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The victory gives the Aces a 7-3 lead over the 51s in the 2010 edition of the Silver State Diamond Challenge, with just six games remaining between the two clubs.
The Aces spotted Collmenter (3-2) with a five-run second inning, and the big right-hander made the early lead stand up. Collmenter scattered three runs on seven hits in a 106-pitch effort. The bullpen was solid once again, as Rafael Rodriguez tossed 2.1 scoreless frames and TJ Beam worked a spotless ninth inning to finish off the proceedings.
The loss fell to 51s starter Lance Broadway (2-9), who allowed eight runs—seven earned—on seven hits over six innings of work. Broadway walked five and struck out four.
Jeff Bailey led the Aces offense with three hits and five RBIs, helped by a three-run home run in the eighth inning. Bailey has now reached safely in 30-straight games at Aces Ballpark—one short of the franchise record. Chris Rahl hit a solo homer, and Pedro Ciriaco added two hits and two RBIs for the Aces.
The series comes to a close on Friday night from Aces Ballpark. RHP Kris Benson (1-2, 11.02 ERA) will make a Major League rehabilitation start for the Aces, while the 51s will counter with Sean Henn (3-2, 3.31 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. PT, and the game will be highlighted by another Saint Mary’s Fireworks Friday presented by KOLO 8.
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.