Travis Blackley, who had been successful against Salt Lake in
seven previous career starts (4-2, 2.72 ERA, 2 CG, 43 IP, 30 H, 12 BB, 35 SO),
continued that success last night by getting out of jams and allowing just one
run in 4 2/3 innings.
Josh Ellis, who was battered in his previous outing, rebounded to retire all
four batters he faced, two on strikeouts. Esmerling Vasquez and Leo Rosales matched the intensity of Ellis and combined for three scoreless frames
of their own. Neither reliever has allowed a run this year.
But the real story of the home opener was the offense, to which everyone
contributed. The Aces totaled 14 hits by 10 different players. The
only Aces position player who appeared in the game and did not collect a hit was
Ruben Gotay, who added two walks for the cause.
While nine different Aces scored runs in the contest, four players
monopolized the runs batted in: Alexander Romero, Augie Murillo, and Rusty Ryal
drove in two a piece, while Trent Oeltjen atoned for a first-inning fielding
error by knocking in four. Joshua Whitesell was the only player to score
more than once, doing so three times.
The Aces scored its season-high 11 runs without the benefit of a home run; a
remarkable 9-for-15 success rate with runners in scoring position kept the home
team churning around the bases
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