The Reno Aces assembled clutch hits to defeat the Round Rock Express, 3-to-1, and salvaged a split in the best of six games series.
Reno starting pitcher Bryce Jarvis earned the win, scattering two hits over 5.2 scoreless inning. Jarvis struck out six and walk two batters. Closer Stephen Nogosek notched the save, tossing a scoreless, hitless final inning.
In an awful twist of fate, Express starting pitcher Robert Dugger (5-7) was assigned the loss. Dugger pitched well, scattering eight hits in six innings, striking out five batters and walking one. Dugger allowed a first inning run, that earned him the loss. Joe Barlow allowed two runs on two hits in 1.2 innings on the mound.
Reno plated a run in the first inning, starting with Dominic Fletcher’s double to left field. Fletcher later scored on Kyle Lewis’ single, also to left field.
Bats were quiet until the eighth inning. Reno’s Fletcher, again, began with a single to center field, and crossed the plate on Pavin Smith’s home run. The four-bagger was Smith’s second of the series.
Round Rock threaten in the bottom of the frame, loading the bases on a fielding error to Justin Foscue, Blaine Crim’s single, and Davis Wendzel’s walk. A walk to Sandro Fabian drew a walk, before Reno retired the side.