Reno Aces Complete Epic First-Half
Cody Ransom

Posted Jul 10, 2011


The Aces enter the Triple-A All-Star Break with a 10-game division lead, going a franchise-record 17 games over .500. Reno has also set a franchise record for wins before the break at 53 and sit a half-game behind Sacramento for the best record in the Pacific Coast League.

Reno rolled to a come-from-behind 6-2 victory over the Tacoma Rainiers Sunday to close out the first half.  They scored four runs in the seventh inning—highlighted by a three-run double by David Winfree—to take a lead that they would not relinquish.

Reno trailed 2-0 until the seventh, when Geoff Blum—playing on a major league rehabilitation assignment—put the Aces on the scoreboard for the first time with a run-scoring single. Two batters later, Winfree slapped a bases-loaded double down the left-field line to give Reno its first lead of the game, 4-2. The Aces added insurance runs in the eighth and ninth to seal the series victory.

Wade Miley (2-0) earned the victory, scattering two runs on six hits over 7.0 innings of work—marking his second-straight quality start in as many career Triple-A appearances. Out of the Aces bullpen, Daniel Stange worked a scoreless eighth and Bryan Shaw slammed the door with a perfect ninth.

At the plate for Reno, Blum finished with three hits, a run scored, and an RBI. Brandon Allen singled and doubled in a 10-hit Aces effort.

The Aces now go on a three-day hiatus for the Triple-A All-Star Break. In Wednesday’s Triple-A All-Star Game in Salt Lake City, Tony Abreu, Collin Cowgill, Cody Ransom, and Konrad Schmidt will represent Reno for the Pacific Coast League squad. The game can be seen live on the MLB Network at 6 p.m. PT.

Three Aces

  • Ransom's 85 RBI is a dozen more than the next-best run producer in the league.  He now sits one home run shy of matching an Aces single-season franchise record and one RBI shy of setting another Aces single-season franchise mark.
  • Cowgill leads the PCL with 123 hits and 85 runs scored
  • Wily Mo Pena, who spent most of the season with Reno before a promotion to the big leagues last month, still leads the PCL with a 1.165 OPS.



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