Aces Win Fifth Straight

After having been left for dead in the Pacific Conference South, The Reno Aces have rattled off five straight wins and are now 10 games in back of first place. In Sunday night's 8-2 victory over the Memphis Redbirds, Josh Collmenter, Chris Rahl, and Jeff Bailey led the way.

Josh Collmenter gave Reno a solid start and Brandon Allen crushed his team-leading 21st home run of the season on Sunday, as the Aces cruised to an 8-2 victory over the Memphis Redbirds at Aces Ballpark.

The win is Reno's season-best fifth-straight. The Aces have now won seven of eight and nine of their last 12 games to pull within 10 games of the division-leading Fresno Grizzlies..

The Aces scored six times between the third and fifth innings on Monday, and that was plenty of cushion for Collmenter (4-3), who leads all Arizona minor leaguers with a dozen overall victories. Collmenter worked 6.0 innings, scattering two runs on five hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Kasey Olenberger, T.J. Beam, and Jose Marte each worked a spotless frame to preserve the victory.

The loss fell to Memphis starter Brandon Dickson (9-8), who surrendered six runs—five earned—on 11 hits over five innings of work. Dickson walked three and punched out five.

At the plate for Reno, Chris Rahl backed-up a four-hit night on Saturday with three more hits on Sunday, hitting safely in seven-straight at-bats before flying out in the fifth. Jeff Bailey finished with three hits and two RBI, and Allen wrapped up the scoring with a monster solo home run in the eighth inning.

Four Aces

  • While Allen leads the Aces with 21 homers, non of his teammates have as many as 12
  • Rahl is batting .389 since the end of June
  • Olenberger made his Reno debut after posting a 7.65 ERA in 36 games with the New Orleans Zephyrs this season
  • Bailey is now batting .359 with 8 homers and 48 RBI at Aces Ballpark as opposed to .245-2-20 on the road

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