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Aces Host River Cats for Three-Game Homestand then Travel to Sacramento for Three-Game Road Trip

June 27, 2022

After a six-game road trip against the Salt Lake Bees, Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels, the Reno Aces return to Greater Nevada Field for a three-game homestand against the Sacramento River Cats, Triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, before finishing the week with a three-game road series

After a six-game road trip against the Salt Lake Bees, Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels, the Reno Aces return to Greater Nevada Field for a three-game homestand against the Sacramento River Cats, Triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, before finishing the week with a three-game road series in Sacramento.

The Aces earned three wins against the Bees to split the series.

SCOUTING SACRAMENTO

The River Cats recently completed a six-game homestand against the El Paso Chihuahuas, Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, and split the series with three wins apiece.

David Villar leads the Pacific Coast League with 20 homers and 58 RBI. The infielder mashed two homers and drove six runs against El Paso last week.

Sacramento’s resident base stealer, Bryce Johnson, ranks fifth in the Pacific Coast League with 17 stolen bases and sports a .291 batting average.

Enmanuel De Jesus headlines Sacramento’s starting rotation and is 2-0 in his last two starts with a combined 10 innings, allowing three earned runs on 10 hits and 13 strikeouts. His 4.27 ERA is the fifth-best in the league.

6-11 right-hander Sean Hjelle is coming off an impressive start from last Sunday. Hjelle spun five shutout innings, allowed just two hits and punched out six batters in a no-decision. The Kentucky product heads into this week’s series with a 4-3 record.

Aside from Hjelle (26), Sacramento’s roster includes four Top-30 prospects in the Giants organization: Heliot Ramos (5), Gregory Santos (14), Kervin Castro (19) and Will Wilson (21).

ACES HIGH

The Aces currently hold a 7-5 record against Sacramento this season. In their last series at Sacramento, the Aces went 4-2 and Dominic Canzone hit .300 (6-for-20) in six games with two grand slams, 12 RBI and seven runs scored. On the mound, Corbin Martin picked up a win with 5.2 innings of two-run ball (one earned) on three hits and struck out five batters.

In their most recent series against Salt Lake, Cooper Hummel swung a hot bat and hit .450 (9-for-20) in five games with a homer, five RBI, two doubles and three runs scored.

Seth Beer caught fire late in the series and finished the week hitting .380 (8-for-21) with a homer, five RBI and seven runs scored in six games.

Ryne Nelson impressed in his Wednesday start with 5.1 innings of one-run ball on five hits and matched a season-high eight strikeouts for his fifth win.

The impressive starting pitching trend continued when Tommy Henry spun his third quality start with six innings of two-run ball on eight hits and three strikeouts. Henry now ranks fourth in the Pacific Coast League with a 3.59 ERA.

Drey Jameson earned his first Triple-A win in a starter’s role Friday with six impressive innings of one-run ball on three hits and eight strikeouts.

Reno’s most consistent reliever, Keynan Middleton, continued to shine when he earned his first save as an Ace Friday night with a scoreless frame and added two strikeouts. The right-hander currently carries an 11-game scoreless outing streak.