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.
- 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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