Walters & Wallace leads Birds by Aces

Memphis used a complete-game effort from starter P.J. Walters to beat the visiting Reno Aces 6-1 Saturday night in front of an AutoZone Park season-best 11,217 fans.

Walters was brilliant in earning his second victory of the year scattering three hits and allowing one run, unearned, over nine innings. The right-hander issued just one walk while fanning eight Aces in Memphis' first complete game of the year. Walters punched out five of the first seven batters he faced and allowed only one hit over his final six frames.

Meanwhile, the Memphis offense woke up and equaled a season-best with 15 hits on the night. Brett Wallace led the way for the ‘Birds going 3-for-4 with one RBI and two runs scored in his Triple-A debut. Every Redbird in the lineup had at least one hit with five ‘Birds recording multi-hit games. The first five batters in the lineup went a combined 11-for-21 with three RBI and five runs scored.

Reno's lone run came in the third inning when Bryan Byrne scored on a wild pitch. Aces starter Seth Etherton was pinned with the loss after allowing five runs, one earned, on 12 hits across six innings.

Memphis hosts Reno this afternoon with game time scheduled for 1:35 p.m. The Redbirds send lefty Evan MacLane to the hill to face his former team. The Aces will counter with Arizona prospect Billy Buckner.

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