense was too much Wednesday night, as the Beavers topped the Aces, 11-3, at Aces Ballpark.

Portland hopped on the scoreboard in the first inning, and the Beavers would never trail. After holding a slim one-run lead through three frames, Portland scored four times in the fourth, added two in the sixth and three more in the seventh to cruise to the victory.

Aces starter Cesar Valdez (5-10) took the loss Wednesday, surrendering seven runs-five earned-on nine hits over 5.1 innings of work. Valdez walked four and struck out two in a 97-pitch effort. Three Aces relievers combined to surrender four runs on five hits with four walks over the game’s final 3.2 innings.

The win went to Portland starter Cesar Ramos (6-7), who scattered just two runs-one earned-on three Aces hits over five innings.
At the plate for Reno, Doug Deeds notched his team-leading 38th double of the season. Deeds, Bailey and Ed Rogers were responsible for driving in the three Reno runs on the night.

The Aces will play their final home game of the 2010 season on Thursday night at Aces Ballpark. RHP Kevin Mulvey (7-8, 4.75 ERA) gets the nod for Reno, while RHP Radhames Liz (8-8, 4.97 ERA) counters for Portland. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. PT, and the Aces will celebrate Fan Appreciation Day with a slew of exciting giveaways.

Just one game remains on the 2010 home slate, as the Reno Aces are celebrating Fan Appreciation Week at Aces Ballpark. As a gesture of the organization’s appreciation to its loyal and passionate fan base for such a successful season, the club is offering fans 2-for-1 tickets in the Outfield Reserved, Right-Field Reserved and General Admission seating sections. Tickets are available by calling the Reno Aces box office at (775) 334-7000 or by visiting RenoAces.com<http://renoaces.com/>. The brand-new Freight House District, located just outside Aces Ballpark, is open seven days a week, on both game days and non-game days.

Aces, Diamondbacks renew contract through 2012

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The Arizona Diamondbacks and Reno Aces baseball clubs have renewed their player development contract through the 2012 season, the teams jointly announced today.

The D-backs partnered with the Tucson Sidewinders for 11 seasons before continuing the relationship when the franchise was relocated to Reno, Nev. in 2009. The D-backs and Aces signed a two-year renewal agreement today at Aces Ballpark.

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to maintain our relationship with the Arizona Diamondbacks,” said Aces Managing Partner Stuart Katzoff. “The D-backs are a first-class organization, and we’re proud to be their Triple-A partner. We look forward to moving into another season of Aces Baseball in Reno with the D-backs by our side.”

In the 2009 season, 25 players appeared for the Aces and also played in the Major Leagues. That season, seven members of the Arizona Diamondbacks were sent to Reno on a Major League rehabilitation assignment, including shortstop Stephen Drew. This season, 20 players have played for the Aces and the D-backs. Five players have been sent to Reno on Major League rehabilitation assignments, including catcher Miguel Montero and relief pitcher Leo Rosales.

“The Katzoff family and other members of the Aces ballclub have been tremendous to work with since we began our relationship after they purchased our Triple-A affiliate club two years ago,” said D-backs’ President & CEO Derrick Hall. “We are looking forward to continuing our relationship and providing baseball fans in the Reno area exciting games to watch in the future as our promising young minor league players advance throughout our player development system.”

Hall, Katzoff and former Major League All-Star and D-backs’ Special Assistant to the President & CEO Luis Gonzalez will be recognized during tonight’s game. Hall, Katzoff and Gonzalez will be available to the media at 6:30 p.m. today in front of the home dugout at Aces Ballpark.

Reno is currently celebrating Fan Appreciation Week at Aces Ballpark. Reno rounds out its 2010 home schedule tonight and Thursday night. Tickets are available by calling the Reno Aces box office at (775) 334-7000 or by visiting RenoAces.com<http://renoaces.com/>. The brand-new Freight House District, located just outside Aces Ballpark, is open seven days a week, on both game days and non-game days.

Abreu goes deep as Aces pound the Beavers, 3-1

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RENO, Nev.- Zach Kroenke allowed just a run over seven innings Tuesday night, earning his fifth-straight winning decision and lifting the Reno Aces to a 3-1 victory over the Portland Beavers at Aces Ballpark.

The Aces scored a run in the first on a Tony Abreu solo homer, and that one-run edge would hold strong until Portland pushed across the game-tying run in the sixth. As it would turn out, that was all the offense the Beavers would get. Reno regained the lead in the home half of the sixth with a two-out RBI single by Brandon Allen, and the Aces tacked on an insurance run in the seventh on a Carlos Corporan run-scoring single.

Kroenke (7-3) earned the win, scattering just a run on six hits. Kroenke walked two and struck out six. Three Aces relievers shut down the Beavers-capped by a scoreless ninth from Carlos Rosa, who earned his 13th save of the season.

The loss fell to Portland reliever Josh Greer (10-11), who spelled Major League rehabilitation starter Chris Young. Greer worked five innings, allowing two runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out seven.

At the plate for Reno, Abreu led the way with two hits and his second home run of the season. Jeff Bailey finished 0-for-3, ending his franchise-record and Pacific Coast League-leading 42-consecutive game home on-base streak.

The series continues on Wednesday night at Aces Ballpark. RHP Cesar Valdez (5-9, 5.98 ERA) takes the ball for Reno, while LHP Cesar Ramos (5-7, 3.36 ERA) counters for the Beavers. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. PT and 2,500 fans will receive an Aces collector’s hat, courtesy of Silver Legacy/Eldorado and KRNV.

Just two games remain on the 2010 home slate, as the Reno Aces are celebrating Fan Appreciation Week at Aces Ballpark. As a gesture of the organization’s appreciation to its loyal and passionate fan base for such a successful season, the club is offering fans 2-for-1 tickets in the Outfield Reserved, Right-Field Reserved and General Admission seating sections. Tickets are available by calling the Reno Aces box office at (775) 334-7000 or by visiting RenoAces.com<http://renoaces.com/>. The brand-new Freight House District, located just outside Aces Ballpark, is open seven days a week, on both game days and non-game days.

Beavers put the pinch on Reno, 7-6

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Jeff Bailey belted his 12th home run of the season and reached base four times for the Aces, but Reno fell to Portland Monday night in the series opener at Aces Ballpark, 7-6.

Both teams lit up the scoreboard early, as Portland took a 5-4 lead into the sixth inning. In the bottom of the sixth, the Aces benefited from back-to-back bases-load walks, giving Reno a 6-5 advantage.

That lead would not stay for long, though. The Beavers tied the score with a run in the seventh, then took the lead in the eighth when Aces reliever Wes Roemer dealt a wild pitch with a runner on third, chasing home the go-ahead runner. Reno went quietly in the eighth and put the go-ahead run on in the ninth, but the Beavers would turn a game-ending double play to thwart the threat.

Aces starter Bryan Augenstein took a no decision Monday, allowing five runs on nine hits over five innings of work. Augenstein walked two and struck out eight. The loss fell to Roemer (2-6), who surrendered two runs on three hits over three innings of work.

Beavers starter Simon Castro took a no decision in his Triple-A debut, while Greg Burke (2-2) earned the win in relief. Adam Russell closed the door in the ninth for his 14th save of the season.
Bailey finished 1-for-2 with three walks and a pair of RBIs, and Doug Deeds added a double and a triple for the Aces. Brandon Allen reached base three times and drove in his team-leading 85th run.

The series continues on Tuesday at Aces Ballpark. LHP Zach Kroenke (6-3, 3.69 ERA) gets the nod for Reno, while RHP Chris Young (0-0, No ERA) makes a Major League rehabilitation start for the Beavers. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. PT. Tuesday’s game marks the return of the ever-popular 50-cent hot dog night at Aces Ballpark.

The Aces return home for the final homestand of the 2010 season on Monday, Aug. 30 as the club celebrates Fan Appreciation Week at Aces Ballpark. Tickets are available by calling the Reno Aces box office at (775) 334-7000 or by visiting RenoAces.com<http://renoaces.com/>. The brand-new Freight House District, located just outside Aces Ballpark, is open seven days a week, on both game days and non-game days.

Gillespie leads Aces past Las Vegas, 10-5

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LAS VEGAS, Nev.-Cole Gillespie fell just a home run shy of the cycle Friday night, helping lift the Reno Aces to their fifth-straight win, a 10-5 decision over the Las Vegas 51s at Cashman Field.

Gillespie singled in the third and fifth innings, doubled in the seventh and tripled in the eighth to complete a four-hit evening for an Aces club that led early and never trailed in a 16-hit effort. Reno posted three runs in the third and tacked on one more in the fifth. Leading by just a run through six innings, the Aces pushed across four in the seventh and two more in the eighth to cruise to the five-run victory.

The five-game winning streak matches a season-high for the Aces.

Aces starter Cesar Valdez (5-9) scattered three runs on seven hits over five innings of work. Valdez walked three and punched-out three. Jason Urquidez and Leyson Septimo worked a scoreless inning apiece before Kasey Olenberger came on to close out the final two frames.

The loss fell to 51s spot starter Sean Henn (3-4), who allowed three earned runs in 2.2 innings of work.

Four Aces recorded a multi-hit effort on Friday, including Yunesky Sanchez who finished with three hits and three RBIs. The Aces batted .500 (9×18) with runners in scoring position on the night.

The Aces and 51s will lock horns again on Saturday night at Cashman Field to resume the vaunted Silver State Diamond Challenge. Kevin Mulvey (7-8, 4.48 ERA) gets the nod for Reno. RHP Lance Broadway (3-11, 7.78 ERA) counters for Las Vegas. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. PT.

The Aces return home for the final homestand of the 2010 season on Monday, Aug. 30 as the club celebrates Fan Appreciation Week at Aces Ballpark. Tickets are available by calling the Reno Aces box office at (775) 334-7000 or by visiting RenoAces.com<http://renoaces.com/>. The brand-new Freight House District, located just outside Aces Ballpark, is open seven days a week, on both game days and non-game days.

Aces clinch 2010 Silver State Diamond Challenge

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LAS VEGAS, Nev.-Reno unlocked a 2-2 tie with runs in the eighth and ninth innings Thursday night, defeating the Las Vegas 51s, 4-2, at Cashman Field to clinch the 2010 Silver State Diamond Challenge.

The Aces trailed 2-1 in the sixth before a Tony Abreu RBI single tied the score at two. The game would stay that way until the eighth, when Brandon Allen hit a two-out, run-scoring single to give the Aces a 3-2 advantage. Reno tacked on an insurance run in the next frame, and Carlos Rosa closed out the proceedings with a scoreless ninth to give the Aces their first-ever Silver State Diamond Challenge crown.

Aces starter Zach Kroenke worked five innings, scattering two runs on four hits in a no decision. The win went to Mike Hampton (1-0), who threw a scoreless seventh inning in just his second appearance with Reno. Rosa’s save was his 11th of the year.

The loss fell to 51s reliever Josh Roenicke (8-1), who surrendered two runs over three innings of work.

At the dish for Reno, Drew Macias got the Aces on the board in the third with a solo home run. Abreu and Yunesky Sanchez chipped in two hits apiece for Reno.

The series continues on Friday night at Cashman Field. RHP Cesar Valdez (4-9, 6.01 ERA) takes the ball for Reno. He’ll match-up with 51s LHP Brad Mills (8-5, 4.72 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. PT.

The Aces return home for the final homestand of the 2010 season on Monday, Aug. 30 as the club celebrates Fan Appreciation Week at Aces Ballpark. Tickets are available by calling the Reno Aces box office at (775) 334-7000 or by visiting RenoAces.com<http://renoaces.com/>. The brand-new Freight House District, located just outside Aces Ballpark, is open seven days a week, on both game days and non-game days.

Allen, Gillespie power Aces to 7-6 win over Tacoma

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Reno rallied back from an early six-run deficit with seven unanswered runs Tuesday night-capped by a three-run home run off the bat of Brandon Allen-as the Aces topped the Tacoma Rainiers, 7-6, in the series finale at Aces Ballpark.

Tacoma scored four runs in the first and tacked on two more in the second to take a quick 6-0 lead. But the Aces would battle back. Reno pushed across a run in the second, received a Cole Gillespie two-run homer in the third, then a Gillespie RBI single and Allen’s 25th home run of the season gave the Aces their first lead of the night in the fifth. That one-run advantage would be all the Aces would need.

Matt Torra (11-6) earned the victory, his sixth-straight winning decision, despite surrendering six runs-five earned-over six innings of work. Torra walked one and struck out a season-high nine batters. Kasey Olenberger held Tacoma scoreless over 1.2 frames before Carlos Rosa finished the proceedings with a four-out save.

The loss fell to Tacoma starter Blake Beavan (2-2), who allowed seven earned runs on nine hits over six innings of work.

At the plate for Reno, Allen and Gillespie accounted for six of Reno’s seven RBIs on the night. Doug Deeds extended his hitting streak to eight games with three hits out of the lead-off spot for the Aces.

The Aces now head to Las Vegas for this season’s final chapter of the Silver State Diamond Challenge. In the opener, Reno sends RHP Bryan Augenstein (5-8, 6.77 ERA) to the hill to face-off against 51s RHP Shawn Hill (1-1, 3.86 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. PT from Cashman Field.

The Aces return home for the final homestand of the 2010 season on Monday, Aug. 30 as the club celebrates Fan Appreciation Week at Aces Ballpark. Tickets are available by calling the Reno Aces box office at (775) 334-7000 or by visiting RenoAces.com<http://renoaces.com/>. The brand-new Freight House District, located just outside Aces Ballpark, is open seven days a week, on both game days and non-game days.

Aces unveil plans for fan appreciation week

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As the 2010 campaign nears a close, the Reno Aces Baseball Club will celebrate a record-setting season with Fan Appreciation Week on Aug. 30-Sept. 2, the organization announced today.

The second season of Pacific Coast League baseball in Reno proved to be the organization’s most successful, with already more than 400,000 fans passing through the turnstiles and nearly 60,000 fans enjoying the Aces’ home games from the ever-popular Freight House District-Reno’s newest year-round dining and entertainment district.

As a gesture of the organization’s appreciation to its loyal and passionate fan base for such a successful season, the club has planned a number of special promotions for the final homestand of 2010-a four-game set against the Portland Beavers, Triple-A Affiliate of the San Diego Padres.

For all four games of the series, the Aces will offer fans 2-for-1 tickets in the Outfield Reserved, Right-Field Reserved and General Admission seating sections. Pre-sale for the final homestand has been brisk, so fans are encouraged to buy their tickets in advance to take advantage of this special 2-for-1 promotion. Additionally, all merchandise at the Aces Team Shop will be marked down by 20 percent for the entire four-game homestand.

On Monday, the Aces will commemorate the beginning of the new school year with a special University of Nevada Tailgate in the Freight House District. Tickets are just $10 at the Aces Ballpark Box Office with a valid student ID, and include a hot dog, chips and soda at the tailgate-in addition to a ticket to that night’s game. The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday’s game will feature the return of 50-cent hot dogs to the ballpark. Just a few bucks will feed the whole family in the final edition of the 2010 season for this popular promotion.

On Wednesday, 2,500 Aces fans will be rewarded with an Aces Collector’s Hat, courtesy of Eldorado, Silver Legacy and KRNV.

The 2010 home season will come to a close on Thursday, Sept. 2 with a 7:05 p.m. contest. Fan Appreciation Night will include giveaways throughout the game for randomly selected rows and sections at Aces Ballpark. Additionally, the finale marks another Coors Light Thirsty Thursday-with beer specials in the ballpark and at the Freight House District-and the Aces will go out with a bang with the final fireworks extravaganza of the season.

Tickets for the final homestand of the 2010 season are available now by calling the Reno Aces box office at (775) 334-7000 or by visiting RenoAces.com<http://renoaces.com/>. The brand-new Freight House District, located just outside Aces Ballpark, is open seven days a week, on both game days and non-game days.

Aces roll past Rainiers, 12-7

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Yunesky Sanchez recorded his first four-hit game of the season Monday night, propelling the Reno Aces to a 12-7 win over the Tacoma Rainiers at Aces Ballpark.

After Cole Gillespie broke a scoreless tie with a third-inning fielder’s choice, Sanchez drilled a two-run double that put the Aces ahead 3-0. Reno would add eight runs over the next four frames to extend the lead to 11-0, before Tacoma broke up the shutout in the eighth.

Kevin Mulvey (7-8) tamed the Rainiers’ bats over five scoreless innings. Mulvey struck out four and walked one before handing the ball to veteran Mike Hampton, who hurled a scoreless frame in his Aces debut.

Rainiers starter Ryan Rowland-Smith (2-2) was touched up for seven runs over 4.2 innings, suffering the loss for Tacoma.

Sanchez and Ed Rogers finished a combined 7-for-10 with four RBIs, while Doug Deeds added his 12th homer of the season. Drew Macias homered and drove in four runs for Reno, which pounded out 16 hits on the evening.

The series finale is set for Tuesday night at Aces Ballpark, with Aces RHP Matt Torra (10-6, 4.07 ERA) scheduled to pitch against Tacoma RHP Blake Beavan (2-1, 5.04 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. PT.

Reno returns home Saturday, August 21, for a four-game series against Tacoma. Tickets for all Aces games start at just $7, and are available by calling the Reno Aces box office at (775) 334-7000 or by visiting RenoAces.com<http://renoaces.com/>. The brand-new Freight House District, located just outside Aces Ballpark, is open seven days a week, on both game days and non-game days.