Beaned Beavers bite back, avenge route with 2-1 win over Aces

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PORTLAND, Ore.— Cesar Valdez was excellent over six frames, but the Aces offense couldn’t back him up Tuesday night, as the Portland Beavers used an eighth-inning run to collect a 2-1 victory over Reno at PGE Park.

Valdez surrendered just one run over six innings of work, and left with the game knotted at one run apiece. After T.J. Beam worked a spotless seventh, Leyson Septimo (0-1) came on in the eighth and issued three walks and a hit batsmen to force home the eventual game winner.

Reno managed just four hits on the night. The Aces’ lone tally came in the first inning when Doug Deeds doubled to lead-off the game, advanced to third on a Ryan Roberts single and scampered home on a throwing error by Beavers catcher Dusty Ryan.

Tuesday’s victory went to Portland reliever Luis Perdomo (3-2), who worked a scoreless eighth inning. Adam Russell slammed the door in the ninth for his fourth.

The series continues on Wednesday night. Reno will turn to RHP Kevin Mulvey (4-6, 5.02 ERA), and Portland will answer with

RHP Josh Geer (7-7, 6.06 ERA).  First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. PT from PGE Park, and all the action can be heard live on Fox Sports Radio 1450 AM or at www.RenoAces.com.

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. 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 give Beavers a pounding in 9-6 win

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Josh Collmenter celebrated his return to Triple-A with six strong innings and a winning decision, leading the Reno Aces to a 9-6 victory over the Portland Beavers Monday night at PGE Park.

Collmenter (2-1), who was promoted to Reno for the second time over the All-Star Break, scattered three runs on five hits over six frames. The big right-hander struck out four and walked just one. Behind him, three Aces relievers allowed one earned run apiece, but Reno pushed across five runs over the game’s final three frames to preserve the series-opening win. Carlos Rosa recorded the game’s final four outs to pick-up his third save.

The Aces posted three runs in the first inning, and they would never trail. Portland put up single runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings Monday, but Reno’s offense kept pace, scoring twice in the seventh and eighth, and adding an insurance run in the ninth.

Carlos Corporan led the Aces with three hits, including two doubles and an RBI. Ryan Roberts, Jeff Bailey and Pedro Ciriaco each collected two hits on the night for Reno, leading a 12-hit Aces attack. Reno hit five doubles off Portland starter Cesar Carrillo.

Carrillo (4-9) was pinned with the loss, surrendering six runs on nine hits over 6.2 innings of work.

The series continues on Tuesday night. Reno will turn to RHP Cesar Valdez (2-6, 5.96 ERA), while Portland is set to counter with LHP Cory Luebke (0-0, 4.50 ERA)   First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. PT from PGE Park, and all the action can be heard live on Fox Sports Radio 1450 AM or at www.RenoAces.com.

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. 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 fall to Rainiers, 9-3

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Tacoma scored six runs in the fifth inning and posted a lead that Reno could not overcome Sunday night, as the Rainiers topped the Aces 9-3, forcing a series split in front of 6,481 fans at Aces Ballpark.

While the Rainiers scored early, the Aces answered with a two-run fourth inning to take a lead. Tacoma did not let that Reno advantage stand, though, as it produced a six-run fifth, putting the Aces behind 7-2 and taking the lead for good.

Reno’s John Hester belted a home run in the bottom of the eighth that cut the Tacoma lead to four, but the Aces would get no closer.

Aces starter Wes Roemer (1-5) took the loss for Reno, allowing 11 hits and seven runs in 4.1 innings of work. Jose Marte worked two scoreless frames out of the Aces bullpen.

Rainiers starter Michael Pineda (3-0) earned the win, holding the Aces to two runs and five hits over 6.2 frames.

Hester hit his fourth home run of the season, finishing 3-for-4 with an RBI. Doug Deeds added two hits for Reno, including his league-leading 31st double of the season.

The Aces head to Portland Monday for a four-game series before returning home for an eight-game homestand. Reno will send RHP Josh Collmenter (1-1, 4.70 ERA) to the mound against Portland RHP Cesar Carillo (4-8, 4.59 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. PT from PGE Park, and all the action can be heard live on Fox Sports Radio 1450 AM or at www.RenoAces.com.

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. 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 fall to Tacoma in series opener, 11-7

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Pedro Ciriaco’s eighth-inning grand slam brought the Aces back within striking distance, but two five-run frames by Tacoma proved to be too much in the Rainiers’ 11-7 win over Reno Thursday night at Aces Ballpark.

The Rainiers jumped on Aces starter Cesar Valdez for five runs in the second inning, putting Reno in an early hole from which it would not recover. Reno would fight back, putting up two in the third and one in the fourth before Tacoma plated five more in the seventh.

The Aces rallied in the eighth, as Ciriaco cleared the bases with a grand slam to left. Reno had the tying run on deck, but couldn’t close the gap in the series-opening defeat.

Valdez (2-6) took the loss for Reno, despite keeping the Rainiers off the scoreboard after the second. Valdez struck out four and walked five in five innings of work.

Tacoma starter Ian Snell (3-1) earned the victory, holding the Aces to three earned runs over five innings, while striking out five and walking two. Lavale Speigner thwarted the Aces eighth-inning rally and tossed a perfect ninth to earn his ninth save of the season.

Ciriaco finished with three hits and four RBIs, while Jeff Bailey and John Hester each tripled for the Aces, who dropped their ninth-straight overall and fifth-straight at Aces Ballpark.

Reno and Tacoma square off again Friday night, with the Aces sending RHP Kevin Mulvey (3-6, 5.21 ERA) to the hill against LHP Ryan Feierabend (2-2, 5.05 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

Friday’s game is another Saint Mary’s Fireworks Friday presented by KOLO 8, with a fireworks show after the game. It is also All-Faiths Night, where fans of all faiths are encouraged to go online at RenoAces.com and enter the promo code “faith” to purchase a special ticket and t-shirt package.

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. 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.

River Cats top Aces 10-7

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Mark Hallberg recorded his first four-hit game of the season for the Aces, but Reno fell 10-7 to the Sacramento River Cats in the series finale Wednesday afternoon at Aces Ballpark.

Reno exploded for seven runs over the first three innings, but Sacramento starter John Halama settled down after that to hold the Aces offense in check. The Aces knocked Halama around for five runs on six hits in the third inning alone, capped by a two-run single by Hallberg, giving the Aces a 7-4 lead. Sacramento would come back with two in the fourth and four more in the seventh, however, handing the Aces their fourth-straight defeat.

Aces starter Wes Roemer took a no decision, tossing 4.2 innings and allowing five earned runs. Luis Ayala (1-9) took the loss after surrendering four earned runs in 1.2 innings of relief.

Despite the rough start, John Halama (4-1) earned the win for the River Cats, giving up all seven Aces runs and scattering 12 hits in seven innings of work. Jamey Wright pitched the ninth for his first save of the season.

In addition to Hallberg’s four-hit game, Doug Deeds added four hits of his own. Brandon Allen chipped in with his 11th home run of the season, adding a double, scoring twice and driving in two runs.

The Aces head out on the road Thursday for a four-game set in Colorado Springs. The series opener will pit Reno RHP Bryan Augenstein (5-7, 6.37 ERA) against Sky Sox LHP Josh Muecke (2-4, 6.03 ERA). First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. PT, and all the action can be heard in Reno on Fox Sports Radio 1450 AM or online at RenoAces.com.

The Aces return home Thursday, July 15, for a four-game series against the Tacoma Rainiers. 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. 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 drop slugfest, 14-13 to River Cats

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In a game that saw 27 runs, 16 walks  and five hit batters, the Aces came up short Tuesday night, losing 14-13 to Sacramento at Aces Ballpark.

The Aces scored 13 runs despite recording just six hits. Ed Rogers starting the scoring with a three-run triple in the third, which started a five-run rally that gave Reno a 5-3 lead. Sacramento clawed back with three runs of their own in the fourth to take a short-lived 6-5 lead.

In the fifth, Doug Deeds hit a two-run homer that capped a four-run frame for the Aces, giving them a 10-6 lead. After Sacramento rallied for eight runs over the final four innings to take a 14-10 lead, the Aces mounted a late rally, scoring three times in the ninth and bringing the tying run to third base. Jeff Bailey would pop out to end the game, however, stranding Drew Macias at third base.

Both starters took no-decisions in the game, with Aces hurler Matt Torra going the first five frames and allowing five earned runs. Jason Urquidez (3-3) took the loss for Reno after giving up two earned runs over 1.1 innings.

Beau Vaughan (1-0) earned the win in relief of River Cats starter Kyle Middleton. Vaughan worked two scoreless innings, striking out two and walking one.

The Aces drew 12 of the game’s 16 walks, but went just 3-for-16 with runners in scoring position on the evening. Rogers led the way for Reno offensively, going 1-for-2 with a walk and three RBIs. Pedro Ciriaco went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, and was the only Aces player to record more than one hit.

Reno and Sacramento conclude the series Wednesday afternoon, with Reno RHP Wes Roemer (1-4, 6.40 ERA) set to face River Cats LHP John Halama (3-1, 5.40 ERA). First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m.

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. 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.

River Cats escape with 7-3 win over Aces

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The Reno Aces jumped ahead early, but couldn’t push across another run until the ninth, falling 7-3 to Sacramento Monday afternoon at Aces Ballpark.

Aces second baseman Ryan Roberts lined a ball off shortstop Steve Tolleson’s glove in the first, plating two runs to give the Aces an early 2-0 lead, but the Reno bats fell silent after that. Roberts added a solo home run in the ninth, but it was not enough, as Reno was held to just six hits on the afternoon.

Cesar Valdez (2-4) started and took the loss for Reno despite allowing just three earned runs over five innings. Valdez struck out four and walked three.

Boof Bonser made his first start for Sacramento, tossing three innings and taking a no-decision. Edwar Ramirez earned the win in relief, holding the Aces scoreless over three innings.

Roberts’ home run and Brandon Allen’s first-inning double were the only extra-base hits for Reno. Pedro Ciriaco was the only Ace to record a multi-hit game, finishing 2-for-4.

Reno and Sacramento square off again Tuesday evening, with the Aces sending RHP Matt Torra (5-5, 3.78 ERA) to the hill against RHP Kyle Middleton (5-5, 2.35 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

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. 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 outfielder Deeds named PCL all-star

Reno Aces outfielder Doug Deeds has been selected to participate in the 2010 Triple-A All-Star Game, taking the roster spot vacated by Jordan Norberto, who was recalled to the Major Leagues on Sunday.

Deeds has been one of Reno’s most consistent offensive threats this season, batting primarily out of the leadoff spot. Entering play on Monday, Deeds led all Minor League batters with 29 doubles and ranked sixth among all Triple-A hitters with 38 extra-base hits.

Originally drafted out of Ohio State University by the Minnesota Twins, Deeds is in his first season in the Diamondbacks chain.

Deeds is set to become the second player in Reno Aces franchise history to participate in the Triple-A All-Star Game. Last season, infielder Rusty Ryal suited up for the PCL squad at PGE Park in Portland, Ore. Ryal has spent the entire 2010 season in the Major Leagues.

The 2010 Triple-A All-Star Game pits the Pacific Coast League against the International League, Minor League Baseball’s other Triple-A league. The game is scheduled for Wednesday, July 14, at 4:07 p.m. PT at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Penn., home of the International League’s Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

This year’s Triple-A All-Star Game can be seen live on MLB Network or heard locally on Fox Sports Radio 1450 AM.

The Aces are in the midst of a four-game homestand versus the Sacramento River Cats at Aces Ballpark.

Single-game tickets for all games start at just $7, while new mini-plans start at just $84. Fans can get more information on mini-plans, group tickets and half- and full-season ticket plans by calling (775) 334-4700. 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.

Fans can purchase single-game tickets by calling the Aces Ballpark box office at (775) 334-7000 or by visiting RenoAces.com.

Aces set attendance record, fall 10-8

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Sacramento rallied for three runs in the top of the ninth inning Sunday night, turning a late deficit into a 10-8 victory over the Reno Aces in front of 9,271 fans at Aces Ballpark, a new Aces Ballpark record.

Sacramento scored seven runs over the game’s final three innings, digging out of a five-run hole to capture the series-opening victory. Ryan Roberts put the Aces ahead in the first with a three-run homer, his sixth of the season, after Drew Macias drove in a run with an RBI-single. The Aces would extend the lead to 8-3 in the fourth, but the River Cats rallied late for the win.

Luis Ayala (1-8) suffered the loss for Reno, surrendering three runs on three hits in 1.1 innings of work. Aces starter Kevin Mulvey labored early—allowing three first-inning runs—but settled in after that and ultimately took a no decision. Mulvey worked 5.0 innings, giving up three runs on five hits. He walked five and struck out three in a 94-pitch effort.

Sacramento starter Travis Banwart also did not figure into the decision, despite allowing eight runs on nine hits over 3.1 frames. The win went to Fernando Hernandez (1-6), who worked a scoreless frame in relief. Ross Wolf came on in the ninth and slammed the door for his third save.

Roberts finished with a three-hit, four-RBI night to pace Reno at the plate. Doug Deeds added three hits—including his league-leading 28th and 29th doubles—and scored twice for the Aces.  John Hester chipped in with a double, a triple and two RBIs.

Sunday’s game marked the eighth sellout in Aces Ballpark history. The attendance mark topped the previous high of 9,263, which was set on Aug. 21 of last season.

The Aces and River Cats continue the series on Monday afternoon from Aces Ballpark. RHP Cesar Valdez (2-3, 3.89 ERA) takes the ball for Reno, and RHP Boof Bonser (0-0, No ERA) counters for Sacramento. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m., and 2,500 fans will receive a three-piece Aces barbecue tool set presented by KRNV.

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. 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’ Norberto names PCL All-Star

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Reno Aces lefty reliever Jordan Norberto has been named to the Pacific Coast League All-Star Team, the league office announced today.

Norberto, who started the season in the Major Leagues with the Arizona Diamondbacks, leads the Aces with a 3.07 ERA in 21 relief appearances. He heads into July with a 3-0 record and four saves, and has not allowed an earned run over his last nine outings.

The 23-year-old is pitching in Triple-A for the first time in his career, and was unhittable in the month of June. In 13.1 IP last month, Norberto allowed no earned runs while going 1-0 with three saves. He struck out 17 while holding opponents to just a .111 batting average.

Norberto becomes the second player in Reno Aces franchise history to participate in the Triple-A All-Star Game. Last season, infielder Rusty Ryal suited up for the PCL squad at PGE Park in Portland, Ore. Ryal has spent the entire 2010 season in the Major Leagues.

The 2010 Triple-A All-Star Game pits the Pacific Coast League against the International League, Minor League Baseball’s other Triple-A League. The game is scheduled for Wednesday, July 14, at 4:07 p.m. PT at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Penn., home of the International League’s Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

This year’s Triple-A All-Star Game can be seen live on MLB Network or heard locally on Fox Sports Radio 1450 AM.

The Aces return home on Sunday for a four-game homestand against the Sacramento River Cats. Sunday’s game is sold out, but tickets are still available for the rest of the homestand.

Single-game tickets for all games start at just $7, while new mini-plans start at just $84. Fans can get more information on mini-plans, group tickets and half- and full-season ticket plans by calling (775) 334-4700. 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.

Fans can purchase single-game tickets by calling the Aces Ballpark box office at (775) 334-7000 or by visiting RenoAces.com.

Bees deal Aces 5-3 loss

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah— A pair of solo home runs and a solid start by starter Kevin Mulvey gave Reno a lead for much of the evening, but a three-run Salt Lake sixth inning was enough to push the Bees past the Aces, 5-3, Monday night at Spring Mobile Ballpark.

After Salt Lake jumped on the board with a run in the first, the Aces answered with solo home runs by Drew Macias and Yunesky Sanchez and a run-scoring single off the bat of Pedro Ciriaco to take a 3-1 lead.

The game would stay that way until the sixth, when the Bees pushed across three runs with two outs in the frame. Salt Lake added an insurance run in the seventh and never looked back, taking a 3-0 lead in the series.

Mulvey did not figure into the decision on Monday, scattering two runs on three hits over five innings of work. Luis Ayala (1-7) spelled Mulvey in the sixth and ultimately took the loss, surrendering two runs on two hits in an inning of work.

The win went to Salt Lake starter Tim Kiely (1-2), the first of his Triple-A career. Kiely scattered three runs on seven hits over 6.2 innings of work. Rich Thompson slammed the door in the ninth for his second save.

At the dish for Reno, Sanchez continued his torrid spell with two hits—including the fifth-inning homer. Six of the Aces’ nine starters recorded at least one hit on the night.

The Aces and Bees wrap-up the series on Tuesday night from Spring Mobile Ballpark. RHP Cesar Valdez (1-3, 4.55 ERA) will take the ball for Reno, while RHP Tommy Mendoza (0-1, 5.51 ERA) gets the start for Salt Lake. First pitch is slated for 6:05 p.m. PT.

The Aces return home on the Fourth of July (Fourth of July tickets are officially sold out) to begin a four-game set with the Sacramento River Cats.

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. 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.