The Reno Aces’ losing streak is now a week old.
The Aces lost for the sixth game in a row on Saturday, falling 7-1 to the Omaha Storm Chasers in front of a crowd of 3,291 at Werner Park in Omaha. The Aces have not won since beating Salt Lake 11-1 on May 16 at Aces Ballpark. Their one run on Saturday is their lowest offensive output since a 3-0 loss at Las Vegas on May 2.
The Aces are now 18-24, six games behind El Paso and in third place in the Pacific Coast League’s Pacific Northern Division. Omaha, the Triple-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, is 21-22 and in third place in the American Northern Division, eight games behind Oklahoma City.
The Aces actually took a 1-0 lead on Saturday for starter Vidal Nuno. Nick Evans got the Aces’ first hit of the night off Omaha starter Andy Ferguson, a two-out double in the fourth inning. Mike Freeman also followed with a double for the 1-0 lead.
That was the end of the Aces’ scoring.
Omaha took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth off Nuno on a two-run homer by Brett Eibner. Eibner now has five home runs this season. Omaha then scored three runs in the fifth to take a 5-1 lead off Nuno. Jose Martinez and Francisco Pena had back-to-back doubles for one run and Dusty Coleman added a two-run homer. The homer is Coleman’s first of the season.
Nuno suffered the loss and is now 3-3 on the year. The lefthander allowed six hits and five runs in 5.2 innings. Evan Marshall (1.1 innings, two unearned runs) and Kevin Munson (one shutout inning) followed Nuno to the mound for the Aces.
Ferguson earned the win to improve to 1-1 on the year. He allowed just four hits and a run in six innings while striking out 10. Buddy Baumann pitched the final three innings and allowed just two harmless hits for his second save of the year. Baumann fanned two to give the Storm Chasers’ pitching staff a dozen strikeouts on the night.
The Aces did get a single in the sixth (Evans), seventh (Danny Worth) and eighth (Evans again) innings but could not score.
Aces first baseman Danny Dorn struck out four times in four at-bats and is now 1-for-9 over his last two games to lower his average to .474. Dorn was 24-for-41 (.585) in his previous 11 games before the last two games. Evans had three hits and now has 13 hits in his last 30 at-bats (.433) with 18 RBI and four homers to raise his average 33 points to an even .300.
The Aces’ Garrett Weber singled and walked in four plate appearances and is now hitting .325.
The Aces and Storm Chasers will conclude their four-game series on Sunday. The Aces will then go to Iowa for four games before returning to Aces Ballpark on Friday to open a four-game series with New Orleans.