One night after being held to no runs on three hits, the Aces were limited to one run on four hits Monday night, dropping their second-straight game. Zephyrs starter Elih Villanueva (6-10) earned the victory after holding the Aces to a run over 8.2 innings of work, walking one and striking out five. Victor Garate induced a game-ending Lucas May strikeout for his first save of the season.
Mulvey (3-7) took the hard-luck loss, allowing three runs on seven hits over six innings of work. The Aces right-hander walked one and struck out one. Out of the Reno bullpen, Kam Mickolio worked a scoreless seventh, and Ryan Cook completed a scoreless eighth.
At the plate for Reno, Evan Frey put the Aces on the scoreboard with a solo home run to lead-off the ninth inning, cutting the deficit to 3-1. Singles for Mark Hallberg, Angel Berroa and Andy Tracy accounted for the rest of the Aces’ offense on the night.
Reno now kicks off a four-game series with the Oklahoma City RedHawks. In today’s opener, LHP Zach Kroenke (8-2, 6.36 ERA) toes the slab for Reno, while the RedHawks will counter with LHP J.A. Happ (0-0, 0.00 ERA). First pitch from RedHawks Field at Bricktown is set for 5:05 p.m. PT, and all the action can be heard live on Fox Sports 630 AM or by visiting www.RenoAces.com.
The Aces return home on Saturday for a four-game series against Tacoma at Aces Ballpark.