The Reno Aces are back in the win column.
Edgar Garcia, who had not pitched for a major league organization for four seasons before this year, pitched seven strong innings Tuesday afternoon as the Aces beat the Fresno Grizzlies 5-1 in front of a crowd of 2,942 at Chukchansi Park in Fresno.
The victory snapped a six-game losing streak for the Aces. Reno is now 26-33, 8.5 games behind first-place Fresno (34-24).
The 27-year-old Garcia, making just his second start for the Aces, allowed just three hits, a walk and a run while striking out two to earn his first victory (1-0). Garcia, signed as a free agent by the Arizona Diamondbacks in late December, last pitched for a major league organization in 2011 when he pitched for Wilmington and Northwest Arkansas in the Kansas City Royals’ system. He pitched for an independent team in El Paso in 2012, did not pitch at all in 2013 and returned in 2014 to pitch in the Dominican Winter League.
Garcia, who made seven appearances for Mobile in Double-A, made his Aces debut on June 4 at Aces Ballpark against Round Rock, He allowed four runs on seven hits. His seven-inning performance against Fresno is his longest outing of this season. His longest outing at Mobile was six innings against Tennessee on May 27.
The only run Garcia allowed came on a one-out homer by L.J. Hoes in the seventh inning.
The Aces gave Garcia a 5-0 lead with two runs in the third and fifth innings and a run in the sixth. Todd Glaesmann doubled ion Garrett Weber for the first run in the third off Fresno starter Dan Straily. Danny Dorn also brought home Glaesmann later in the inning with a sacrifice fly.
Dorn, who is hitting .414 this season, drilled a two-run homer (his fourth of the year) off Straily in the fifth inning as the Aces extended their lead to 4-0. Nick Evans and Mike Freeman hit doubles for the Aces’ final run in the sixth.
Straily, a former Oakland A’s pitcher, allowed all five Aces’ runs on eight hits, though he did strike out eight without walking a hitter.
Nick Buss had three singles for the Aces. Freeman, now hitting .335, had two doubles. The Aces had five doubles in the game.
Fresno had just four hits off Garcia and relievers Kaleb Fleck and Matt Stittes. Jon Singleton, Robbie Grossman and Nolan Fontana each had singles in addition to Hoes’ homer.
Stites, who pitched the ninth, got Grossman to bounce into a double play with two runners on base to end the game.
The Aces wasted a scoring opportunity in the eighth. Peter O’Brien was hit by a pitch and Evans walked to start the inning. Fresno reliever Jose Veras, though, then got Jamie Romak to fly out to center, Freeman to strike out and Weber to fly out to right to end the inning.
Th Aces head to Las Vegas for four games starting Thursday night before returning home for a brief three-game homestand against Tacoma June 15-7.